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Kentwood, Louisiana

Coordinates: 30°56′10″N 90°30′55″W / 30.93611°N 90.51528°W / 30.93611; -90.51528
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Kentwood, Louisiana
Town of Kentwood
Kentwood residents observe a noontide Day of Prayer in front of the Town Hall in 2015
Kentwood residents observe a noontide Day of Prayer in front of the Town Hall in 2015
"The Foyer of Louisiana"
Location of Kentwood in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Kentwood in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°56′10″N 90°30′55″W / 30.93611°N 90.51528°W / 30.93611; -90.51528
CountryUnited States
 • MayorRochell Bates (D)
 • Total7.11 sq mi (18.42 km2)
 • Land7.11 sq mi (18.42 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
225 ft (69 m)
 • Total2,145
 • Density301.69/sq mi (116.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code985
FIPS code22-39545

Kentwood is a rural town in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States, near the Mississippi state line. The population was 2,198 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area. Kentwood is best known as the hometown of singer Britney Spears.



Amos Kent assisted in laying out the town. The Postmaster named the town in honor of Kent on February 29, 1888.[3]

On August 30, 2012, damage was caused by pressure on the 2,300 foot Percy Quin dam, a dam on the Tangipahoa River north of Kentwood, as a result of Hurricane Isaac, led to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal calling for a mandatory evacuation of the town due to fears of large-scale flooding from Lake Tangipahoa. The evacuation order, which was amended twice, was later rescinded as the dam held. The lake was drawn down so repairs could be made.[4]

The 490 acre Lake Tangipahoa, that opened in 1939 and located six miles south of McComb, Mississippi, was reopened in 2016. Repairs had been completed in 2014 and the lake restocked.[5]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18 km2), of which 6.9 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.14% is water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2020 census

Kentwood racial composition[7]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 414 19.3%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,642 76.55%
Native American 1 0.05%
Asian 4 0.19%
Other/Mixed 60 2.8%
Hispanic or Latino 24 1.12%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,145 people, 771 households, and 421 families residing in the town.

2000 census


At the 2000 census there were 2,205 people, 850 households, and 559 families in the town. The population density was 318.4 inhabitants per square mile (122.9/km2). There were 979 housing units at an average density of 141.4 per square mile (54.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 64.85% African American, 34.42% White, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were 0.68%.[8]

Of the 850 households, 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.6% were married couples living together, 28.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 29.9% of households were one person and 15.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.28.

The age distribution was 29.9% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.7 males.

The median household income was $17,297 and the median family income was $23,889. Males had a median income of $25,583 versus $15,200 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,171. About 29.5% of families and 37.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.2% of those under age 18 and 32.5% of those age 65 or over.



Tangipahoa Parish School Board operates public schools:

  • Kentwood High Magnet School (7-12)
  • O. W. Dillon Memorial Elementary School (K-6)
  • Chesbrough Elementary (K-5)
  • Spring Creek Elementary (K-5)
  • Jewel M. Sumner Middle and High School

Notable people


See also



  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Kentwood LA ZIP Code". zipdatamaps.com. 2023. Retrieved June 16, 2023.
  3. ^ "Kentwood History". Retrieved July 7, 2024.
  4. ^ "Percy Quin's Lake Tangipahoa drained after Tropical Storm Isaac". Retrieved July 7, 2024.
  5. ^ "Lake Tangipahoa (Percy Quin State Park)". Retrieved July 7, 2024.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.