Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Rapides Parish (French: Paroisse des Rapides) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 131,613. The parish seat is Alexandria. Rapides is the French spelling of "rapids" and is pronounced ra-PEEDS (I.P.A. [ɹæ.pid͜z]).
Upper portion of the Rapides Parish Courthouse in Alexandria
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
|Named for||The local river rapids|
|• Total||1,362 sq mi (3,530 km2)|
|• Land||1,318 sq mi (3,410 km2)|
|• Water||44 sq mi (110 km2) 3.2%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||100/sq mi (40/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|