|Elevation||52 ft (15.8 m)|
|Area||1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)|
|- land||1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||2,155.5/sq mi (832.2/km2)|
|Mayor||Sherrie Jacobs (D) (elected April 9, 2016)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Ferriday claims to have produced more famous people per square mile than any other American small town. This statement intrigued author Elaine Dundy who probed that phenomenon while profiling both celebrities and townsfolk in her book, Ferriday, Louisiana, published by E. P. Dutton in 1991.
Ferriday played a role in the promotion of blues music through the Haney's Big House lounge in the African-American community. Almost every Delta Blues musician played at Haney's. The Delta Music Museum in the downtown historic district is open daily to visitors, many of whom come from out of state. It is located next to the restored Arcade Theater. The museum contains exhibits on Ferriday natives, some of whom were blues, rock, pop, and country musicians.
Ferriday is represented by churches of several major denominations, including a large Pentecostal congregation south of town on Louisiana Highway 15, as well as Baptist, Assembly of God, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Catholic.
Ferriday is situated on the west side of Lake Concordia and 8 miles (13 km) from Lake St. John, oxbow lakes famous for recreational and professional bass fishing.
U.S. Routes 84 and 425 pass through the center of Ferriday. US 84 leads west 16 miles (26 km) to Jonesville, and US 425 leads north 6 miles (10 km) to Clayton. The two highways jointly lead southeast 11 miles (18 km) to Natchez, Mississippi.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,723 people, 1,350 households, and 918 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,220.7 people per square mile (855.6/km²). There were 1,498 housing units at an average density of 893.5 per square mile (344.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 24.09% White, 74.89% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.
There were 1,350 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.7% were married couples living together, 33.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the town, the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 76.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $14,732, and the median income for a family was $18,636. Males had a median income of $23,654 versus $16,725 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,767. About 40.7% of families and 47.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 70.2% of those under age 18 and 25.1% of those age 65 or over.
The Concordia Parish School Board serves Ferriday. Ferriday High School is a light-colored brick structure off LA 15. Its sports teams are known as the Trojans. To the right rear of the high school is the Concordia Parish Library.
In a middle-class residential area of north Ferriday on Jerry Lee Lewis Avenue is the private Huntington High School, first established for all grades in 1970, when schools in the city were desegregated. The Huntington sports teams are known as the Hounds. Former State Representative Bryant Hammett graduated from Huntington in 1974. Former Louisiana Secretary of State Al Ater was a graduate of the founding class. Publisher Sam Hanna was among its first directors. Huntington is now closed and no longer operates.
Founder and head of the board, Craig Jackson, later established Delta Charter School in 2013 in Huntington's buildings.
- Andy Anders, current state representative for Concordia Parish; farm equipment salesman in Ferriday
- Al Ater, former Louisiana Secretary of State
- Campbell Brown, NBC and CNN news correspondent
- James H. "Jim" Brown, Louisiana state senator, Louisiana secretary of state, and state insurance commissioner
- Hyram Copeland, current mayor of Vidalia since 1992; born in Ferriday in 1940
- Noah W. Cross (1908-1976) served as Concordia Parish sheriff from 1944 until 1973, when he resigned after a perjury conviction
- Brenham C. Crothers (1905-1984), state senator from 1948 to 1952 and 1956 to 1960
- Mickey Gilley, country musician and owner of Gilley's Nightclub in Pasadena, Texas
- Troyce Guice of Ferriday and later Natchez, Mississippi, ran for the United States Senate from Louisiana in 1966 and 1996
- Bryant Hammett (born 1956), Ferriday engineer and former state representative
- Sam Hanna, Sr. (1933–2006), publisher of Concordia Sentinel newspaper in Ferriday, Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, and Franklin Sun in Winnsboro
- Dale Houston (1940–2007), whose I'm Leaving It Up To You reached No. 1 in 1963
- Shelby M. Jackson, Louisiana state superintendent of education, 1948-1964; namesake of Louisiana Community College in Ferriday
- Jerry Lee Lewis, rock and roll singer, pianist
- Frank Morris, proprietor of Frank's Shoe Service, murdered by white supremacists in Dec. 1964.
- Rickey L. Nowlin, born in Ferriday, president of Natchitoches Parish government and a Republican former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
- Daniel Wesley "Dan" Richey, former state senator
- Fred L. Schiele (1933–2002), Concordia Parish sheriff from 1973–1980
- Howard K. Smith, CBS and ABC commentator and anchorman; Howard K. Smith: News and Comment (1962–1963)
- Jimmy Lee Swaggart, evangelist
- Steve D. Thompson, state senator for District 32 from 1988 to 1996, has resided in both Winnsboro and Ferriday
- Ann Boyar Warner, Hollywood hostess and wife of Jack L. Warner
- Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker, trombonist born near Newellton in Tensas Parish
Ferriday welcoming sign on LA 15
Large Pentecostal Church in south Ferriday
Ferriday's small First Presbyterian Church, (PC-USA) was founded on May 4, 1924.
The Relax Inn on Highway 15 is Ferriday's only motel.
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- Dundy, Elaine. Ferriday, Louisiana.
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- "Mayor Hyram Copeland". concordiaed.com. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
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