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|Concordia gains in population; town numbers decline|
Concordia's population grew during the past decade, but the population of the parish's four towns declined, according to preliminary figures from the 2010 Census.
U.S. Census Bureau preliminary stats show that Concordia's population grew by 575 residents during the past 10 years, from 20,247 in 2000 to 20,822 in 2010.
"It seems as if the population has shifted somewhat from the towns to the rural areas of the parish" said Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington. "The growth is good for the parish and should help us in acquiring grant funding. It also means that we have a few more people paying sales taxes."
Redistricting also follows the census, which comes every 10 years.
Parish Planner Oliver Schulz said that once the final figures are released that the Police Jury will have 90 days to determine if redistricting is required.
"If they're within 10 percent plus or minus of the last census they may not have to redistrict," said Schulz. "The figures yet to be released involve all of the details, like the male/female population and racial makeup of the parish."
Concordia was one of only three parishes in northeastern Louisiana that showed population growth. LaSalle and Ouachita were the other two.
Neighboring Catahoula, Tensas and Franklin parishes all saw declines in population, while Avoyelles to the south showed an increase.
In Vidalia, the parish's largest town, Mayor Hyram Copeland said he was stunned by the figures and may dispute them.
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