The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted Louisiana? Where cities and towns in Louisiana have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?
Turns out there’s been a 29.3% increase in the Hispanic population in Louisiana.
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Louisiana with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:
- Kenner (Photos)
- Gretna (Photos)
- Oakdale (Photos)
- Leesville (Photos)
- Morgan City (Photos)
- Bossier City (Photos)
- Gonzales (Photos)
- Deridder (Photos)
- Slidell (Photos)
- Franklin (Photos)
Kenner took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Louisiana for 2018.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Louisiana ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018
We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Louisiana.
That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:
- Hispanic or Latino
- White alone*
- Black or African American alone*
- American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
- Asian alone*
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
- Some other race alone*
- Two or more races*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 61 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 22.9% to 0.1%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Kenner took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Jennings was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Louisiana ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
Kenner is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. State of Louisiana. It is the largest city in Jefferson Parish, United States, Louisiana’s second-most populous parish, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 66,702 at the 2010 census.
Gretna is the second-largest city and parish seat of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. Gretna is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans. It is part of the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,736 at the 2010 census.
5. Morgan City
6. Bossier City
Bossier City is a city in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States.
Gonzales is a small city in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 9,781. Known as the ‘Jambalaya Capital of the World’, it is famous for its annual Jambalaya Festival, which was first held in 1968. Stephen ‘Steve’ F. Juneau came up with the idea for the Jambalaya Festival and served as the first president of the Jambalaya Festival Association President.
DeRidder is a small city in and the parish seat of Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, United States. A small portion of the city extends into Vernon Parish. As of the 2010 census DeRidder had a population of 10,578. It is the smaller principal city of the Fort Polk South-DeRidder CSA, a Combined Statistical Area that includes the Fort Polk South and DeRidder micropolitan areas, which had a combined population of 87,988 at the 2010 census.
Slidell is the largest city situated on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 27,068 at the 2010 census. Greater Slidell has a population of about 90,000. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Franklin is a small city in and the parish seat of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,660 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Morgan City Micropolitan Statistical Area.
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across Louisiana
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across Louisiana according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in Louisiana:
- Ville Platte
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Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Louisiana