Livingston Parish boasts largest population boom in the state

LIVINGSTON — Livingston Parish leads the Baton Rouge metro area and the state in population growth, recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows.

Since 2020, Livingston Parish has experienced a notable 6% increase in population, distinguishing it as one of just eight Louisiana parishes to see growth during this period. Conversely, the majority of the state has witnessed a decline in population ranging between 1% to 5%, resulting in an overall decrease of nearly 2% since 2020.

South Louisiana population boom

Livingston Parish is not alone in its population surge among local parishes. Both West Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes have also seen substantial growth, with nearly a 4% increase in population since 2020. Ascension Parish’s population has risen from 126,978 to 131,632 residents, while West Baton Rouge has seen its population climb from 27,262 to 28,266.

These three parishes-Livingston, West Baton Rouge and Ascension-stand out for consistently gaining residents each year since 2020, with the most significant increases occurring between 2020 and 2021. Additionally, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes have experienced population growth of 4% and 3%, respectively.

Baton Rouge loses residents

While neighboring areas around Baton Rouge are experiencing population growth, East Baton Rouge Parish has faced a consistent decline in residents since 2020, dropping from 455,899 residents to 448,567, reflecting a nearly 2% decrease.

Other areas in proximity to Baton Rouge also show declines in population. Assumption Parish has experienced a decline of 3.83%, Pointe Coupee Parish 3.64%, East Feliciana Parish 1.60%, Iberville Parish 1.49%, St. Helena Parish 1.14%, and although West Feliciana Parish has seen an overall increase since 2020, there was a slight population decrease of -0.16% between 2022 and 2023.

Leaving Louisiana

In contrast, the New Orleans metro area has witnessed a significant population decline, with a loss of 4.3% of its residents, marking the largest population decrease among areas nationwide with at least 5,000 residents. Orleans Parish, in particular, has seen its population decrease by nearly 5% between 2020 and 2023.

The most substantial population decline in the state occurred in Cameron Parish, where there has been a staggering 15% decrease in population since 2020. This decline follows the devastation by Hurricane Laura in 2020, making Cameron Parish the hardest-hit area in the nation in terms of population loss.

Overall, Louisiana has experienced a near 2% reduction in its population since 2020. However, between 2022 and 2023, the rate of decline slowed, suggesting that the population decrease may be stabilizing.

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