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Central, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Central had a population of 28,665 as of July 1, 2019. 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 30.5544 and longitude -91.0368 in East Baton Rouge Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Central 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.


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Central, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Central, LA Housing Affordability Index is 180
State of Louisiana Housing Affordability Index is 143
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Central, LA Wealth Index is 117
State of Louisiana Wealth Index is 71
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 28,665
Population in Households 28,622
Population in Familes 24,999
Population in Group Qrtrs 43
Population Density 461
Diversity Index1 29
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $77,479
Average Household Income $93,936
Per Capita Income $35,545
Wealth Index3 117

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 11,223 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,008 (80.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,850 (16.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 366 ( 3.3%)
Median Home Value $223,846
Housing Affordability Index2 180
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 10,857
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 8,296
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.7% 0.54%
Households 0.7% 0.52%
Families 0.51% 0.39%
Median Household Income   2.0%
Per Capita Income   2.48%

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, 2019 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 # 17 97th
Population Density # 282 41st
Diversity Index # 379 20th
Median Household Income # 16 97th
Per Capita Income # 25 95th

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