Bad news for Louisiana on the growth front. A new report released by the U.S. Census says 4 parishes in Louisiana are on the list of the ten counties in the nation with the largest loss of residents.

All of this parishes showing high numbers leaving are in southeast Louisiana near New Orleans.

The county in the U.S. with the largest percent decline in population from 2021 to 2022 was Lassen County, California, which saw a 6% decline. The county was closely followed by St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana, which saw a population decrease of nearly 2,200 people or 5.1%.

The third and fourth spots on the list were also occupied by Louisiana parishes — Terrebonne Parish with a 3.9% decrease and Plaquemines Parish, which saw a 3.3% decline.

Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish checks in at #8 on the list losing 2.7% of its population.

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Overall, Louisiana has been hit hard by population losses over the past couple of years. The data shows Louisiana’s population dropped by about 37,000 between 2020 and 2021. Our current population is about 4.6 million.

But across the south, more people are moving in. The southern region was the fastest growing in the nation, showing a 1% increase. The west also saw growth, bringing in .2% more residents.

Florida was the fastest-growing state in 2022, with an annual population increase of 1.9%.

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The Caddo parish population is now at 237,800 which is down 2%. Bossier Parish has 129,100 people which is up by .3%.

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