Greenwood, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 32°26′10″N 93°57′50″W / 32.43611°N 93.96389°W / 32.43611; -93.96389
Greenwood, Louisiana
Town
Greenwood, LA, Municipal Complex IMG 2895.JPG
Greenwood Municipal Complex
Motto: Gateway to Louisiana
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Caddo
Elevation 249 ft (75.9 m)
Coordinates 32°26′10″N 93°57′50″W / 32.43611°N 93.96389°W / 32.43611; -93.96389
Area 9.0 sq mi (23.3 km2)
 - land 8.98 sq mi (23 km2)
 - water 0.02 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 3,219 (2010)
Density 357.7 / sq mi (138.1 / km2)
Founded 1839
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Greenwood in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: greenwoodla.org
Greenwood welcome sign
The Dunn House, a hospital for wounded Confederates, now serves as headquarters of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.
The Cedars House, built about 1850 by Eli Jenkins, is named for the cedar trees on the lot.
The Trosper House in Greenwood, the second family house at this site, was built in 1910 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
First Baptist Church

Greenwood is a town in southern Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,219 at the 2010 census,[1] up from 2,458 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Greenwood was established in 1839. During the Civil War Battle of Mansfield in April 1864, Confederate wounded were treated at the Dunn House, now used as the headquarters of the local chamber of commerce. Several other historic houses in Greenwood, including the Trosper House, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Caddo Parish Sheriff J. Howell Flournoy, who served a record 26 years in office from 1940–1966, was born in Greenwood in 1891.[2]

On March 3, 1964, Owen D. Adams was elected as a Republican to the historically Democratic Caddo Parish Commission, then known as the police jury (equivalent to county commission in other states). Joining Adams on the police jury was a later state representative, B. F. O'Neal of Shreveport.[3] In 1968, Adams was easily reelected to the police jury. He was the only member of his party to win an office in Caddo Parish that year.[4] Adams, an engineer, served on the body for several terms before he resigned to relocate to Houston, Texas. At times, he was the only Republican on the body. He has since returned to Greenwood.[5]

Geography[edit]

Greenwood is located in western Caddo Parish at 32°26′10″N 93°57′50″W / 32.43611°N 93.96389°W / 32.43611; -93.96389 (32.436051, -93.963902).[6] Greenwood Road (U.S. Routes 80 and 79) is the main route through the center of town. Interstate 20 passes through the northern part of the town, with access from exits 3 and 5. Downtown Shreveport is 15 miles (24 km) to the east, and Waskom, Texas, is 6 miles (10 km) to the west. Carthage, Texas, is 31 miles (50 km) to the southwest down US 79.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Greenwood has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.3 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.19%, is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,458 people, 964 households, and 701 families residing in the town. The population density was 315.5 people per square mile (121.8/km²). There were 1,036 housing units at an average density of 133.0 per square mile (51.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.01% White, 20.63% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population.

There were 964 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,408, and the median income for a family was $52,955. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $26,622 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,374. About 9.3% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

First United Methodist Church in Greenwood

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Greenwood town, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "HistoricalFacts". caddohistory.com. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ Shreveport Journal, March 4, 1964, p. 1
  4. ^ Shreveport Journal, February 7, 1968, p. 1
  5. ^ Net Detective People Search
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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