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There are 1,310 USDA backed residential loans in Rapides parish with an average loan balance of $130,924. Over 79% of the loans helped first time home buyers. Borrowers were an average age of 38 years old. The typical appraised home value was around $133,744. On average the rural home size purchased with this loan was approximately 1,599 SqFt.

The size of Rapides Parish is roughly 3,526 square kilometers. USDA defined regions of rural loan ineligibility in Rapides cover 121 square kilometers of the parish. Approximately 3.4% of Rapides Parish is ineligible for traditional USDA home loans. The influence score for Rapides Parish is 2. Look below for the interactive parish level map illustration below for more details.

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Afeman   •   Alexandria   •   Alfalfa   •   Anandale   •   *Ball   •   Barrett   •   Barron   •   Bennett Bay Landing   •   Big Island   •   Blanche   •   *Boyce   •   Bringhurst   •   Buckeye   •   Calcasieu   •   Campbell   •   Castor Plunge   •   Chambers   •   *Cheneyville   •   Cloverdale   •   Clubhouse Landing   •   Cooley   •   *Deville   •   Dove Landing   •   Echo   •   Flatwoods   •   *Forest Hill   •   Fort Buhlow   •   Fort Randolph   •   Gardner   •   *Glenmora   •   Green Gables   •   Hemphill   •   Hester Landing   •   Hineston   •   Holloway   •   Hot Wells   •   Inglewood   •   Kingsville   •   Kolin   •   Lamourie   •   Latanier   •   *Lecompte   •   Lee Heights   •   Lena   •   Libuse   •   Longleaf   •   *McNary   •   McNutt   •   Meeker   •   Melder   •   Moreland   •   Otis   •   Paradise   •   Pearl   •   Pine Coupee   •   Pineville   •   Poland   •   Rapides   •   Rock   •   Rodemacher   •   Roxana   •   Ruby   •   Samtown   •   Shady Oaks   •   Sharp   •   Sieper   •   Sieps   •   Stille   •   Timber Trails   •   Tioga   •   Union Hill   •   Walding   •   Wardville   •   Weil   •   Westport   •   Whittington   •   Wilda   •   Willow Glen   •   Wilson Point   •   *Woodworth   •   Zimmerman

A USDA loan is a mortgage option available to eligible homebuyers that is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture to promote homeownership in rural communities. USDA Loans, sometimes called "RD Loans," offer 100% financing options on eligible rural properties. USDAProperties can help you find USDA properties in Rapides Parish.

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Rapides Parish, Louisiana
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Rapides Parish is located in the central part of the great state of Louisiana. It was established on March 31, 1807, as one of the original 19 parishes created after the US acquired the Louisiana Purchase. The name "Rapides" is derived from the French word for "rapids" and signifies the region's initial French influence. The parish seat is in the city of Alexandria, which lies at the geographic center of Louisiana.

Rapides Parish has a rich history, with indigenous peoples having lived in the area for thousands of years prior to European settlement. In the early 18th century, a French trader named Louis Juchereau de St. Denis established a trading post in the area, creating the first connection between the French colonies of Louisiana and Texas.

During the Civil War, Central Louisiana, including the region now known as Rapides Parish, was the site of numerous conflicts. In 1864, Confederate General Richard Taylor and Union General Nathaniel Banks faced off in the Battle of Mansura, which culminated in the Battle of Yellow Bayou. This marked the end of the Red River Campaign and ultimately contributed to the Union victory in the war.

Rapides Parish experienced significant growth and development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The arrival of the railroad in Alexandria in 1885 spurred economic growth, connecting the parish's rich timber and agricultural resources with national and international markets.

One fun fact about Rapides Parish is that it is home to a remarkable prehistoric earthwork, the Marksville Site. This archaeological site dates back to approximately 50 BCE and reflects the early Marksville culture, which had connections to the Hopewell tradition. The site consists of six conical mounds and one rectangular platform mound, providing insights into the ceremonies, rituals, and other cultural activities of the ancient people who lived in Rapides Parish.

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