Campti, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 31°53′44″N 93°06′50″W / 31.89556°N 93.11389°W / 31.89556; -93.11389
Town of Campti
Town
Revised Union Baptist Church of Campti, LA IMG 3490.JPG
United Baptist Church of Campti dedicated its new sanctuary off Louisiana Highway 9 near Lakeview School on May 22, 2010, with Governor Bobby Jindal as the speaker.
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Natchitoches
Elevation 128 ft (39 m)
Coordinates 31°53′44″N 93°06′50″W / 31.89556°N 93.11389°W / 31.89556; -93.11389
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 1,057 (2000)
Density 1,080.2 / sq mi (417.1 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 71411
Area code 318
Location of Campti in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Campti town limits sign
The Campti Historic Museum is open for limited hours at the site of the former Campti branch City Bank.
Lakeview Junior and Senior High School in Campti
Cattle grazing between Lakeview High School and Union Baptist Church in north Campti

Campti is a town in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,057 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area. Campti is a flat area of mostly farmland. It sets on the eastern bank of the Red River. Considerable cattle are also raised in the general area.

Lakeview Junior and Senior High School, a modern consolidated school structure housing pre-kindergarten and grades nine through twelve, is located east of Campti on Louisiana Highway 9. The school is 55 percent white in enrollment,[1] but Campti itself is some 75 percent African American in population. Students from as far north as Ashland attend Lakeview.

During the American Civil War, Union General A.J. Smith, with two brigades, reached Campti to assist Admiral David Dixon Porter's trapped gunboats on the Red River there. Smith and his men burned Campti, which then contained only a few buildings and houses. The gunboats were returned safely upriver to Grand Ecore in Natchitoches Parish.[2]

Geography[edit]

Campti is located at 31°53′44″N 93°6′50″W / 31.89556°N 93.11389°W / 31.89556; -93.11389 (31.895511, -93.113966).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,057 people, 385 households, and 269 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,080.2 people per square mile (416.4/km²). There were 462 housing units at an average density of 472.1 per square mile (182.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 24.88% White, 74.46% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.28% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 385 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.4% were married couples living together, 35.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the town the population was spread out with 38.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $14,844, and the median income for a family was $15,781. Males had a median income of $25,750 versus $14,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $7,219. About 47.3% of families and 45.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.9% of those under age 18 and 33.0% of those age 65 or over.

In 2010, Campti had the eighth-lowest median household income of all places in the United States with a population over 1,000.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High School". muninetguide.com. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 359
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Census". Retrieved 18 January 2014.