Fort Polk South, LA

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Population

51,906

0.374% decline

Median Age

30.1


Median Household Income

$46,620

0.127% growth

Poverty Rate

16.9%


Number of Employees

17,386

1.86% decline

Median Property Value

$116,600

8.06% growth

About

In 2017, Fort Polk South, LA had a population of 51.9k people with a median age of 30.1 and a median household income of $46,620. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fort Polk South, LA declined from 52,101 to 51,906, a -0.374% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,561 to $46,620, a 0.127% increase.

The population of Fort Polk South, LA is 70.1% White Alone, 14.1% Black or African American Alone, and 9.36% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Fort Polk South, LA speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Fort Polk South, LA is $116,600, and the homeownership rate is 52.4%. Most people in Fort Polk South, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Polk South, LA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Fort Polk South, LA employs 17.4k people. The largest industries in Fort Polk South, LA are Public Administration (2,821 people), Retail Trade (2,103 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,017 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($56,883), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($55,160), and Manufacturing ($51,066).

Median household income in Fort Polk South, LA is $46,620. Males in Fort Polk South, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Fort Polk South, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,620

2017 value

± $1,257

0.127%

1 Year Growth

± 3.99%

Households in Fort Polk South, LA have a median annual income of $46,620, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,561 in 2016, which represents a 0.127% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.55 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Polk South, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Polk South, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $79,495, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $65,392 and $64,067.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Polk South, LA (8.43k out of 50k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    6,303 ± 447

  2. Black

    1,447 ± 178

  3. Hispanic

    837 ± 173

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fort Polk South, LA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

17.4k

2017 Value

± 692

-1.86%

1 Year decline

± 5.76%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Polk South, LA declined at a rate of -1.86%, from 17.7k employees to 17.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Polk South, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,339 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,854 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,539 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Polk South, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fort Polk South, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,339 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,854 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,539 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fort Polk South, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.16 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.22 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.78 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fort Polk South, LA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,000), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($64,643), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,733).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

17.4k

2017 Value

± 692

-1.86%

1 Year decline

± 5.76%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Polk South, LA declined at a rate of -1.86%, from 17.7k employees to 17.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Polk South, LA, are Public Administration (2,821 people), Retail Trade (2,103 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,017 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fort Polk South, LA, though some of these residents may live in Fort Polk South, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fort Polk South, LA, by number of employees, are Public Administration (2,821 people), Retail Trade (2,103 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,017 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fort Polk South, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.74 times higher than expected), Public Administration (3.48 times), and Construction (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fort Polk South, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($56,883), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($55,160), and Manufacturing ($51,066).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $79.9B

  2. $78.1B

  3. $43.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $79.9B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($78.1B) and Basic chemicals ($43.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$395B

2020 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

20.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Louisiana trade was $395B. This is expected to increase 20.5% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $41.9B

  2. $38.6B

  3. $13.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $41.9B, followed by Mississippi with $38.6B and Florida and $13.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.2% of the population of Fort Polk South, LA has health coverage, with 25.4% on employee plans, 16.9% on Medicaid, 6.67% on Medicare, 20.4% on non-group plans, and 19.9% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Fort Polk South, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Fort Polk South, LA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,527 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.8%

Uninsured

25.4%

Employer Coverage

16.9%

Medicaid

6.67%

Medicare

20.4%

Non-Group

19.9%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Polk South, LA declined by 7.51% from 11.6% to 10.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fort Polk South, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fort Polk South, LA is home to a population of 51.9k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.79% of Fort Polk South, LA residents were born outside of the country (1.97k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fort Polk South, LA is composed of 36.4k White Alone residents (70.1%), 7.3k Black or African American Alone residents (14.1%), 4.86k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.36%), 1.44k Two or More Races residents (2.78%), 908 Asian Alone residents (1.75%), 725 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.4%), 233 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.449%), and 58 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.112%).

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fort Polk South, LA was 30.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Fort Polk South, LA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Fort Polk South, LA residents was 30.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.79%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.97k people

3.97%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.07k people

As of 2017, 3.79% of Fort Polk South, LA residents (1.97k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Polk South, LA was 3.97%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Fort Polk South, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Polk South, LA was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    36.4k ± 26

  2. Black or African American Alone

    7.3k ± 154

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.86k ± 474

In 2017, there were 4.99 times more White Alone residents (36.4k people) in Fort Polk South, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.3k Black or African American Alone and 4.86k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fort Polk South, LA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,937 ± 320

  2. Vietnam

    1,252 ± 120

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,072 ± 167

Fort Polk South, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.35 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Polk South, LA was $116,600 in 2017, which is 0.508 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $107,900 to $116,600, a 8.06% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Polk South, LA is 52.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fort Polk South, LA have an average commute time of 21.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fort Polk South, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$116,600

2017 Median

± $7,423

$107,900

2016 Median

± $6,873

In 2017, the median property value in Fort Polk South, LA grew to to $116,600 from the previous year's value of $107,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fort Polk South, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Polk South, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$46,620

Median Household Income

± $1,257

17.9k

Number of Households

± 712

In 2017, the median household income of the 17.9k households in Fort Polk South, LA grew to $46,620 from the previous year's value of $46,561.

The following chart displays the households in Fort Polk South, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

None

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fort Polk South, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Polk South, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

52.4%

2017 Homeownership

53.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 52.4% of the housing units in Fort Polk South, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 53.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fort Polk South, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Polk South, LA have a shorter commute time (21.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.76% of the workforce in Fort Polk South, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85%

  2. Carpooled

    8.4%

  3. Walked

    2.65%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fort Polk South, LA was Drove Alone (85%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.4%) and those who Walked (2.65%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fort Polk South, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fort Polk South, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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