Greenwood, Louisiana

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Greenwood, Louisiana
Town
Greenwood Municipal Complex
Greenwood Municipal Complex
Motto: Gateway to Louisiana
Location of Greenwood in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Greenwood in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 32°26′10″N 93°57′50″W / 32.43611°N 93.96389°W / 32.43611; -93.96389Coordinates: 32°26′10″N 93°57′50″W / 32.43611°N 93.96389°W / 32.43611; -93.96389
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Caddo
Founded 1839
Government
Area[1]
 • Total 8.99 sq mi (23.30 km2)
 • Land 8.98 sq mi (23.25 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation 249 ft (76 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,219
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 3,157
 • Density 351.68/sq mi (135.78/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-31705
Website greenwoodla.org

Greenwood is a town in southern Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,219 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 2,458 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is about 165 miles to the east of Dallas, Texas, and about 290 miles to the northwest of New Orleans, Louisiana.

History[edit]

Greenwood was established in 1839. During the Civil War Battle of Mansfield in April 1864, Confederate wounded were treated at the Dunn House, now used as the headquarters of the local chamber of commerce. Several other historic houses in Greenwood, including the Trosper House, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Caddo Parish Sheriff J. Howell Flournoy, who served a record 26 years in office from 1940–1966, was born in Greenwood in 1891.[4]

On March 3, 1964, Owen Dickson Adams (January 13, 1926 – April 18, 2017) of Greenwood and B. F. O'Neal, Jr., of Shreveport, later a state representative, were elected as Republicans to the historically Democratic Caddo Parish Commission, then known as the police jury, equivalent to the county commission in other states.[5] Adams served on the police jury until 1976; O'Neal until 1968, when Adams won his second term and was the only Republican in Caddo Parish that year to win an election.[6] An engineer with Spectra Energy, then known as Texas Eastern, Adams relocated to Houston, Texas. On retirement, he returned to Greenwood and subsequently served twelve years as mayor and three terms on the city council. He died at the age of ninety-one and is interred at Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport.[7]

Geography[edit]

Greenwood is located in western Caddo Parish at 32°26′10″N 93°57′50″W / 32.43611°N 93.96389°W / 32.43611; -93.96389 (32.436051, -93.963902).[8] Greenwood Road (U.S. Routes 80 and 79) is the main route through the center of town. Interstate 20 passes through the northern part of the town, with access from exits 3 and 5. Downtown Shreveport is 15 miles (24 km) to the east, and Waskom, Texas, is 6 miles (10 km) to the west. Carthage, Texas, is 31 miles (50 km) to the southwest down US 79.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Greenwood has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.3 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.19%, is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 212
1980 1,043 392.0%
1990 2,092 100.6%
2000 2,458 17.5%
2010 3,219 31.0%
Est. 2016 3,157 [2] −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,458 people, 964 households, and 701 families residing in the town. The population density was 315.5 people per square mile (121.8/km²). There were 1,036 housing units at an average density of 133.0 per square mile (51.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.01% White, 20.63% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population.

There were 964 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,408, and the median income for a family was $52,955. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $26,622 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,374. About 9.3% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  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 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Greenwood town, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "HistoricalFacts". caddohistory.com. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ Shreveport Journal, March 4, 1964, p. 1.
  6. ^ Shreveport Journal, February 7, 1968, p. 1.
  7. ^ "Owen Adams obituary". The Shreveport Times. April 21, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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