Claiborne Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Homer and as of 2000, the population is 16,851. The parish is named for the first Louisiana governor, William C. C. Claiborne.
The parish has a total area of 1,988 km2 (768 mi2). 1,955 km2 (755 mi2) of it is land and 33 km2 (13 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 1.68% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 16,851 people, 6,270 households, and 4,338 families residing in the parish. The population density is 9/km2 (22/mi2). There are 7,815 housing units at an average density of 4/km2 (10/mi2). The racial makeup of the parish is 51.80% White, 47.37% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6,270 households out of which 29.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% are married couples living together, 17.60% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% are non-families. 28.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.80% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.50 and the average family size is 3.07.
In the parish the population is spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.40 males.
The median income for a household in the parish is $25,344, and the median income for a family is $32,225. Males have a median income of $29,161 versus $20,102 for females. The per capita income for the parish is $13,825. 26.50% of the population and 21.40% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 36.30% of those under the age of 18 and 23.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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