Gilbert, Louisiana

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Gilbert, Louisiana
Gilbert City Hall and Police Department
Gilbert City Hall and Police Department
Location of Gilbert in Franklin Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Gilbert in Franklin Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 32°02′59″N 91°39′36″W / 32.04972°N 91.66000°W / 32.04972; -91.66000Coordinates: 32°02′59″N 91°39′36″W / 32.04972°N 91.66000°W / 32.04972; -91.66000
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.07 sq mi (2.76 km2)
 • Land1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
75 ft (23 m)
 • Total521
 • Estimate 
 • Density538.61/sq mi (208.05/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-28940

Gilbert is a village in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 521 at the 2010 census.[3]

Gilbert welcome sign
First Baptist Church in Gilbert


Gilbert is named for one of the early families of Franklin Parish.[citation needed] One of their descendants was Louisiana state legislator J.C. "Sonny" Gilbert, of Sicily Island in neighboring Catahoula Parish.

The Gilbert welcome sign describes the village as the home of U.S. Lieutenant General Claire Chennault.[4]


Gilbert is located in southern Franklin Parish at 32°2′59″N 91°39′36″W / 32.04972°N 91.66000°W / 32.04972; -91.66000 (32.049677, -91.660109),[5] along U.S. Route 425, which leads north 9.5 miles (15.3 km) to Winnsboro, the parish seat, and south 14 miles (23 km) to Sicily Island.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village of Gilbert has a total area of 0.96 square miles (2.49 km2), of which 0.94 square miles (2.44 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 1.77%, is water.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016565[2]8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 561 people, 207 households, and 150 families residing in the village. The population density was 573.5 inhabitants per square mile (221.0/km²). There were 231 housing units at an average density of 236.2 per square mile (91.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 62.21% White, 35.83% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.25% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.

There were 207 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the village, the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $24,297, and the median income for a family was $26,667. Males had a median income of $24,000 versus $14,531 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,270. About 21.7% of families and 22.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.0% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gilbert has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]

Notable people

  • Claire Lee Chennault (1893–1958), a lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. Chennault was born in Commerce, Texas, but spent his childhood in Gilbert and Franklin Parish.[9]
  • J. C. "Sonny" Gilbert (1922–2014), a Louisiana state legislator; Gilbert is interred at Oakley Cemetery in Gilbert.[10]
  • Dr. Willie L. Wilson (born 1948), businessman; in 2015, he unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Chicago.[11] Wilson sponsors and hosts Singsation, a nationally-syndicated gospel entertainment television show.[11][12]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Gilbert village, Louisiana". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "General Chennault's granddaughter to speak at MAYDAZE ceremony". Hanna Newspapers. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Gilbert, Louisiana
  9. ^ Breard, Sylvester (2011-11-17). Early History of Monroe. Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN 9781455616893.
  10. ^ "J.C. "Sonny" Gilbert | Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  11. ^ a b Pearson, David Heinzmann, Rick. "Willie Wilson selling up-by-the-bootstraps story in Chicago mayor race". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  12. ^ "Willie Wilson biography". Retrieved 2018-02-28.

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