Lecompte, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 31°05′41″N 92°24′01″W / 31.09472°N 92.40028°W / 31.09472; -92.40028
Town of Lecompte
Town
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Rapides
Elevation 69 ft (21 m)
Coordinates 31°05′41″N 92°24′01″W / 31.09472°N 92.40028°W / 31.09472; -92.40028
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 1,366 (2000)
Density 1,344.8 / sq mi (519.2 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Lecompte in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Lea's Lunchroom is a popular restaurant in Lecompte.
Bayou Boeuf in Lecompte

Lecompte (pronounced luh-COUNT) is a town in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is part of the Alexandria, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,366 at the 2000 census.

Shreveport attorney Jackson B. Davis, who served in the Louisiana State Senate from 1956–1980, was born near Lecompte. One of Davis's state Senate colleagues, Cecil R. Blair of Rapides Parish, who served from 1960–1964 and 1966–1976, resided and operated a business in Lecompte.

Louisiana historian Sue Eakin was reared in the area and graduated from Lecompte High School.[1]

Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway, a resident of nearby Forest Hill, was born in Lecompte in 1943. Coushatta businessman and philanthropis Edgar Cason, formerly resided in Lecompte.

Geography[edit]

Lecompte is located at 31°5′28″N 92°24′1″W / 31.09111°N 92.40028°W / 31.09111; -92.40028 (31.091135, -92.400397)[2].

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

It is most famous for Lea's Lunchroom 1, a restaurant specializing in pie. Since 2002, the town has hosted an annual pie festival 2.

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,366 people, 516 households, and 330 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,344.8 people per square mile (517.1/km²). There were 586 housing units at an average density of 576.9 per square mile (221.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 24.96% White, 74.30% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 516 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 24.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 79.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,708, and the median income for a family was $23,897. Males had a median income of $22,361 versus $15,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,210. About 32.9% of families and 35.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.8% of those under age 18 and 32.6% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

The town of Lecompte, Louisiana, was named after a famous racehorse owned by the Wells family who lived on a plantation south of the town. The horse's name was LeComte. He won races at the Fairgrounds racetrack in New Orleans. During the days of the Lecompte High School, the yearbook was named the LeComte with a picture of the racehorse on the first page. When the railroad painted a sign on the side of the train depot years ago a "p" was added to the name and it has been Lecompte ever since.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Powell Sharkey, "Noted Louisiana historian Sue Eakin of Bunkie dead at 90," Alexandria Daily Town Talk, September 19, 2009
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.