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Central, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Central had a population of 28,427 as of July 1, 2016. Central ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Central is located at latitude 30.5593 and longitude -91.0355 in East Baton Rouge Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Central (see map below) encompass a land area of 62.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. East Baton Rouge Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 66 feet.

The City of Central (GNIS ID: 2504823) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Central is located within Parish Governing Authority District 4, a minor civil division (MCD) of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Central population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Central, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 28,427
Population in Households 28,384
Population in Familes 24,844
Population in Group Qrtrs 43
Population Density1 457
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 10,776
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 8,275
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,251 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,597 (76.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,179 (19.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 475 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $195,435
Average Home Value $229,573


Median Household Income $60,942
Average Household Income $80,522
Per Capita Income $30,541
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.91% 0.74%
Households 0.92% 0.73%
Families 0.72% 0.6%
Median Household Income   2.39%
Per Capita Income   1.83%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Central, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Central to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 16 97th
Population Density1 # 285 40th
Diversity Index2 # 386 19th
Median Household Income # 36 93rd
Per Capita Income # 42 91st

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