Walker, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 30°29′22″N 90°51′46″W / 30.48944°N 90.86278°W / 30.48944; -90.86278
City of Walker
Home of the Renegades
City
Motto: "Just what you're looking for"
Nickname: The Pine Tree Capital of the World..
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Livingston
Elevation 46 ft (14 m)
Coordinates 30°29′22″N 90°51′46″W / 30.48944°N 90.86278°W / 30.48944; -90.86278
Area 5.8 sq mi (15 km2)
 - land 5.8 sq mi (15 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 6,138 (2010)
Density 1,058.3 / sq mi (408.6 / km2)
Mayor Rick Ramsey (R) (elected 2012; unseated Bobby Font)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 225
Location of Walker in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: http://www.walker.la.us

Walker is a city in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,138 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area. Originally Milton Old Field, it was founded by Cameron Calloway and Ben Todd in 1861.

Geography[edit]

Walker is located at 30°29′22″N 90°51′46″W / 30.48944°N 90.86278°W / 30.48944; -90.86278 (30.489423, -90.862872).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.8 square miles (14.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

The 2010 Census noted the population of Walker is 6,138 - up 28% over the past decade. Walker officially became a city.[2] As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,801 people, 1,758 households, and 1,320 families residing in the town. The population density was 834.8 people per square mile (322.4/km²). There were 1,905 housing units at an average density of 331.2 per square mile (127.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.34% White, 12.37% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 1,758 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,298, and the median income for a family was $43,750. Males had a median income of $32,907 versus $21,775 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,056. About 5.9% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 20.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Walker is within the Livingston Parish Public Schools system.

The Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker is named for Sally Clausen, former Louisiana commissioner of education, and her brother, Thomas G. Clausen, state education superintendent from 1984 to 1988.[4]

Walker is served by:

Government[edit]

Mayor - Rick Ramsey[5][6]

Police Chief - Marliam Lee[6][7]

Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Jason Ard[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "The Walker Report". The Walker Report. City of Walker. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Livingston Center dedicated; named for Clausen family, September 10, 2007". southeastern.edu. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://walker.la.us/BioMayor.html
  6. ^ a b https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/registration/officials.aspx
  7. ^ http://www.walkerpd.org/
  8. ^ http://www.LPSO.org/

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