Rapides Parish, Louisiana

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Rapides Parish
Upper portion of the Rapides Parish Courthouse in Alexandria
Upper portion of the Rapides Parish Courthouse in Alexandria
Map of Louisiana highlighting Rapides Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 31°12′N 92°32′W / 31.2°N 92.54°W / 31.2; -92.54
Country United States
State Louisiana
Named forThe local river rapids
Largest cityAlexandria
 • Total1,362 sq mi (3,530 km2)
 • Land1,318 sq mi (3,410 km2)
 • Water44 sq mi (110 km2)  3.2%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density100/sq mi (40/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district5th

Rapides Parish (French: Paroisse des Rapides) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 131,613.[1] The parish seat is Alexandria.[2] Rapides is the French spelling of "rapids" and is pronounced ra-PEEDS (I.P.A. [ɹæ.pid͜z]).

The parish was created in 1807 after the United States bought this territory in the Louisiana Purchase.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. "Rapides Parish". Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Retrieved September 6, 2014.