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Allen Parish, Louisiana

Allen Parish is located in southwestern Louisiana, United States. It is situated in the region known as Acadiana and is bordered by the parishes of Beauregard, Calcasieu, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, Rapides, and Vernon. The parish was established in 1912 and was named after former Confederate States Army general Henry Watkins Allen.

Geographically, Allen Parish covers an area of approximately 766 square miles (1,985 square kilometers). The parish seat is the city of Oberlin, and other notable communities include Oakdale and Kinder. Allen Parish is primarily a rural area with a mix of agricultural and forested land.

The estimated population of Allen Parish was around 25,000 people as of 2021. The area has a diverse mix of cultures, including Cajun, Creole, and Native American influences. The majority of the population identifies as White, followed by African American and Native American residents.

Agriculture and forestry are important industries in Allen Parish. The fertile soil and favorable climate support the cultivation of crops such as cotton, soybeans, rice, and sweet potatoes. Additionally, the parish has extensive forested areas that contribute to the timber industry.

Recreationally, Allen Parish offers outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and camping. The Kisatchie National Forest, which spans across multiple parishes including Allen, provides opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and nature exploration.

Education in Allen Parish is overseen by the Allen Parish School Board, which operates public schools throughout the area.

Overall, Allen Parish provides a rural and scenic environment with a mix of agricultural and natural resources. It is a place where residents can enjoy a slower pace of life and appreciate the natural beauty of Louisiana's countryside.

Population & More

Population: 25,627

Median Household Income: $ 46,446

Persons in poverty: 21.6 %

High school graduate: 79.7 %

Bachelor’s degree or higher: 11.3 %

Persons without health insurance: 10.1 %

Households: 7,925

Number of Companies: 1,170

Men owned firms: 654

Women owned firms: 409

Veterans: 1,272

Cities & Zip Codes: Elton, 70532 - Dry Creek, 70637 - Kinder, 70648 - Mittie, 70654 - Oberlin, 70655 - Pitkin, 70656 - Ragley, 70657 - Reeves, 70658 - Oakdale, 71463 - Elizabeth, 70638 - Grant, 70644 - Leblanc, 70651.

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