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Pitkin is a census-designated place in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States. Pitkin is approximately 40 miles southeast of Leesville, the parish seat. Pitkin is approximately 45 miles southwest of the city of Alexandria and about 90 miles (140 km) due west of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP, also known as Angola) in West Feliciana Parish. As of the 2010 census, the CDP's population was 576. James Ridgeway of Mother Jones said that the Pitkin area had 1,965 residents. Burl Cain, the warden of LSP, was reared in Pitkin. His older brother, James David, a former member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature, was born in Pitkin in 1938.

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How did Louisiana earn the grade of B? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Louisiana has a state sales tax of 5.00%. Of particular interest is that Louisiana does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Louisiana has an effective property tax rate of 0.51%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Louisiana earned its state tax grade of B.

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