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Avoyelles Parish

​Population: 40,144

Median Household Income: $ 38,565

Persons in poverty: 24.4 %

High school graduate: 76.8 %

Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.3 %

Persons without health insurance: 10.6 %

Households: 15,163

Number of Companies: 3,090

Men owned firms: 1,594

Women owned firms: 1,146

Veterans: 2,218

Avoyelles is a parish located in central eastern Louisiana on the Red River where it effectively becomes the Atchafalaya River and meets the Mississippi River. The parish seat is Marksville. The parish was created in 1807, with the name deriving from the French name for the historic Avoyel people, one of the local Indian tribes at the time of European encounter. Today the parish is the base of the federally recognized Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe, who have a reservation there. The tribe has a land-based gambling casino on their reservation. It is located in Marksville, the parish seat, which is partly within reservation land

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