Cotton Valley, Louisiana

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Cotton Valley, Louisiana
Town of Cotton Valley
Downtown Cotton Valley with United States Post Office at the right and municipal building at the left
Downtown Cotton Valley with United States Post Office at the right and municipal building at the left
Location of Cotton Valley in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Cotton Valley in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 32°48′52″N 93°25′17″W / 32.81444°N 93.42139°W / 32.81444; -93.42139Coordinates: 32°48′52″N 93°25′17″W / 32.81444°N 93.42139°W / 32.81444; -93.42139
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.65 sq mi (6.85 km2)
 • Land2.63 sq mi (6.82 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
226 ft (69 m)
 • Total787
 • Density299.01/sq mi (115.45/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-17915 (archived)

Cotton Valley is a town in central Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,009 at the 2010 census.


Mayoral history[edit]

Cotton Valley was established in the mid-19th century, and incorporated in 1944 when J. B. Roby, a Democrat, became its first mayor.[2] In 1946, Roby was succeeded by A. C. Borland,[3] who served a total of 22 years. An insurance agent, Borland did not seek reelection in 1968 and was succeeded by E. M. Hollingsworth.[4] Borland was credited with the building of the Cotton Valley city hall, recreation center and municipal park.[5] Keith Chanler {Republican} was elected mayor in 2000 and again in 2004 and chose not to run in 2008. Comerdis Phillips was elected mayor in 2008[6] Joseph Alexander became mayor in 2016.[7]

Marlon Pope Special Learning Center[edit]

Cotton Valley was the home of the former Marlon Pope Special Learning Center,[8] named for Chester Marlon Pope, a civic leader and Republican member of the Webster Parish School Board.[9]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Cotton Valley water tower highlights the high school's "Wildcats"
Calumet Industries, formerly Cotton Valley Oil Company, located off U.S. Highway 371 in Cotton Valley

2020 census[edit]

Cotton Valley racial composition[11]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 380 48.28%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 362 46.0%
Native American 15 1.91%
Other/Mixed 18 2.29%
Hispanic or Latino 12 1.52%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 787 people, 444 households, and 289 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 1,189 people, 477 households, and 313 families residing in the town. The population density was 451.2 people per square mile (173.9/km2). There were 568 housing units at an average density of 215.5 per square mile (83.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 56.01% White, 42.39% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.08% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 477 households, out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,000, and the median income for a family was $30,515. Males had a median income of $30,345 versus $21,635 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,662. About 25.9% of families and 30.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.4% of those under age 18 and 22.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

A public library replaced the former facility in the old office of Dr. John Pugh, a long-time Cotton Valley physician, who began his practice in 1901.[13]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. ^ Minden Herald, April 14, 1944, p. 1
  3. ^ "Borland Re-elected in Cotton Valley", Minden Herald, April 12, 1956, p. 1
  4. ^ Minden Press-Herald, June 27, 1968, p. 1
  5. ^ Minden Press-Herald, January 27, 1987, p. 3
  6. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 4, 2008". Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "Cotton Valley Mayor-elect takes oath of office". Minden Press-Herald. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Learning center to bear Pope name", Minden Press-Herald, December 16, 1986, p. 1
  9. ^ "Marlon Pope dies", Minden Press-Herald, January 25, 1987, p. 1
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-29.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ Minden Herald, September 24, 1948, p. 1
  14. ^ "Ken Beck". National Football League. Retrieved 2011-08-08.

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