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Child population (Number)

Location Data Type 2018
Louisiana
Number
1,095,916
St. James
Number
4,748
Location Data Type 2018
Louisiana
Number
1,095,916
St. James
Number
4,748
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Definitions: Child population ages 0-17.
Figures for 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 represent Census counts from April 1 of the stated years. Data presented for 2001 through 2009 are Vintage 2009 population estimates.  Data presented for 2011 through 2019 are Vintage 2019 population estimates.  Each year the U.S. Census Bureau revises its population estimates. Therefore, data presented here may differ from previously published estimates.


Data Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau.
1980: U.S. Census Bureau: Census 1980, Summary Tape File 1, extracted from National Historical Geographic Information System; 1990: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 1990, Summary File 1, extracted from National Historical Geographic Information System; 2000: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2000, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder; 2001-2009: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Release Date: June 2010, available at http://www.census.gov; 2000: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2010, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder; 2011-2019: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Release Date: June 2020, available at http://www.census.gov.

Footnotes: Updated November 18, 2020

Child population by age group (Number)

Location Age group Data Type 2019
Louisiana
0 to 4
Number
301,469
Louisiana
5 to 13
Number
547,589
Louisiana
14 to 17
Number
238,572
Louisiana
less than 18
Number
1,087,630
St. James
0 to 4
Number
1,304
St. James
5 to 13
Number
2,442
St. James
14 to 17
Number
1,083
St. James
less than 18
Number
4,829
Location Age group Data Type 2019
Louisiana
0 to 4
Number
301,469
Louisiana
5 to 13
Number
547,589
Louisiana
14 to 17
Number
238,572
Louisiana
less than 18
Number
1,087,630
St. James
0 to 4
Number
1,304
St. James
5 to 13
Number
2,442
St. James
14 to 17
Number
1,083
St. James
less than 18
Number
4,829
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Definitions: Child population by age group.
Figures for 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 represent Census counts from April 1 of the stated years. Data presented for 2011-2019 are Vintage 2019 estimates. Data presented for 2001 through 2009 are Vintage 2009 population estimates.  Each year the U.S. Census Bureau revises their post-2010 estimates. Therefore, data presented here may differ from previously published estimates. 

Data Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

1980: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 1980, Summary Tape File 1, extracted from National Historical Geographic Information System 1990: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 1990, Summary File 1, extracted from National Historical Geographic Information System, 2000: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2000, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder, 2001-2009: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Release Date: June 2010, available at www.census.gov, 2010:  2000: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2010, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder 2011-2019: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Release Date: June 2020, available at www.census.gov.

Footnotes: Note that data for 2001-2009 and 2011-2019 represent estimates (not actual counts) of the resident population as of July 1 of the stated year, while data from 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 represent Census counts for April 1 of the stated year.  For more information on how the Census develops estimates, please visit the Population Estimates page at the Census Bureau's web site.

Updated November 18, 2020

Total population by child and adult populations (Number & Percent)

Location Age group Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Less than age 18
Number
1,087,630
Louisiana
Less than age 18
Percent
23.4%
Louisiana
Age 18 and Over
Number
3,561,164
Louisiana
Age 18 and Over
Percent
76.6%
Louisiana
Total population
Number
4,648,794
Louisiana
Total population
Percent
100.0%
St. James
Less than age 18
Number
4,829
St. James
Less than age 18
Percent
22.9%
St. James
Age 18 and Over
Number
16,267
St. James
Age 18 and Over
Percent
77.1%
St. James
Total population
Number
21,096
St. James
Total population
Percent
100.0%
Location Age group Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Less than age 18
Number
1,087,630
Louisiana
Less than age 18
Percent
23.4%
Louisiana
Age 18 and Over
Number
3,561,164
Louisiana
Age 18 and Over
Percent
76.6%
Louisiana
Total population
Number
4,648,794
Louisiana
Total population
Percent
100.0%
St. James
Less than age 18
Number
4,829
St. James
Less than age 18
Percent
22.9%
St. James
Age 18 and Over
Number
16,267
St. James
Age 18 and Over
Percent
77.1%
St. James
Total population
Number
21,096
St. James
Total population
Percent
100.0%
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Definitions: Number - population by child and adult categories.
Percent - share of the population belonging to the child or adult categories.

Data for 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 reflect official Census counts from April 1 of the stated year, while data for 2001-2018 reflect population estimates for July 1 of the stated year. Data presented for 2001 through 2009 are Vintage 2009 population estimates.  Data presented for 2011-2019 are Vintage 2019 population estimates. Each year the U.S. Census Bureau revises their post-2010 estimates. Therefore, data presented here may differ from previously published estimates.

Data Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau.

1980: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 1980, Summary Tape File 1, extracted from National Historical Geographic Information System, 1990: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 1990, Summary File 1, extracted from National Historical Geographic Information System, 2000: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2000, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder, 2001-2009: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Release Date: June 2010, available at http://www.census.gov/popest/, 2010: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2000, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder, 2011-2019: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Release Date: June 2020, available at www.census.gov.

Footnotes: Updated November 18, 2020

Child population by race (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Total
Number
1,087,630
Louisiana
Total
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
79,882
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
7.3%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Number
7,951
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Percent
0.7%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Asian
Number
19,920
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Asian
Percent
1.8%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
409,784
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
37.7%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
570,093
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
52.4%
St. James
Total
Number
4,829
St. James
Total
Percent
100.0%
St. James
Hispanic
Number
157
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
3.3%
St. James
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Number
10
St. James
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Percent
0.2%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Asian
Number
16
St. James
Non-Hispanic Asian
Percent
0.3%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
2,485
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
51.5%
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
2,161
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
44.8%
Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Total
Number
1,087,630
Louisiana
Total
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
79,882
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
7.3%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Number
7,951
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Percent
0.7%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Asian
Number
19,920
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Asian
Percent
1.8%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
409,784
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
37.7%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
570,093
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
52.4%
St. James
Total
Number
4,829
St. James
Total
Percent
100.0%
St. James
Hispanic
Number
157
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
3.3%
St. James
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Number
10
St. James
Non-Hispanic American Indian
Percent
0.2%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Asian
Number
16
St. James
Non-Hispanic Asian
Percent
0.3%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
2,485
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
51.5%
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
2,161
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
44.8%
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Definitions: Estimate of resident population ages 0-17 by race and Hispanic origin.

Data Source: 2000-2020: Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations." Available: http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop

Footnotes: Estimates presented here are "bridged race estimates," meaning that statistical methods have been used to create new population estimates showing four racial categories (plus Hispanic origin) rather than the 31 race groups used by the 2000 and 2010 Census.  For more information on race bridging, please visit the National Center for Health Statistics web site.

Updated November 15, 2021

Federal earned income tax credit (EITC) (Number, Percent & Currency)

Location Data Type 2008
Louisiana
Percent
27%
Louisiana
Number
505,387
Louisiana
Currency
$1,211,303,516
St. James
Percent
28%
St. James
Number
2,748
St. James
Currency
$7,030,596
Location Data Type 2008
Louisiana
Percent
27%
Louisiana
Number
505,387
Louisiana
Currency
$1,211,303,516
St. James
Percent
28%
St. James
Number
2,748
St. James
Currency
$7,030,596
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Definitions: Number - the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit
Percent - the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit per 100 tax returns filed
Currency - the total value of earned income tax credits received

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Brookings Institution's EITC Interactive data system.

Footnotes: Data for 1997-2008 reflects a full year of tax return data. Beginning with 2009, data reflects tax returns filed between January and June.

Note that this indicator reflects the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the EITC, not the number of households or children receiving the EITC. A single household can have multiple tax filers (such as when several unmarried adults share a house). Additionally, some households do not include any tax filers. 

For more EITC data, please visit Brookings' EITC Interactive Data System at http://www.brookings.edu/metro/EITC/EITC-Data.aspx.

Federal earned income tax credit (Currency, Percent & Number)

Location Data Type 2012
Louisiana
Number
515,787
Louisiana
Percent
28.6%
Louisiana
Currency
$1,384,861,618
St. James
Number
2,679
St. James
Percent
29.3%
St. James
Currency
$7,716,960
Location Data Type 2012
Louisiana
Number
515,787
Louisiana
Percent
28.6%
Louisiana
Currency
$1,384,861,618
St. James
Number
2,679
St. James
Percent
29.3%
St. James
Currency
$7,716,960
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Definitions: Number - the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit
Percent - the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit per 100 tax returns filed
Currency - the total value of earned income tax credits received

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Brookings Institution's EITC Interactive data system.

Footnotes: Data for 1997-2008 reflects a full year of tax return data. Beginning with 2009, data reflects tax returns filed between January and June.

Note that this indicator reflects the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the EITC, not the number of households or children receiving the EITC. A single household can have multiple tax filers (such as when several unmarried adults share a house). Additionally, some households do not include any tax filers. 

For more EITC data, please visit Brookings' EITC Interactive Data System.

Federal earned income tax credit (number & currency)

Location Data Type 2014
Louisiana
currency
$1,421,718,854
Louisiana
number
507,218.0
St. James
currency
$7,855,741
St. James
number
2,601.0
Location Data Type 2014
Louisiana
currency
$1,421,718,854
Louisiana
number
507,218.0
St. James
currency
$7,855,741
St. James
number
2,601.0
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Definitions: Number - the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit
Currency - the total value of earned income tax credits received

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Brookings Institution's EITC Interactive data system.

Footnotes: Data for 1997-2008 reflects a full year of tax return data. Beginning with 2009, data reflects tax returns filed between January and June. Beginning with the 2014 tax year, the IRS imposed much more stringent data sanitization requirements on the source Brookings uses to provide this data, the IRS-SPEC ZIP code data, which has led to significant changes in what is available. Specifically, the IRS-SPEC database for Tax Year 2014:

  • Only includes information on returns with adjusted gross incomes (AGI) under $60,000; 
  • Only includes data for ZIP codes that have more than 100 filers with AGIs under $60,000. All other ZIP codes are suppressed;
Note that this indicator reflects the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the EITC, not the number of households or children receiving the EITC. A single household can have multiple tax filers (such as when several unmarried adults share a house). Additionally, some households do not include any tax filers. 

For more EITC data, please visit Brookings' EITC Interactive Data System.

Median household income (Currency)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Currency
$51,000
St. James
Currency
$57,000
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Currency
$51,000
St. James
Currency
$57,000
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Definitions: Median household income is the estimated point at which one half of all households have higher incomes and one half of all households have lower incomes.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Washington D.C. 

Footnotes: Please use caution in interpreting income trends from year to year, as the methodology and data sources used to produce income estimates changed significantly, beginning with the release of the 2005 estimates. For more information, visit http://www.census.gov//did/www/saipe/index.html.

Data updated February 8, 2021.

Unemployment (annual average) (Number & Percent)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
101,169
Louisiana
Percent
4.8%
St. James
Number
554
St. James
Percent
6.0%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
101,169
Louisiana
Percent
4.8%
St. James
Number
554
St. James
Percent
6.0%
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Definitions: Number - the estimated average annual number of unemployed workers in the civilian labor force.
Rate - the estimated average annual number of unemployed workers in the civilian labor force per 100 workers in the labor force.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines unemployed persons as "All persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed." 

Data Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Monthly data is available at the BLS web site.

Footnotes: Data from 2007 and later reflect a revised model used to develop unemployment estimates.  Data from 2010 and later reflect revised population controls.

NA - data for hurricane-impacted parishes is not available for 2005 and 2006.

Data updated December 3, 2021.

Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force (Number & Percent)

Location Data Type 2015 - 2019
Louisiana
Number
237,650
Louisiana
Percent
68%
St. James
Number
1,240
St. James
Percent
79%
Location Data Type 2015 - 2019
Louisiana
Number
237,650
Louisiana
Percent
68%
St. James
Number
1,240
St. James
Percent
79%
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Definitions:  The share of children under age 6 whose resident parents are in the civilian labor force.

Data Source: Agenda for Children, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 - 2019 American Community Survey.

Footnotes: Updated December 3, 2021

Households with earnings below the ALICE threshold (Number & Percent)

Location Income level Data Type 2018
Louisiana
Households in poverty
Number
314,968
Louisiana
Households in poverty
Percent
18.1%
Louisiana
ALICE households
Number
576,381
Louisiana
ALICE households
Percent
33.2%
Louisiana
All households with income below the ALICE threshold
Number
891,349
Louisiana
All households with income below the ALICE threshold
Percent
51.4%
St. James
Households in poverty
Number
1,355
St. James
Households in poverty
Percent
17.1%
St. James
ALICE households
Number
2,176
St. James
ALICE households
Percent
27.5%
St. James
All households with income below the ALICE threshold
Number
3,531
St. James
All households with income below the ALICE threshold
Percent
44.7%
Location Income level Data Type 2018
Louisiana
Households in poverty
Number
314,968
Louisiana
Households in poverty
Percent
18.1%
Louisiana
ALICE households
Number
576,381
Louisiana
ALICE households
Percent
33.2%
Louisiana
All households with income below the ALICE threshold
Number
891,349
Louisiana
All households with income below the ALICE threshold
Percent
51.4%
St. James
Households in poverty
Number
1,355
St. James
Households in poverty
Percent
17.1%
St. James
ALICE households
Number
2,176
St. James
ALICE households
Percent
27.5%
St. James
All households with income below the ALICE threshold
Number
3,531
St. James
All households with income below the ALICE threshold
Percent
44.7%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The official poverty threshold is widely acknowledged to be an outdated measure of a family's needs. United Way has developed the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) measure as a way to calculate how many households in our community have earnings that are above the official poverty threshold, but below what it takes to meet basic needs in each of Louisiana's parishes. Where the federal poverty threshold is based on the cost of the national "thrifty" food diet multiplied by three, the ALICE threshold is developed using local data on the cost of household essentials, including food, health care, transportation, housing, and child care (when applicable).
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Definitions: Households in poverty
number - number of households with income below the official poverty threshold
percent - number of households with income below the official poverty threshold per 100 households

ALICE households
number - number of households with income above the official poverty threshold, but below the threshold for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE)
percent - number of households with income above the official poverty threshold, but below the ALICE threshold per 100 households

All households with income below the ALICE threshold
number - total number of households with income below the threshold for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE), including households with income below the official poverty threshold
percent - total number of households with income below the threshold for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE), including households with income below the official poverty threshold per 100 households

Data Source: United Way, United for ALICE Research Center

Footnotes: Visit the United for ALICE Research Center for more information about how the ALICE measure was developed, and learn about ALICE survival budgets by family size, family members' ages and parish.

Updated December 7, 2020

Children served by the FITAP program (Number & Percent)

Location Data Type FY 2021
Louisiana
Number
4,091
Louisiana
Percent
0.4%
St. James
Number
16
St. James
Percent
0.3%
Location Data Type FY 2021
Louisiana
Number
4,091
Louisiana
Percent
0.4%
St. James
Number
16
St. James
Percent
0.3%
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Definitions: Number - the average number of children served by the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) in a state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Percent - the average number of children served by the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) in a state fiscal year (July 1-June 30) per 100 children in the population.

Data Source: FITAP Data: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Family Support, Quality Assurance Division.
Population Data: 2001-2019: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Available at http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php

Footnotes: FITAP provides cash assistance to families with children when the financial resources of the family are insufficient to meet subsistence needs. The average family in the program consists of a mother and two children. The average grant in Louisiana is $222 per month. 

Because FITAP data are based on state fiscal year averages, population estimates for two years were averaged to calculate a FITAP participation rate per 100 children.

LNE (Low Number Event) - a value of fewer than 5 events

Updated October 26, 2021

Children served by the kinship care program (Number & Rate per 1,000 children)

Location Data Type FY 2021
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000 children
2.7
Louisiana
Number
2,904
St. James
Rate per 1,000 children
2.1
St. James
Number
10
Location Data Type FY 2021
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000 children
2.7
Louisiana
Number
2,904
St. James
Rate per 1,000 children
2.1
St. James
Number
10
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Definitions: Number: Average number of children served by the Kinship Care program in a state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Rate: Average number of children served by the Kinship Care program in a state fiscal year (July 1-June 30) per 1,000 children in the population.

Data Source: Kinship Care Data: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Family Support, Quality Assurance Division
Population Data: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Available at http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php

Footnotes: The Kinship Care subsidy provides cash assistance ($222 a month per child) to relatives who are caring for a related child in their home. In order to qualify for the program, the child must live with the relative full-time and the parents cannot live in the same home as the child. In addition to other requirements, the relative and child must meet the program's income guidelines.

LNE (Low Number Event) - a value of fewer than 5 events and thus is not reported as a numerical value.

Because Kinship Care data are based on state fiscal year averages, population estimates for two years were averaged to calculate a Kinship Care participation rate per 1,000 children. 

Updated November 17, 2020



Children served by the child care assistance program (Number & Percent)

Location Status Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Served
Number
14,526
Louisiana
Served
Percent
1.8%
Louisiana
On Waitlist
Number
3,797
Louisiana
On Waitlist
Percent
0.5%
St. James
Served
Number
31
St. James
Served
Percent
0.9%
St. James
On Waitlist
Number
13
St. James
On Waitlist
Percent
0.4%
Location Status Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Served
Number
14,526
Louisiana
Served
Percent
1.8%
Louisiana
On Waitlist
Number
3,797
Louisiana
On Waitlist
Percent
0.5%
St. James
Served
Number
31
St. James
Served
Percent
0.9%
St. James
On Waitlist
Number
13
St. James
On Waitlist
Percent
0.4%
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Definitions: Number - the average number of children who were served by the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in a state fiscal year (July 1-June 30) or calendar year. Note that waitlist data is reported according to the number of children on the waitlist in August of a given year,
Percent - the average number of children who were served by, or on the waitlist for, the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in a state fiscal year per 100 children ages 0-12.

Data Source: Child Care Assistance Data: 2015 and earlier: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Family Support, Quality Assurance Division. 2016-2019: Louisiana Department of Education

 Population Data: 2000-2009: Puzzanchera, C., Finnegan, T. and Kang, W. "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations," extracted from http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/ 2010: U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2010, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder, 2011-2018: Puzzanchera, C., Finnegan, T. and Kang, W. "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations," extracted from http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/ 

Footnotes: CCAP helps low- and moderate-income families by subsidizing a portion of eligible working families' child care costs. The program serves children under age 13, as well as disabled children under age 18. 

Because CCAP data was reported by fiscal year prior to 2016, the population data used to calculate the percentage for those years reflects an average of two calendar years of data.

Updated June 29, 2020

Children served by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type FY 2021
Louisiana
Number
404,732
Louisiana
Percent
37.2%
St. James
Number
1,879
St. James
Percent
38.9%
Location Data Type FY 2021
Louisiana
Number
404,732
Louisiana
Percent
37.2%
St. James
Number
1,879
St. James
Percent
38.9%
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Definitions: Number - the average number of children served by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in a given state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Percent - the average number of children served by SNAP in a given state fiscal year (July 1-June 30) per 100 children ages 0-17 in the population.

Data Source: SNAP participation data - Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Family Support, Quality Assurance Division.
Population Data - 2004-2009 and 2011-2019 Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C., 2010:  U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2010, Summary File 1

Footnotes: SNAP provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy food. Because SNAP data are based on state fiscal year averages, population estimates for two years were averaged to calculate a SNAP participation rate per 100 children.

Updated November 11, 2021

Women, infants and children served by WIC (Number)

Location WIC category Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Mothers
Number
59,057
Louisiana
Infants
Number
32,516
Louisiana
Children ages 1 - 5
Number
92,093
Louisiana
Total
Number
183,666
St. James
Mothers
Number
254
St. James
Infants
Number
127
St. James
Children ages 1 - 5
Number
417
St. James
Total
Number
798
Location WIC category Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Mothers
Number
59,057
Louisiana
Infants
Number
32,516
Louisiana
Children ages 1 - 5
Number
92,093
Louisiana
Total
Number
183,666
St. James
Mothers
Number
254
St. James
Infants
Number
127
St. James
Children ages 1 - 5
Number
417
St. James
Total
Number
798
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Definitions: Number of women and children receiving nutrition education and dietary supplements through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, by special request

Footnotes: For more information about WIC in Louisiana, including information on how to apply, visit the Louisiana Department of Health's web site.

Population in poverty (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type 2018
Louisiana
Number
848,010
Louisiana
Percent
19%
St. James
Number
3,490
St. James
Percent
17%
Location Data Type 2018
Louisiana
Number
848,010
Louisiana
Percent
19%
St. James
Number
3,490
St. James
Percent
17%
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Definitions: Estimated number and percentage of the total population with incomes less than the federal poverty threshold.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Washington D.C. 

Footnotes: Please use caution in interpreting poverty trends from year to year, as the methodology and data sources used to produce poverty estimates changed significantly, beginning with the release of the 2005 poverty estimates.   For more information, visit http://www.census.gov//did/www/saipe/index.html.

Updated February 18, 2020

Children in poverty (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
282,300
Louisiana
Percent
26%
St. James
Number
1,130
St. James
Percent
24%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
282,300
Louisiana
Percent
26%
St. James
Number
1,130
St. James
Percent
24%
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Definitions: Estimated number and percentage of related children under age 18 living in families with incomes less than the federal poverty threshold.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Washington D.C. 

Footnotes: Please use caution in interpreting poverty trends from year to year, as the methodology and data sources used to produce poverty estimates changed significantly, beginning with the release of the 2005 poverty estimates. For more information, visit http://www.census.gov//did/www/saipe/index.html.

Updated February 8, 2021

Licensed early learning centers (Number)

Location License Type Data Type June 2020
Louisiana
Type I
Number
144
Louisiana
Type II
Number
133
Louisiana
Type III
Number
668
Louisiana
All Types
Number
945
St. James
Type I
Number
0
St. James
Type II
Number
0
St. James
Type III
Number
0
St. James
All Types
Number
0
Location License Type Data Type June 2020
Louisiana
Type I
Number
144
Louisiana
Type II
Number
133
Louisiana
Type III
Number
668
Louisiana
All Types
Number
945
St. James
Type I
Number
0
St. James
Type II
Number
0
St. James
Type III
Number
0
St. James
All Types
Number
0
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Definitions: Number of licensed early learning centers (also known as day care centers) by license type.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Licensing, Baton Rouge, LA and Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge, LA

Footnotes: The Louisiana Department of Education licenses early learning centers in Louisiana. Licensed facilities must meet minimum standards regarding health and safety, program activities, staff training, environment, and child/staff ratios. Some programs serving young children are exempt from the Louisiana DOE licensing regulations and are thus excluded from this count. Exempt facilities include: private or public day schools serving children in grades one and above or operating kindergartens or prekindergarten programs, as well as certified Montessori schools, camps, and some part-day programs.

In Louisiana, centers can receive a Type I, Type II or Type III license. Requirements vary for each type of licensing. Only Type III centers are eligible to receive most sources of government funding for early learning centers (e.g. the Child Care Assistance Program, Early Head Start. Head Start, LA4, Nonpublic Schools Early Childhood Development funds and Preschool Expansion Grant funding). Type III centers are required to participate in Louisiana's accountability system for early childhood education programs.

Louisiana's licensing regulations can be found in Bulletin 137.

Updated June 30, 2020

Capacity of licensed child care centers (Number)

Location Data Type June 2020
Louisiana
Number
83,187
St. James
Number
0
Location Data Type June 2020
Louisiana
Number
83,187
St. James
Number
0
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Definitions: The combined total capacity of licensed early learning centers. Capacity reflects the total number of children that can be legally cared for in a particular center.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Licensing, Baton Rouge, LA and Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge, LA

Footnotes: Capacity is determined by a facility’s physical characteristics and size. Because many centers do not operate at full capacity for various reasons (including quality, staffing difficulties, low demand, etc.), the actual number of children served in licensed settings is likely to be  lower than the maximum capacity.

Note that June 2020 data reflects the capacity of open centers, and does not include the capacity of sites that have temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Updated June 30, 2020

Median cost of child care in a Type III/Class A child care center (Currency)

Location Age group Data Type 2017
Louisiana
Infant
Currency
$7,020
Louisiana
Infant & 3 year old
Currency
$13,520
St. James
Infant
Currency
$5,980
St. James
Infant & 3 year old
Currency
$11,960
Location Age group Data Type 2017
Louisiana
Infant
Currency
$7,020
Louisiana
Infant & 3 year old
Currency
$13,520
St. James
Infant
Currency
$5,980
St. James
Infant & 3 year old
Currency
$11,960
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Definitions: The median annual cost of child care in a Type III (or, for years prior to 2017, Class A) child care center.

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data from the "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2005," "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2007," "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2009,"  "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2010," "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2012," and "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2014," which were produced by Care Solutions, Inc. and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. The full reports for 2005-2014 are available from the Care Solution's web siteThe 2017 Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey was produced by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab and is available through the Louisiana Department of Education's web site.

Footnotes: Because data is not available at the parish level, this data reflects the median cost of child care in that parish's DCFS region for the 2005-2014 data. The parish's zone (urban versus non-urban) was used for the 2017 data, as that is the smallest geography that was made publicly available. The annual cost was determined by multiplying the median weekly weekday rate by 52 to provide an estimate of the cost of full-time, year-round care. Note that the median cost is that point at which half of the child care centers in that region are more expensive, and half are less expensive.

Center-based child care costs as a percentage of median income (Percent)

Location Age group Data Type 2017
Louisiana
Infant
Percent
15%
Louisiana
Infant & 3 year old
Percent
29%
St. James
Infant
Percent
11%
St. James
Infant & 3 year old
Percent
23%
Location Age group Data Type 2017
Louisiana
Infant
Percent
15%
Louisiana
Infant & 3 year old
Percent
29%
St. James
Infant
Percent
11%
St. James
Infant & 3 year old
Percent
23%
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Definitions: The median cost for child care in a Type III (or, prior to 2017, a Class A center) as a percentage of the parish's median income.

Data Source: Child Care Costs - Agenda for Children's analysis of data from the "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2005," "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2007," "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2009," "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2010," "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2012," and "Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey 2014," which are produced by Care Solutions, Inc. and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services; The 2017 Louisiana Child Care Market Rate Survey was produced by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab and is available through the Louisiana Department of Education's web site.

 Median Household Income Data - U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Washington D.C.

Footnotes: Because parish-level data is not available, the child care costs for each DCFS region was used as the denominator prior to 2017. Beginning with the 2017 survey, data is reported according to each parish's zone (urban versus nonurban), which was the smallest geography made publicly available.

Pre-kindergarten enrollment in public schools (Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
35,033
St. James
Number
356
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
35,033
St. James
Number
356
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Definitions: Number of children enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs in public schools. This count includes children enrolled in special education, as well as children enrolled in general education programs.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Education, Planning, Analysis & Information Resources Division

Footnotes: Louisiana operates several different preschool programs through the public school system, including LA4 and programs funded through 8(g) grants and Title I funds. Some parishes also offer Head Start programs in public schools.

For parish-level data, data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools, lab schools and city districts are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for Louisiana School for the Deaf and Louisiana Special Education Center are not included in parish-level data, but are reflected in the statewide totals.

Data reflect October total enrollment counts, except for SY 2005 data, which reflect February 2006 counts.

Updated June 30, 2020

Public school students eligible to receive free or reduced lunch (Number & Percent)

Location Data Type 2013
Louisiana
Number
480,963
Louisiana
Percent
67%
St. James
Number
2,647
St. James
Percent
68%
Location Data Type 2013
Louisiana
Number
480,963
Louisiana
Percent
67%
St. James
Number
2,647
St. James
Percent
68%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The percentage of students eligible for the federally subsidized free or reduced lunch program is often used as a measure of how many children from low-income families are enrolled in public schools. The maximum family income for eligibility in the Free or Reduced Lunch programs is set at 185% of the Federal Poverty Line, which was equivalent to $46,435 for a family of four in the 2018-2019 school year. 
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Definitions: Number - Registered students who are eligible for free or reduced price school lunch. 
Percent - Registered students who are eligible for free or reduced price school lunch per 100 registered students.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Planning, Analysis, and Information Resources

Footnotes: Data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools and city district schools are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for the following schools and school systems are not included in parish-level data, but are reflected in the statewide totals: Special School District, Louisiana School For Math, Science & the Arts, Louisiana School for the Deaf, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Louisiana Special Education Center, Community School for Apprenticeship Learning, Inc., virtual schools, and La Office of Juvenile Justice. 

Data reflect October total enrollment counts, with the exception of data for SY 2005, which reflect February 2006 data.

Starting with the 2014 school year, Louisiana began to track a new measure, "economically disadvantaged students" instead of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Because it is derived from different data sources, "free and reduced price lunch" data should not be compared to data on "economically disadvantaged students."

Economically disadvantaged public school students (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
497,155
Louisiana
Percent
69.1%
St. James
Number
2,345
St. James
Percent
61.3%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
497,155
Louisiana
Percent
69.1%
St. James
Number
2,345
St. James
Percent
61.3%
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Definitions: Number - Registered students who are considered economically disadvantaged. 
Percent - Registered students who are considered economically disadvantaged per 100 registered students. 
"Economically disadvantaged" data are derived from and include students eligible for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and those that are receiving reduced price lunch, limited English proficient (LEP), homeless, migrant, foster care, or incarcerated children.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Planning, Analysis, and Information Resources

Footnotes: Data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools and city district schools are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for the following schools and school systems are not included in parish-level data, but are reflected in the statewide totals: Special School District, Louisiana School For Math, Science & the Arts, Louisiana School for the Deaf, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Louisiana Special Education Center, Community School for Apprenticeship Learning, Inc., virtual schools, and La Office of Juvenile Justice. 

Data reflect October total enrollment counts.

Prior to the 2014-2015 school year, Louisiana reported data for "students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch," a commonly used measure for the number of low-income children enrolled in public school. Beginning in 2014, high-poverty schools have been able to opt into the "Community Eligibility Program" (CEP), which allows them to provide free meals to all students. Due to participation in the CEP, many districts and schools no longer collect forms for reduced-price lunch students and do not have access to the number of eligible students. As a result, since 2014, Louisiana uses a new method to measure the number of low-income students in public schools, reporting this category as “Economically Disadvantaged.” Economically Disadvantaged data is derived from and includes students eligible for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and those that are receiving reduced price lunch, limited English proficient (LEP), homeless, migrant, foster care, or incarcerated children. 

Updated June 30, 2020

Student enrollment in public schools (Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
719,812
St. James
Number
3,825
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
719,812
St. James
Number
3,825
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Definitions: The total number of public school students of any age reported as actively enrolled. This count includes special education infants and preschoolers, pre-kindergarten-12, and non-graded students.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Planning, Analysis, and Information Resources

Footnotes: Data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools and city district schools are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for the following schools and school systems are not included in parish-level data, but are reflected in the statewide totals: Special School District, Louisiana School For Math, Science & the Arts, Louisiana School for the Deaf, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Louisiana School for the Deaf and Visually Impaired, Louisiana Special Education Center, and La Office of Juvenile Justice. 

Data reflect October 1 enrollment counts, except for SY 2005 data, which reflect February 2006 counts. Because data reflect a total enrollment count, data reported here may be slightly higher than the MFP (Minimum Foundation Program) counts.

Updated June 30, 2020

Class size characteristics (public schools) (Number & Percent)

Location Class Size Data Type 2018
Louisiana
1-20 Students
Number
358,410
Louisiana
1-20 Students
Percent
60%
Louisiana
21-26 Students
Number
165,210
Louisiana
21-26 Students
Percent
28%
Louisiana
27-33 Students
Number
63,060
Louisiana
27-33 Students
Percent
11%
Louisiana
More than 33 Students
Number
9,446
Louisiana
More than 33 Students
Percent
2%
St. James
1-20 Students
Number
1,691
St. James
1-20 Students
Percent
79%
St. James
21-26 Students
Number
406
St. James
21-26 Students
Percent
19%
St. James
27-33 Students
Number
37
St. James
27-33 Students
Percent
2%
St. James
More than 33 Students
Number
1
St. James
More than 33 Students
Percent
0%
Location Class Size Data Type 2018
Louisiana
1-20 Students
Number
358,410
Louisiana
1-20 Students
Percent
60%
Louisiana
21-26 Students
Number
165,210
Louisiana
21-26 Students
Percent
28%
Louisiana
27-33 Students
Number
63,060
Louisiana
27-33 Students
Percent
11%
Louisiana
More than 33 Students
Number
9,446
Louisiana
More than 33 Students
Percent
2%
St. James
1-20 Students
Number
1,691
St. James
1-20 Students
Percent
79%
St. James
21-26 Students
Number
406
St. James
21-26 Students
Percent
19%
St. James
27-33 Students
Number
37
St. James
27-33 Students
Percent
2%
St. James
More than 33 Students
Number
1
St. James
More than 33 Students
Percent
0%
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Definitions: Number - Total number of public school classes by class size.
Rate- Total number of public school classes by class size per 100 classes.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Planning, Analysis, and Information Resources

Footnotes: Data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools and city district schools are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for the following schools and school systems are not included in parish-level data, but are reflected in the statewide totals: Special School District, Louisiana School For Math, Science & the Arts, Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, Louisiana Connections Academy, Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Visually Impaired, Louisiana Special Education Center, and La Office of Juvenile Justice. 

Updated July 1, 2020

Public school students with limited English proficiency (Number & Percent)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
28,728
Louisiana
Percent
4.0%
St. James
Number
24
St. James
Percent
0.6%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
28,728
Louisiana
Percent
4.0%
St. James
Number
24
St. James
Percent
0.6%
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Definitions: Number - The number of public school students that have been identified as having limited proficiency in the English language.

Percent - The number of public school students that have been identified as having limited proficiency in the English language per 100 students enrolled in public school.
As defined by Title VII, Part E, Section 7501(8) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Public Law 103-382), a student is considered to lack proficiency in English if the student has sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language and whose difficulties may deny such individual the opportunity to learn successfully in classrooms where the language of instruction is English or to participate fully in our society.

 

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Planning, Analysis, and Information Resources

Footnotes: Data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools and city district schools are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for the following schools and school systems are not included in parish-level data, but are reflected in the statewide totals: Special School District, Louisiana School For Math, Science & the Arts, Louisiana School for the Deaf, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Louisiana Special Education Center, and La Office of Juvenile Justice. 

Data reflect October 1st total enrollment counts, except for data for the 2005 school year, which reflect February 2006 counts. 

LNE (low number event) - data is not reported when there are more than zero and fewer than 5 students in a category.

Updated June 30, 2020

Student enrollment in public schools by race (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type SY 2009
Louisiana
All Students
Number
696,444
Louisiana
All Students
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
American Indian Students
Number
5,770
Louisiana
American Indian Students
Percent
0.8%
Louisiana
Asian Students
Number
10,331
Louisiana
Asian Students
Percent
1.5%
Louisiana
Black Students
Number
320,020
Louisiana
Black Students
Percent
46.0%
Louisiana
Hispanic Students
Number
22,238
Louisiana
Hispanic Students
Percent
3.2%
Louisiana
White Students
Number
338,085
Louisiana
White Students
Percent
48.5%
St. James
All Students
Number
4,014
St. James
All Students
Percent
100.0%
St. James
American Indian Students
Number
1
St. James
American Indian Students
Percent
0.0%
St. James
Asian Students
Number
6
St. James
Asian Students
Percent
0.1%
St. James
Black Students
Number
2,651
St. James
Black Students
Percent
66.0%
St. James
Hispanic Students
Number
41
St. James
Hispanic Students
Percent
1.0%
St. James
White Students
Number
1,315
St. James
White Students
Percent
32.8%
Location Race Data Type SY 2009
Louisiana
All Students
Number
696,444
Louisiana
All Students
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
American Indian Students
Number
5,770
Louisiana
American Indian Students
Percent
0.8%
Louisiana
Asian Students
Number
10,331
Louisiana
Asian Students
Percent
1.5%
Louisiana
Black Students
Number
320,020
Louisiana
Black Students
Percent
46.0%
Louisiana
Hispanic Students
Number
22,238
Louisiana
Hispanic Students
Percent
3.2%
Louisiana
White Students
Number
338,085
Louisiana
White Students
Percent
48.5%
St. James
All Students
Number
4,014
St. James
All Students
Percent
100.0%
St. James
American Indian Students
Number
1
St. James
American Indian Students
Percent
0.0%
St. James
Asian Students
Number
6
St. James
Asian Students
Percent
0.1%
St. James
Black Students
Number
2,651
St. James
Black Students
Percent
66.0%
St. James
Hispanic Students
Number
41
St. James
Hispanic Students
Percent
1.0%
St. James
White Students
Number
1,315
St. James
White Students
Percent
32.8%
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Definitions: Number - The number of public school students of any age reported as actively enrolled by race and Hispanic origin. This count includes special education infants and preschoolers, pre-kindergarten-12, and non-graded students. 
Percent - the number of public school students of a given race per 100 public school students.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Planning, Analysis, and Information Resources

Footnotes: NA - data was not available for a school district/local education agency (LEA) for that school year. This occurs because  the LEA was not in existence in the reporting period or because the entity was not reporting enrollment data to the Louisiana Department of Education at that time.

Data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools and city district schools are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for the following schools and school systems are not included in parish-level data, but is reflected in the statewide totals: Special School Districts #1 and #2, Louisiana School For Math, Science & the Arts, Louisiana School for the Deaf, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Louisiana Special Education Center, and La Office of Juvenile Justice. 

For some years' data, the statewide total is slightly higher than the sum of the district-level data because data for districts that are no longer operational are not reported individually, but are reported in the statewide total. 

Data reflect October enrollment counts, except for SY 2005 data, which reflect February 2006 counts.

Note that beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, data was reported for two additional categories (Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and "more than one race").  Therefore, data collected prior to the 2010 school year are not directly comparable to later data.

Student enrollment in public schools by race (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
American Indian
Number
4,485
Louisiana
American Indian
Percent
0.6%
Louisiana
Asian
Number
11,523
Louisiana
Asian
Percent
1.6%
Louisiana
Black
Number
306,599
Louisiana
Black
Percent
42.6%
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
60,157
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
8.4%
Louisiana
More than one race (Non-Hispanic)
Number
20,610
Louisiana
More than one race (Non-Hispanic)
Percent
2.9%
Louisiana
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Number
628
Louisiana
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Percent
0.1%
Louisiana
White
Number
315,810
Louisiana
White
Percent
43.9%
Louisiana
Total
Number
719,812
Louisiana
Total
Percent
100.0%
St. James
American Indian
Number
7
St. James
American Indian
Percent
0.2%
St. James
Asian
Number
5
St. James
Asian
Percent
0.1%
St. James
Black
Number
2,332
St. James
Black
Percent
61.0%
St. James
Hispanic
Number
74
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
1.9%
St. James
More than one race (Non-Hispanic)
Number
26
St. James
More than one race (Non-Hispanic)
Percent
0.7%
St. James
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Number
0
St. James
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Percent
0.0%
St. James
White
Number
1,381
St. James
White
Percent
36.1%
St. James
Total
Number
3,825
St. James
Total
Percent
100.0%
Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
American Indian
Number
4,485
Louisiana
American Indian
Percent
0.6%
Louisiana
Asian
Number
11,523
Louisiana
Asian
Percent
1.6%
Louisiana
Black
Number
306,599
Louisiana
Black
Percent
42.6%
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
60,157
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
8.4%
Louisiana
More than one race (Non-Hispanic)
Number
20,610
Louisiana
More than one race (Non-Hispanic)
Percent
2.9%
Louisiana
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Number
628
Louisiana
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Percent
0.1%
Louisiana
White
Number
315,810
Louisiana
White
Percent
43.9%
Louisiana
Total
Number
719,812
Louisiana
Total
Percent
100.0%
St. James
American Indian
Number
7
St. James
American Indian
Percent
0.2%
St. James
Asian
Number
5
St. James
Asian
Percent
0.1%
St. James
Black
Number
2,332
St. James
Black
Percent
61.0%
St. James
Hispanic
Number
74
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
1.9%
St. James
More than one race (Non-Hispanic)
Number
26
St. James
More than one race (Non-Hispanic)
Percent
0.7%
St. James
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Number
0
St. James
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Percent
0.0%
St. James
White
Number
1,381
St. James
White
Percent
36.1%
St. James
Total
Number
3,825
St. James
Total
Percent
100.0%
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Definitions: Number - the number of public school students of any age reported as actively enrolled by race and Hispanic origin. This count includes special education infants and preschoolers, pre-kindergarten-12, and non-graded students. 

Percent - the number of public school students of a given race per 100 public school students.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Planning, Analysis, and Information Resources

Footnotes:

Data for Recovery School District schools, charter schools and city district schools are reflected in the parish-level data of the parish in which the school is located. Data for the following schools and school systems are not included in parish-level data, but is reflected in the statewide totals: Special School District, Louisiana School For Math, Science & the Arts, Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, Louisiana Connections Academy, Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Visually Impaired, Louisiana Special Education Center, and La Office of Juvenile Justice. 

Note that beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, data was reported for two additional categories (Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and "more than one race").  Therefore, data collected prior to the 2010 school year are not directly comparable to later data.

Updated June 30, 2020

Children living in a grandparent-headed household (number & percent)

Location Data Type 2014 - 2018
Louisiana
number
115,340
Louisiana
percent
10.4%
St. James
number
S
St. James
percent
S
Location Data Type 2014 - 2018
Louisiana
number
115,340
Louisiana
percent
10.4%
St. James
number
S
St. James
percent
S
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Definitions: number - estimated number of children who live in a household headed by their grandparent
percent - estimated number of children who live in a household headed by their grandparent per 100 children

Data Source: Agenda for Children, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2018 American Community Survey.

These data were derived from ACS table B09018.

Footnotes: That these data include all children living in a grandparent-headed household, regardless of whether the grandparent is responsible for caring for the child. In the 2014-2018 time period, about 57% of children living in a grandparent-headed household in Louisiana were living with a grandparent who was responsible for caring for them. This data also does not include children who live with their grandparents in households headed by a parent or another individual. 

S - estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.

Updated December 7, 2020

Live births (Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
58,815
St. James
Number
242
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
58,815
St. James
Number
242
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Definitions: Total number of live births.

Data Source: Live births 1996-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Updated November 1, 2021

Births to women who received adequate prenatal care (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type 2010
Louisiana
Percent
87%
Louisiana
Number
50,242
St. James
Percent
89%
St. James
Number
242
Location Data Type 2010
Louisiana
Percent
87%
Louisiana
Number
50,242
St. James
Percent
89%
St. James
Number
242
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Definitions: Number - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care.
Rate - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care per 100 live births.
The Kotelchuck Index is used to measure early and adequate prenatal care (PNC):

  • Adequate plus PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 110 % or more expected PNC visits were received
  • Adequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 80% to 109% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Intermediate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 50% to 79% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Inadequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 5 or later or less than 50% of expected PNC visits were received

Early and adequate PNC includes "adequate plus PNC" and "adequate PNC."


Data Source: Live births 2001-2010: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Louisiana began using the 2003 birth certificate format in December, 2010. Because questions related to prenatal care are not directly comparable for the 2003 birth certificate and the previous version used, 2010 data only reflects births that occurred through Dec 6, 2010.

Births to women who received early & adequate prenatal care (number & percent)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
number
44,132
Louisiana
percent
75.0%
St. James
number
192
St. James
percent
79.3%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
number
44,132
Louisiana
percent
75.0%
St. James
number
192
St. James
percent
79.3%
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Definitions: Number - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care.
Percent - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care per 100 live births.
The Kotelchuck Index is used to measure early and adequate prenatal care (PNC):

  • Adequate plus PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 110 % or more expected PNC visits were received
  • Adequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 80% to 109% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Intermediate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 50% to 79% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Inadequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 5 or later or less than 50% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Early and adequate PNC includes "adequate plus PNC" and "adequate PNC."

Data Source: Live births 2011-2019: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period.

Data presented here are not comparable to data for births that occurred prior to 2011. Louisiana began using the 2003 revised birth certificate in December, 2010. Items related to prenatal care on the 2003 revision of the birth certificate are not comparable to the prenatal care items on the previous version of the birth certificate.

Data from 2018 and 2019 are preliminary, and therefore subject to change.

Updated November 17, 2020

Low birthweight babies (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
6,371
Louisiana
Percent
10.8%
St. James
Number
32
St. James
Percent
13.2%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
6,371
Louisiana
Percent
10.8%
St. James
Number
32
St. James
Percent
13.2%
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Definitions: Number- number of live births with birthweight less than 2,500 grams (or 5 pounds, 8 ounces)
Rate - number of live births with birthweight less than 2,500 grams (or 5 pounds, 8 ounces) per 100 live births.

Data Source: Live births 2001-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Rates based on fewer than 20 events were not reported prior to 2015.

2019 and 2020 data are preliminary and subject to revision. 

 Updated November 2, 2021

Preterm births (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Percent
13.1%
Louisiana
Number
7,715
St. James
Percent
12.0%
St. James
Number
29
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Percent
13.1%
Louisiana
Number
7,715
St. James
Percent
12.0%
St. James
Number
29
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Definitions: Number - number of live births with gestation age less than 37 weeks. 
Rate - number of live births with gestation age less than 37 weeks per 100 births.

Data Source: Live births 2001-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (low Number Event) - numbers are not reported when there were fewer than five events during the reporting period. Prior to 2011, rates based on fewer than 20 events are not reported.

2019 and 2020 data are preliminary and therefore subject to revision.

Updated November 2, 2021

Births to mothers less than 20 years of age (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
4,023
Louisiana
Percent
6.8%
St. James
Number
9
St. James
Percent
3.7%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
4,023
Louisiana
Percent
6.8%
St. James
Number
9
St. James
Percent
3.7%
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Definitions: Number - live births to women under age 20.
Percent - live births to women under age 20 per 100 live births.

Data Source: Live births 2000-2019 Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (low Number Event) - data is not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Prior to 2011, rates based on fewer than 20 events are not reported.

2018 and 2019 data are preliminary and therefore subject to revision.

Updated November 17, 2020

Teen birth rate: ages 15-19 (Number & Rate per 1,000 females ages 15-19)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
3,966
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000 females ages 15-19
27.5
St. James
Number
9
St. James
Rate per 1,000 females ages 15-19
14.5
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
3,966
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000 females ages 15-19
27.5
St. James
Number
9
St. James
Rate per 1,000 females ages 15-19
14.5
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Definitions: Number - number of live births to women ages 15-19.
Rate - number of live births to women ages 15-19, per 1,000 females ages 15-19 years.

Data Source:

Live births 1993-2019: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics
Population: 1993-1999: intercensal population estimates provided by the Research Division, College of Administration and Business of the Louisiana Tech University; 2000: United States Census Bureau 2000 census data, 2001-2004: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. County Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2004. Release Date: August 11, 2005; 2005 and 2006: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. County Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007. Release Date: May 01, 2008; 2008 and 2009:  Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. County Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009. Release Date: June 2010, 2010: United States Census Bureau 2010 census data, 2011-2014: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. County Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin, Vintage 2015 estimates, 2015: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. County Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin, Vintage 2016 estimates, 2016-2018: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. County Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin, Vintage 2019 estimates, 2019: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. County Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin, Vintage 2020 estimate



Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - for data prior to 2010, a rate based on fewer than 20 events; for data from 2010 and later, a number or rate based on fewer than five events

Updated November 17, 2020

Births to unmarried women (Number & Percent)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
31,735
Louisiana
Percent
54.0%
St. James
Number
144
St. James
Percent
59.5%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
31,735
Louisiana
Percent
54.0%
St. James
Number
144
St. James
Percent
59.5%
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Definitions: Number - births occurring to women who were not married at the time of the birth.
Rate - births occurring to women who were not married at the time of the birth per 100 births.

Data Source: Live births 2000-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Updated November 2, 2021

Births to women who reported smoking during pregnancy (Number & Percent)

Location Data Type 2009
Louisiana
Number
6,512
Louisiana
Percent
10.1%
St. James
Number
11
St. James
Percent
LNE
Location Data Type 2009
Louisiana
Number
6,512
Louisiana
Percent
10.1%
St. James
Number
11
St. James
Percent
LNE
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Definitions: Number - births in which women reported smoking during their pregnancy on their child's birth certificate.
Rate - births in which women reported smoking during their pregnancy on their child's birth certificate per 100 live births.

Data Source: Live births 2001-2009: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - a value of fewer than five events or a rate based on fewer than 20 events and is thus not reported.

Please note that the actual number of mothers who smoke during pregnancy is likely to be higher than the data reported here because some mothers who smoke may not report doing so on their child's birth certificate.  For example, data from Pregnancy Risk Assessment System (PRAMS), an ongoing survey of Louisiana mothers before, during, and just after pregnancy, showed that 15% of Louisiana mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2008.  That same year, 10.1% of births were to women who reported smoking on their child's birth certificate.

Births to women who reported smoking during pregnancy (number & percent)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
number
2,971
Louisiana
percent
5.1%
St. James
number
5
St. James
percent
2.1%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
number
2,971
Louisiana
percent
5.1%
St. James
number
5
St. James
percent
2.1%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Smoking during pregnancy increases a baby's risk of being born premature and having a low birthweight. It also increases a baby's risk of dying from SIDS. 
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Definitions: Number - births in which women reported smoking during their pregnancy on their child's birth certificate.
Rate - births in which women reported smoking during their pregnancy on their child's birth certificate per 100 live births.

Data Source: Live births 2011-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - a value of fewer than five events or (for 2011) a rate based on fewer than 20 events (or based on fewer than 5 events after 2011) and is thus not reported. 

Please note that the actual number of mothers who smoke during pregnancy may be higher than the data reported here because some mothers who smoke may not report doing so.  

Updated November 2, 2021

Publicly insured children (Medicaid and LaCHIP) (Number)

Location Program Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Total
Number
712,924
Louisiana
LaCHIP
Number
113,387
Louisiana
Medicaid
Number
599,537
St. James
Total
Number
3,103
St. James
LaCHIP
Number
557
St. James
Medicaid
Number
2,546
Location Program Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Total
Number
712,924
Louisiana
LaCHIP
Number
113,387
Louisiana
Medicaid
Number
599,537
St. James
Total
Number
3,103
St. James
LaCHIP
Number
557
St. James
Medicaid
Number
2,546
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Definitions: Number of children (ages 0-18) who are enrolled in either Medicaid or the Louisiana Child Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP).

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Medicaid Office, by special request

Footnotes: Enrollment figures are from November of the stated year, and thus do not represent an average enrollment for that year. For more information about LaCHIP (including eligibility information), visit www.lachip.org. Note that LaCHIP data includes children in the LaCHIP Affordable Plan.

Children (under age 19) with health insurance (Number & Percent)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
1,070,928
Louisiana
Percent
96%
St. James
Number
4,781
St. James
Percent
97%
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
1,070,928
Louisiana
Percent
96%
St. James
Number
4,781
St. James
Percent
97%
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Definitions: Number and percent of children ages 0-18 that have health coverage through either private (e.g., private purchase or employer-sponsored) or public (e.g., Medicaid or LaCHIP) insurance according to the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates.

Data Source:  Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, U.S. Census Bureau

Footnotes: Updated December 3, 2021

Infant mortality (5 year average) (Rate & Number)

Location Data Type 2016 - 2020
Louisiana
Rate
7.8
Louisiana
Number
470
St. James
Rate
6.4
St. James
Number
2
Location Data Type 2016 - 2020
Louisiana
Rate
7.8
Louisiana
Number
470
St. James
Rate
6.4
St. James
Number
2
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Definitions: Number - the average annual number of deaths among children under one year of age during the reporting period.
Rate - number of deaths among children under one year of age per 1,000 live births during the reporting period.

Data Source: Live births and deaths 2001-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Note that numbers represent an average of data over a five-year period, which allows for data to be reported for more parishes. 

LNE (Low Number Event) - a value or rate based on fewer than 5 events

Updated November 8, 2021

Children served by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (Percent & Number)

Location Data Type FY 2021
Louisiana
Number
404,732
Louisiana
Percent
37.2%
St. James
Number
1,879
St. James
Percent
38.9%
Location Data Type FY 2021
Louisiana
Number
404,732
Louisiana
Percent
37.2%
St. James
Number
1,879
St. James
Percent
38.9%
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Definitions: Number - the average number of children served by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in a given state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Percent - the average number of children served by SNAP in a given state fiscal year (July 1-June 30) per 100 children ages 0-17 in the population.

Data Source: SNAP participation data - Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Family Support, Quality Assurance Division.
Population Data - 2004-2009 and 2011-2019 Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C., 2010:  U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2010, Summary File 1

Footnotes: SNAP provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy food. Because SNAP data are based on state fiscal year averages, population estimates for two years were averaged to calculate a SNAP participation rate per 100 children.

Updated November 11, 2021

Women, infants and children served by WIC (Number)

Location WIC category Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Mothers
Number
59,057
Louisiana
Infants
Number
32,516
Louisiana
Children ages 1 - 5
Number
92,093
Louisiana
Total
Number
183,666
St. James
Mothers
Number
254
St. James
Infants
Number
127
St. James
Children ages 1 - 5
Number
417
St. James
Total
Number
798
Location WIC category Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Mothers
Number
59,057
Louisiana
Infants
Number
32,516
Louisiana
Children ages 1 - 5
Number
92,093
Louisiana
Total
Number
183,666
St. James
Mothers
Number
254
St. James
Infants
Number
127
St. James
Children ages 1 - 5
Number
417
St. James
Total
Number
798
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Definitions: Number of women and children receiving nutrition education and dietary supplements through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, by special request

Footnotes: For more information about WIC in Louisiana, including information on how to apply, visit the Louisiana Department of Health's web site.

Children under age 7 with elevated levels of lead in their blood (number & percent)

Location Data Type 2017
Louisiana
number
2,208
Louisiana
percent
3.4%
St. James
number
5
St. James
percent
3.0%
Location Data Type 2017
Louisiana
number
2,208
Louisiana
percent
3.4%
St. James
number
5
St. James
percent
3.0%
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Why This Indicator Matters

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, exposure to lead is "the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in Louisiana." There is no safe level of lead for children, and elevated levels can have lifelong impacts on children.
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Definitions: number - the number of children of children ages 6 months to six years old who received a blood test for lead and had an elevated lead level (≥5 µg/dL)

percent - the number of children of children age 6 months to six years old who received a blood test for lead and had an elevated lead level (≥5 µg/dL) per 100 children under age 7 who received a blood test for lead 

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP), by special request

Footnotes: Parish-level data does not include results for which the parish was unknown. Statewide data is therefore larger than the sum of parish-level data.

Updated December 4, 2020

Children under age 7 screened for lead poisoning (number & percent)

Location Data Type 2017
Louisiana
number
64,020
Louisiana
percent
14.8%
St. James
number
165
St. James
percent
8.8%
Location Data Type 2017
Louisiana
number
64,020
Louisiana
percent
14.8%
St. James
number
165
St. James
percent
8.8%
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Why This Indicator Matters

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, exposure to lead is "the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in Louisiana." There is no safe level of lead for children, and elevated levels can have lifelong impacts on children. Screening is essential to identify and address lead poisoning in young children.
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Definitions: number - the number of children who received a blood test for lead poisoning

percent - the number of children who received a blood test for lead poisoning per 100 children under the age of seven in the population

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP), by special request
Percentages for 2011 were calculated by Agenda for Children using population estimates available through  "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2019." Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/

Footnotes: Data on the parish in which a child lives was missing for many records, and was thus unreportable. As a result, the statewide data is larger than the sum of the parish-level data.

Children ages 19 months-35 months completing the child 7-vaccine series (Percent)

Location Data Type 2018
Louisiana
Percent
72%
St. James
Percent
74%
Location Data Type 2018
Louisiana
Percent
72%
St. James
Percent
74%
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Definitions: percentage of children ages 19 months-35 months who have completed the child 7-vaccine series

The 7-vaccine series includes 4 or more doses of DTaP, 3 or more doses of Polio, 1 or more doses of MMR, Hib full series (3 or 4 doses, depending on product type received), 3 or more doses of HepB, 1 or more doses of Varicella, and 4 or more doses of PCV

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Health

Footnotes: Updated December 4, 2020

Births to women who received early & adequate prenatal care by race (Percent & Number)

Location Race Data Type 2010
Louisiana
Total
Percent
87%
Louisiana
Total
Number
50,242
Louisiana
Black or African American
Percent
82%
Louisiana
Black or African American
Number
18,363
Louisiana
White
Percent
91%
Louisiana
White
Number
29,637
St. James
Total
Percent
89%
St. James
Total
Number
242
St. James
Black or African American
Percent
85%
St. James
Black or African American
Number
129
St. James
White
Percent
93%
St. James
White
Number
112
Location Race Data Type 2010
Louisiana
Total
Percent
87%
Louisiana
Total
Number
50,242
Louisiana
Black or African American
Percent
82%
Louisiana
Black or African American
Number
18,363
Louisiana
White
Percent
91%
Louisiana
White
Number
29,637
St. James
Total
Percent
89%
St. James
Total
Number
242
St. James
Black or African American
Percent
85%
St. James
Black or African American
Number
129
St. James
White
Percent
93%
St. James
White
Number
112
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Definitions: Number - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care.
Percent - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care per 100 live births.

The Kotelchuck Index is used to measure early and adequate prenatal care (PNC):

    • Adequate plus PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 110 % or more expected PNC visits were received
    • Adequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 80% to 109% of expected PNC visits were received
    • Intermediate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 50% to 79% of expected PNC visits were received
    • Inadequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 5 or later or less than 50% of expected PNC visits were received

 Early and adequate PNC includes "adequate plus PNC" and "adequate PNC."


Data Source: Live births 2001-2010: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Rates based on fewer than 20 events are not reported.

Note that "Total" data includes all racial and ethnic categories (not just black and white) and thus may be larger than the sum of the two racial categories presented here. Data for other racial and ethnic groups were not reported due to the small number of events in most parishes.

Louisiana began using the 2003 birth certificate format in December, 2010. Because questions related to prenatal care are not directly comparable for the 2003 birth certificate and the previous version used, 2010 data only reflects births that occurred through Dec 6, 2010.

Births to women who received early & adequate prenatal care by race (percent & number)

Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
number
15,371
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
percent
69.8%
Louisiana
Hispanic
number
3,136
Louisiana
Hispanic
percent
62.4%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
number
23,729
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
percent
80.9%
Louisiana
Total
number
44,132
Louisiana
Total
percent
75.0%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
number
94
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
percent
71.2%
St. James
Hispanic
number
0
St. James
Hispanic
percent
n.a.
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
number
95
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
percent
89.6%
St. James
Total
number
192
St. James
Total
percent
79.3%
Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
number
15,371
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
percent
69.8%
Louisiana
Hispanic
number
3,136
Louisiana
Hispanic
percent
62.4%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
number
23,729
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
percent
80.9%
Louisiana
Total
number
44,132
Louisiana
Total
percent
75.0%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
number
94
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
percent
71.2%
St. James
Hispanic
number
0
St. James
Hispanic
percent
n.a.
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
number
95
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
percent
89.6%
St. James
Total
number
192
St. James
Total
percent
79.3%
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Definitions: Number - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care.
Rate - number of live births to women who received early and adequate prenatal care per 100 live births.
The Kotelchuck Index is used to measure early and adequate prenatal care (PNC): 

  • Adequate plus PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 110 % or more expected PNC visits were received
  • Adequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 80% to 109% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Intermediate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 1, 2, 3, or 4 and 50% to 79% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Inadequate PNC - PNC initiation begun in month 5 or later or less than 50% of expected PNC visits were received
  • Early and adequate PNC includes "adequate plus PNC" and "adequate PNC."

Data Source: Live births 2011-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Data presented here are not comparable to data for births that occurred prior to 2011. Louisiana began using the 2003 revised birth certificate in December, 2010. Items related to prenatal care on the 2003 revision of the birth certificate are not comparable to the prenatal care items on the previous version of the birth certificate.

2019 and 2020 data are preliminary, and thus subject to revision.

LNE (low number event) - data are not reported when there are fewer than 5 events

Updated November 2, 2021

Live births by race (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2009
Louisiana
Total
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
Total
Number
64,843
Louisiana
Black or African American
Percent
38.8%
Louisiana
Black or African American
Number
25,183
Louisiana
White
Percent
56.9%
Louisiana
White
Number
36,881
St. James
Total
Percent
100.0%
St. James
Total
Number
329
St. James
Black or African American
Percent
53.2%
St. James
Black or African American
Number
175
St. James
White
Percent
45.9%
St. James
White
Number
151
Location Race Data Type 2009
Louisiana
Total
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
Total
Number
64,843
Louisiana
Black or African American
Percent
38.8%
Louisiana
Black or African American
Number
25,183
Louisiana
White
Percent
56.9%
Louisiana
White
Number
36,881
St. James
Total
Percent
100.0%
St. James
Total
Number
329
St. James
Black or African American
Percent
53.2%
St. James
Black or African American
Number
175
St. James
White
Percent
45.9%
St. James
White
Number
151
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Definitions: Total number of live births, disaggregated by race.

Data Source: Live births 1996-2009: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period.

Note that "Total" data includes all racial and ethnic categories (not just black and white) and thus may be larger than the sum of the two racial categories presented here. Data for other racial and ethnic groups were not reported here due to the small number of events in most parishes.

Live births by race & Hispanic origin (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
5,024
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
8.5%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
22,017
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
37.4%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
29,319
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
49.8%
Louisiana
Total
Number
58,815
Louisiana
Total
Percent
100.0%
St. James
Hispanic
Number
0
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
0.0%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
132
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
54.5%
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
106
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
43.8%
St. James
Total
Number
242
St. James
Total
Percent
100.0%
Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
5,024
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
8.5%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
22,017
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
37.4%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
29,319
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
49.8%
Louisiana
Total
Number
58,815
Louisiana
Total
Percent
100.0%
St. James
Hispanic
Number
0
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
0.0%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
132
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
54.5%
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
106
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
43.8%
St. James
Total
Number
242
St. James
Total
Percent
100.0%
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Definitions: Total number of live births, disaggregated by race and Hispanic Origin.

Data Source: Live births 2010-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period.

The total number of births may be higher than the sum of each group reported here, as data is not reported at the parish level for all race and ethnic categories.

Updated November 1, 2021

Low birthweight babies by race (3 year average) 2001-2009 (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2007 - 2009
Louisiana
Total
Number
7,140
Louisiana
Total
Percent
10.9%
Louisiana
White
Number
3,019
Louisiana
White
Percent
8.1%
Louisiana
Black or African American
Number
3,885
Louisiana
Black or African American
Percent
15.2%
St. James
Total
Number
37
St. James
Total
Percent
11.6%
St. James
White
Number
9
St. James
White
Percent
6.4%
St. James
Black or African American
Number
28
St. James
Black or African American
Percent
15.8%
Location Race Data Type 2007 - 2009
Louisiana
Total
Number
7,140
Louisiana
Total
Percent
10.9%
Louisiana
White
Number
3,019
Louisiana
White
Percent
8.1%
Louisiana
Black or African American
Number
3,885
Louisiana
Black or African American
Percent
15.2%
St. James
Total
Number
37
St. James
Total
Percent
11.6%
St. James
White
Number
9
St. James
White
Percent
6.4%
St. James
Black or African American
Number
28
St. James
Black or African American
Percent
15.8%
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Definitions: Number - average annual number of live births with birth weight less than 2,500 grams (or 5 pounds, 8 ounces) during the reporting period.
Percent - number of live births with birth weight less than 2,500 grams (or 5 pounds, 8 ounces) per 100 live births during the reporting period.

Data Source: Live births 2001-2009: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Three years of data were aggregated, then averaged. For example, data for 2007-2009 reflects an average of data for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

LNE (Low Number Event) - Numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Rates based on fewer than 20 events are not reported.

Note that "Total" data includes all racial and ethnic categories (not just black and white) and thus may be larger than the sum of the two racial categories presented here. Data for other racial and ethnic groups were not reported due to the small number of events in most parishes.

Low birthweight babies by race & Hispanic origin (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
16.1%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
3,535
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
7.6%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
2,231
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
7.1%
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
359
Louisiana
Total
Percent
10.8%
Louisiana
Total
Number
6,371
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
15.9%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
21
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
10.4%
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
11
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
LNE
St. James
Hispanic
Number
LNE
St. James
Total
Percent
13.2%
St. James
Total
Number
32
Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
16.1%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
3,535
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
7.6%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
2,231
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
7.1%
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
359
Louisiana
Total
Percent
10.8%
Louisiana
Total
Number
6,371
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
15.9%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
21
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
10.4%
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
11
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
LNE
St. James
Hispanic
Number
LNE
St. James
Total
Percent
13.2%
St. James
Total
Number
32
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Definitions: Number -  number of live births with birth weight less than 2,500 grams (or 5 pounds, 8 ounces) during the reporting period.
Percent - number of live births with birth weight less than 2,500 grams (or 5 pounds, 8 ounces) per 100 live births during the reporting period.

Data Source: Live births 2010-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - Numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Prior to 2015, rates based on fewer than 20 events are not reported.

Note that "Total" data includes all racial and ethnic categories and thus may be larger than the sum of the two racial categories presented here. Data for other racial and ethnic groups were not reported due to the small number of events in most parishes.

2019 and 2020 data are preliminary, and therefore subject to revision.

Updated November 2, 2021

Preterm births by race (3 year averages for 2001-2009) (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2009 - 2011
Louisiana
Total
Number
7,763
Louisiana
Total
Percent
12.4%
Louisiana
Black or African American
Number
3,759
Louisiana
Black or African American
Percent
15.5%
Louisiana
White
Number
3,677
Louisiana
White
Percent
10.5%
St. James
Total
Number
34
St. James
Total
Percent
11.4%
St. James
Black or African American
Number
20
St. James
Black or African American
Percent
12.2%
St. James
White
Number
14
St. James
White
Percent
10.4%
Location Race Data Type 2009 - 2011
Louisiana
Total
Number
7,763
Louisiana
Total
Percent
12.4%
Louisiana
Black or African American
Number
3,759
Louisiana
Black or African American
Percent
15.5%
Louisiana
White
Number
3,677
Louisiana
White
Percent
10.5%
St. James
Total
Number
34
St. James
Total
Percent
11.4%
St. James
Black or African American
Number
20
St. James
Black or African American
Percent
12.2%
St. James
White
Number
14
St. James
White
Percent
10.4%
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Definitions: Number - average annual number of live births with gestation age less than 37 weeks during the reporting period.
Percentnumber of live births with gestation age less than 37 weeks per 100 live births.

Data Source: Live births 2001-2009: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Three years of data were aggregated, then averaged. For example, data for 2001-2003 reflects an average of data for 2001, 2002, and 2003.

LNE (Low Number Events) - Numbers are not reported when there were more than zero and fewer than five events during the reporting period. Rates based on fewer than 20 events are not reported.

Note that "Total" data includes all racial and ethnic categories (not just black and white) and thus may be larger than the sum of the two racial categories presented here. Data for other racial and ethnic groups were not reported due to the small number of events in most parishes.

Preterm births by race & Hispanic origin (2010 - 2020) (Number & Percent)

Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
10.4%
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
523
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
16.8%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
3,693
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
11.0%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
3,212
Louisiana
Total
Percent
13.1%
Louisiana
Total
Number
7,715
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
LNE
St. James
Hispanic
Number
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
13.6%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
18
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
10.4%
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
11
St. James
Total
Percent
12.0%
St. James
Total
Number
29
Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Hispanic
Percent
10.4%
Louisiana
Hispanic
Number
523
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
16.8%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
3,693
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
11.0%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
3,212
Louisiana
Total
Percent
13.1%
Louisiana
Total
Number
7,715
St. James
Hispanic
Percent
LNE
St. James
Hispanic
Number
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Percent
13.6%
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
18
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Percent
10.4%
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
11
St. James
Total
Percent
12.0%
St. James
Total
Number
29
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Definitions: Number - number of live births with gestation age less than 37 weeks during the reporting period.
Percent - number of live births with gestation age less than 37 weeks per 100 live births.

Data Source: Live births 2010-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Events) - Data is not reported when there were fewer than five events during the reporting period. 

Note that "Total" data includes all racial and ethnic categories and thus may be larger than the sum of the categories presented here. Data for other racial and ethnic groups were not reported due to the small number of events in most parishes.

Updated November 2, 2021

Infant mortality by Race & Hispanic Origin (5 year average) (Number & Rate per 1,000)

Location Race Data Type 2016 - 2020
Louisiana
Hispanic or Latino
Number
27
Louisiana
Hispanic or Latino
Rate per 1,000
5.5
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
271
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Rate per 1,000
12.2
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
160
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Rate per 1,000
5.3
Louisiana
Total
Number
470
Louisiana
Total
Rate per 1,000
7.8
St. James
Hispanic or Latino
Number
LNE
St. James
Hispanic or Latino
Rate per 1,000
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
1
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Rate per 1,000
7.9
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Rate per 1,000
LNE
St. James
Total
Number
2
St. James
Total
Rate per 1,000
6.4
Location Race Data Type 2016 - 2020
Louisiana
Hispanic or Latino
Number
27
Louisiana
Hispanic or Latino
Rate per 1,000
5.5
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
271
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
Rate per 1,000
12.2
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Number
160
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
Rate per 1,000
5.3
Louisiana
Total
Number
470
Louisiana
Total
Rate per 1,000
7.8
St. James
Hispanic or Latino
Number
LNE
St. James
Hispanic or Latino
Rate per 1,000
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Number
1
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
Rate per 1,000
7.9
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Number
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
Rate per 1,000
LNE
St. James
Total
Number
2
St. James
Total
Rate per 1,000
6.4
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Definitions: Number - the average annual number of deaths among children under one year of age during the reporting period.
Rate - number of deaths among children under one year of age per 1,000 live births during the reporting period.

Data Source: Live births and deaths 2006-2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: Note that numbers represent an average of data over a five-year period, which allows for data to be reported for more parishes. 

LNE (Low Number Event) - a value or rate based on fewer than 5 events

Updated November 8, 2021

Births to women who reported smoking during pregnancy by race (percent & number)

Location Race Data Type 2020
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
percent
3.4%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
number
730
Louisiana
Total
percent
4.9%
Louisiana
Total
number
2,796
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
percent
6.8%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
number
1,925
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
percent
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
number
LNE
St. James
Total
percent
LNE
St. James
Total
number
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
percent
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
number
LNE
Location Race Data Type 2020
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
percent
3.4%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic Black
number
730
Louisiana
Total
percent
4.9%
Louisiana
Total
number
2,796
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
percent
6.8%
Louisiana
Non-Hispanic White
number
1,925
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
percent
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic Black
number
LNE
St. James
Total
percent
LNE
St. James
Total
number
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
percent
LNE
St. James
Non-Hispanic White
number
LNE
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Why This Indicator Matters

Smoking during pregnancy increases a baby's risk of being born premature and having a low birthweight. It also increases a baby's risk of dying from SIDS. 
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Definitions: Number - births in which women reported smoking during their pregnancy on their child's birth certificate.
Rate - births in which women reported smoking during their pregnancy on their child's birth certificate per 100 live births.

Data Source:  Live births 2020: Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics

Footnotes: LNE (Low Number Event) - a value of fewer than five events or a rate based on fewer than five events

Please note that the actual number of mothers who smoke during pregnancy may be higher than the data reported here because some mothers who smoke may not report doing so.  

Updated November 2, 2021

Child protection investigations by finding (Number & Percent)

Location Finding Data Type FY 2007
Louisiana
Valid
Percent
32.0%
Louisiana
Valid
Number
7,659
Louisiana
Other
Percent
7.1%
Louisiana
Other
Number
1,704
Louisiana
Invalid
Percent
60.8%
Louisiana
Invalid
Number
14,545
Louisiana
Total investigations
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
Total investigations
Number
23,911
St. James
Valid
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Valid
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Other
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Other
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Invalid
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Invalid
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Total investigations
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Total investigations
Number
see St. John the Baptist
Location Finding Data Type FY 2007
Louisiana
Valid
Percent
32.0%
Louisiana
Valid
Number
7,659
Louisiana
Other
Percent
7.1%
Louisiana
Other
Number
1,704
Louisiana
Invalid
Percent
60.8%
Louisiana
Invalid
Number
14,545
Louisiana
Total investigations
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
Total investigations
Number
23,911
St. James
Valid
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Valid
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Other
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Other
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Invalid
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Invalid
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Total investigations
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Total investigations
Number
see St. John the Baptist
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Definitions: Child protection investigations (by finding) conducted during the state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request

Footnotes: The child protection investigation process begins with a report of child abuse and/or neglect. Reports are then screened to determine whether or not the allegations meet the definition of child abuse and/or neglect. Investigations are then conducted for screened-in reports of child abuse and neglect. Data reported here reflect the outcomes of these investigations according to three possible outcomes: valid, invalid, and other.

Child protection investigations for some parishes are included in the data of another parish. During the 2005-2007 time period, the offices listed below served multiple parishes as follows:

Calcasieu - served Calcasieu and Cameron parishes
Catahoula - served Catahoula and La Salle parishes
East Feliciana - served East Feliciana and West Feliciana
Iberville - served Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes
Lafourche - served Assumption and Lafourche parishes
Natchitoches - served Natchitoches and Red River parishes
Ouachita - served Caldwell and Ouachita parishes
St. John the Baptist - served St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes
Tangipahoa - served St. Helena and Tangipahoa
Webster - served Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Webster parishes

LNE (Low Number Event) is a value of fewer than 5 events and thus is not reported as a numerical value.

Note that totals from parishes do not add up to the Louisiana totals because a small number of cases are handled directly by the state office.

Child protection investigations by finding (Percent & Number)

Location Finding Data Type FY 2010
Louisiana
Valid
Percent
30.3%
Louisiana
Valid
Number
6,178
Louisiana
Invalid
Percent
57.5%
Louisiana
Invalid
Number
11,722
Louisiana
Other
Percent
12.3%
Louisiana
Other
Number
2,501
Louisiana
Total investigations
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
Total investigations
Number
20,401
St. James
Valid
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Valid
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Invalid
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Invalid
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Other
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Other
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Total investigations
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Total investigations
Number
see St. John the Baptist
Location Finding Data Type FY 2010
Louisiana
Valid
Percent
30.3%
Louisiana
Valid
Number
6,178
Louisiana
Invalid
Percent
57.5%
Louisiana
Invalid
Number
11,722
Louisiana
Other
Percent
12.3%
Louisiana
Other
Number
2,501
Louisiana
Total investigations
Percent
100.0%
Louisiana
Total investigations
Number
20,401
St. James
Valid
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Valid
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Invalid
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Invalid
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Other
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Other
Number
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Total investigations
Percent
see St. John the Baptist
St. James
Total investigations
Number
see St. John the Baptist
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Definitions: Child protection investigations by finding conducted during the state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request

Footnotes:

The child protection investigation process begins with a report of child abuse and/or neglect. Reports are then screened to determine whether or not the allegations meet the definition of child abuse and/or neglect. Investigations are then conducted for screened-in reports of child abuse and neglect. Data reported here reflect the outcomes of these investigations according to three possible outcomes: valid, invalid, and other.

Child protection investigations for some parishes are included in the data of another parish. During the 2008-2010 time period, the offices listed below served multiple parishes as follows:

Calcasieu - served Calcasieu and Cameron parishes
Catahoula - served Catahoula and La Salle parishes
East Feliciana - served East Feliciana and West Feliciana
Iberville - served Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes
Jefferson - served Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes
Lafourche - served Assumption and Lafourche parishes
Madison - served Madison and Tensas parishes
Natchitoches - served Natchitoches and Red River parishes
Ouachita - served Caldwell and Ouachita parishes
Richland - served Richland and West Carroll parishes
St. John the Baptist - served St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes
Tangipahoa - served St. Helena and Tangipahoa
Webster - served Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Webster parishes

NA - data was not available for that geography for this timeframe.

LNE (Low Number Event) - a value of fewer than 5 events and thus is not reported as a numerical value.

Note that totals from parishes do not add up to the Louisiana totals because a small number of cases are handled directly by the state office.

Youth under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice (Number & Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20)

Location Data Type 2010
Louisiana
Number
4,264
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
6.1
St. James
Number
6
St. James
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
LNE
Location Data Type 2010
Louisiana
Number
4,264
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
6.1
St. James
Number
6
St. James
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
LNE
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Definitions: Number - number of children in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice, including youth in secure or non-secure custody, as well as those on probation or parole. 
Rate - number of children in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice per 1,000 youth ages 10-20.

Data Source: Juvenile Justice Data - Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (formerly the Office of Youth Development), by special request
Population Data - 2000-2009: National Center for Health Statistics. Postcensal estimates of the resident population of the United States for July 1, 2000-July 1, 2009, by year, county, age, bridged race, Hispanic origin, and sex (Vintage 2009). Prepared under a collaborative arrangement with the U.S. Census Bureau; released June 20, 2010. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/bridged_race.htm as of July 23, 2010; 2010: U.S. Census Bureau Census 2010, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder

Footnotes:

Data reflect the population count for September 1 of a given year, and thus do not represent the total number of children who may have been under OJJ supervision in a given year.

Statewide data are larger than the sum of data from all parishes because a small number of youth under the supervision or in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Justice are "out of state" youth.

LNE (low number event) - a value of fewer than 5 events or a rate based on fewer than twenty events and thus is not reported as a numerical value.

Youth under the supervision of OJJ (Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20 & Number)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
5,482
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
8.3
St. James
Number
13
St. James
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
4.5
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
5,482
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
8.3
St. James
Number
13
St. James
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
4.5
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Definitions: Number - number of children in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice, including youth in secure or non-secure custody, as well as those on probation or parole over the course of the entire calendar year.

Rate - number of children in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice per 1,000 youth ages 10-20.

These data do not include youth in the adult criminal justice system. Data also do not include youth who are served by parish juvenile courts that operate their own probation and parole systems (Calcasieu, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson and Rapides).

Data Source: Juvenile Justice Data - Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (formerly the Office of Youth Development), by special request
Population Data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2020). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2019." Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/

Footnotes: Data for 2011 and later should not be compared to previous years' data. Previously, data reflected how many youth were under OJJ supervision on September 1st of a given year. Beginning in 2011, data reflects how many youth were under OJJ supervision at any point during a calendar year. 

Updated August 27, 2020

Children in foster care (Number & Rate per 1,000)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
7,028
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000
6.5
St. James
Number
15
St. James
Rate per 1,000
3.1
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
7,028
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000
6.5
St. James
Number
15
St. James
Rate per 1,000
3.1
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Definitions: number - the number of children and youth in the foster care system
rate - the number of children in foster care per 1,000 children under age 18 in the population

Rates are based on Census Bureau estimates of the population of children ages 0 to 17 in each parish, as of July 1st of the respective year. 

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request.

Population data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2020). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2019." Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/

Footnotes: Data is reported according to the location of court of entry into foster care. Note that the parish location data was missing for a small number of children each year, and a very small (<5) number of children in foster care have cases that originated in other states. As a result, the statewide total is larger than the sum of data from all parishes.

Data is unduplicated, so if a child entered and exited foster care multiple times over the course of the year, he/she would only be counted once.

Updated December 1, 2020

Children entering foster care (Number & Rate per 1,000)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
2,781
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000
2.6
St. James
Number
9
St. James
Rate per 1,000
1.9
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
2,781
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000
2.6
St. James
Number
9
St. James
Rate per 1,000
1.9
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Definitions: number - the number of children entering foster care during a calendar year
rate - the number of children entering foster care during a calendar year per 1,000 children ages 0-17
Rates are based on Census Bureau estimates of the population of children ages 0 to 17 in each parish, as of July 1st of the respective year. 

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request.

Population data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2020). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2019." Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/

Footnotes: Data is reported according to the location of court of entry into foster care.

Note that the parish location data was missing for a small number of children each year, and a very small (<5) number of children in foster care have cases that originated in other states. As a result, the statewide total is larger than the sum of data from all parishes.

Data is unduplicated, so if a child entered and exited foster care multiple times over the course of the year, he/she would only be counted once.

Updated December 1, 2020

Children exiting foster care (Number & Rate per 1,000)

Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
3,319
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000
3.1
St. James
Number
6
St. James
Rate per 1,000
1.2
Location Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Number
3,319
Louisiana
Rate per 1,000
3.1
St. James
Number
6
St. James
Rate per 1,000
1.2
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Definitions: number - the number of children entering foster care during a calendar year
rate - the number of children entering foster care during a calendar year per 1,000 children ages 0-17


Rates are based on Census Bureau estimates of the population of children ages 0 to 17 in each parish, as of July 1st of the respective year. 

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request.

Population data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2020). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2019." Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/

Footnotes: Data is reported according to the location of court of entry into foster care.

Note that the parish location data was missing for a small number of children each year, and a very small (<5) number of children in foster care have cases that originated in other states. As a result, the statewide total is larger than the sum of data from all parishes.

Data is unduplicated, so if a child entered and exited foster care multiple times over the course of the year, he/she would only be counted once.

LNE (Low Number Event): data is not reported when there fewer than five children exited foster care in a parish over the course of the year.

Updated December 1, 2020

Youth under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice by race (Number & Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20)

Location Race Data Type 2009 - 2010
Louisiana
Black
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
11.0
Louisiana
Black
Number
2,985
Louisiana
White
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
3.7
Louisiana
White
Number
1,405
Louisiana
All youth
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
6.4
Louisiana
All youth
Number
4,488
St. James
Black
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
lne
St. James
Black
Number
6
St. James
White
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
lne
St. James
White
Number
lne
St. James
All youth
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
lne
St. James
All youth
Number
7
Location Race Data Type 2009 - 2010
Louisiana
Black
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
11.0
Louisiana
Black
Number
2,985
Louisiana
White
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
3.7
Louisiana
White
Number
1,405
Louisiana
All youth
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
6.4
Louisiana
All youth
Number
4,488
St. James
Black
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
lne
St. James
Black
Number
6
St. James
White
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
lne
St. James
White
Number
lne
St. James
All youth
Rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
lne
St. James
All youth
Number
7
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Definitions: Number - number of children in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice, including youth in secure or non-secure custody, as well as those on probation or parole. 
Rate - number of children in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice per 1,000 youth ages 10-20.

Data Source: Juvenile Justice Data - Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (formerly the Office of Youth Development), by special request 
Population Data - 2000-2009: National Center for Health Statistics. Postcensal estimates of the resident population of the United States for July 1, 2000-July 1, 2009, by year, county, age, bridged race, Hispanic origin, and sex (Vintage 2009). Prepared under a collaborative arrangement with the U.S. Census Bureau; released June 20, 2010. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/bridged_race.htm as of July 23, 2010; 2010: U.S. Census Bureau Census 2010, Summary File 1, extracted from American Fact Finder.

Footnotes: Data reflect an average of the population count for September 1 of the two stated years, and thus do not represent the total number of children who may have been under OJJ supervision in the given years. 

Statewide data are larger than the sum of data from all parishes because a small number of youth under the supervision or in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Justice are "out of state" youth.  Due to the small number of events in most parishes, data are not reported for racial categories other than "black" and "white."  

LNE (low number event) - a value of fewer than 5 events or a rate based on fewer than twenty events and thus is not reported as a numerical value.

Youth under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice by race (Number & rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20)

Location Race Data Type 2015 - 2016 Avg.
Louisiana
Black
Number
3,845
Louisiana
Black
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
14.9
Louisiana
White
Number
1,823
Louisiana
White
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
5.1
Louisiana
All youth
Number
5,900
Louisiana
All youth
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
8.8
St. James
Black
Number
19
St. James
Black
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
11.6
St. James
White
Number
LNE
St. James
White
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
LNE
St. James
All youth
Number
20
St. James
All youth
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
6.5
Location Race Data Type 2015 - 2016 Avg.
Louisiana
Black
Number
3,845
Louisiana
Black
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
14.9
Louisiana
White
Number
1,823
Louisiana
White
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
5.1
Louisiana
All youth
Number
5,900
Louisiana
All youth
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
8.8
St. James
Black
Number
19
St. James
Black
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
11.6
St. James
White
Number
LNE
St. James
White
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
LNE
St. James
All youth
Number
20
St. James
All youth
rate per 1,000 youth ages 10-20
6.5
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Definitions: Number - number of children in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice, including youth in secure or non-secure custody, as well as those on probation or parole over the course of the entire calendar year. These data do not include youth in the adult criminal justice system. Data also do not include youth who are served by parish juvenile courts that operate their own probation and parole systems (Calcasieu, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson and Rapides).

Rate - number of children in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Justice per 1,000 youth ages 10-20.

Data Source: Juvenile Justice Data - Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (formerly the Office of Youth Development), by special request
Population Data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2017). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2016." Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/

Footnotes: Data reflect an average of the population for the two stated years. 

Statewide data are larger than the sum of data from all parishes because a small number of youth under the supervision or in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Justice are "out of state" youth. 

Due to the small number of events in most parishes, data are not reported for racial categories other than "black" and "white."  

LNE (low number event) - a value of fewer than 5 events

Children in foster care by race (Number & Rate per 1,000)

Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Black
Number
2,762
Louisiana
Black
Rate per 1,000
6.6
Louisiana
White
Number
3,789
Louisiana
White
Rate per 1,000
6.0
Louisiana
Other
Number
477
Louisiana
Other
Rate per 1,000
n.a.
Louisiana
Total
Number
7,028
Louisiana
Total
Rate per 1,000
6.5
St. James
Black
Number
10
St. James
Black
Rate per 1,000
4.0
St. James
White
Number
5
St. James
White
Rate per 1,000
2.2
St. James
Other
Number
0
St. James
Other
Rate per 1,000
0.0
St. James
Total
Number
15
St. James
Total
Rate per 1,000
3.1
Location Race Data Type 2019
Louisiana
Black
Number
2,762
Louisiana
Black
Rate per 1,000
6.6
Louisiana
White
Number
3,789
Louisiana
White
Rate per 1,000
6.0
Louisiana
Other
Number
477
Louisiana
Other
Rate per 1,000
n.a.
Louisiana
Total
Number
7,028
Louisiana
Total
Rate per 1,000
6.5
St. James
Black
Number
10
St. James
Black
Rate per 1,000
4.0
St. James
White
Number
5
St. James
White
Rate per 1,000
2.2
St. James
Other
Number
0
St. James
Other
Rate per 1,000
0.0
St. James
Total
Number
15
St. James
Total
Rate per 1,000
3.1
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Definitions: number - the number of children and youth in the foster care system, by race
rate - the number of children in foster care per 1,000 children under age 18 in the population, by race

Rates are based on Census Bureau estimates of the population of children ages 0 to 17, as of July 1st of the respective year. 

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request.

Population data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2020). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2019." Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/

Footnotes: Note that data are reported by race, but not Hispanic origin. Hispanic origin was unknown for a significant portion of children in foster care in Louisiana. In 2017, Hispanic origin was unknown for about 8% of the children in foster care, while 2% were Hispanic and 90% were non-Hispanic. 
Some children reported as being black or white may also identify as Hispanic. 

Data is reported according to the location of court of entry into foster care. Note that the parish location data was missing for a small number of children each year, and a very small (<5) number of children in foster care have cases that originated in other states. As a result, the statewide total is larger than the sum of data from all parishes.

Data is unduplicated, so if a child entered and exited foster care multiple times over the course of the year, he/she would only be counted once.

Updated December 1, 2020