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|Town of Kentwood|
|Motto: "Wonderful Water, Woodlands, and Wildlife" |
|Elevation||225 ft (68.6 m)|
|Area||100.9 sq mi (261.3 km2)|
|- land||10.9 sq mi (28 km2)|
|- water||89.1 sq mi (231 km2), 88.31%|
|Density||318.4/sq mi (122.9/km2)|
|Mayor||Irma Gordon (D)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Website: Town of Kentwood, Louisiana|
Water from Kentwood is bottled and popularly marketed in New Orleans under the Kentwood Springs label. Kentwood is also known as "The Dairy Capital of the South." Kentwood formerly held a dairy parade each November where people sold crafts and miscellaneous items. The festival has not been held for several years due to the shutdown of the dairy plant in the 1970s and the subsequent decline of the town and its economy. Later, the parade and festival were moved to the summer months. Kentwood is best known as the hometown of singer Britney Spears.
This rural town was founded by Amos Kent in 1893.
On August 30, 2012, pressure on a dam on the Tangipahoa River to the north of the town 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 The evacuation order was later rescinded and the dam held.
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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,205 people, 850 households, and 559 families residing in the town. The population density was 318.4 people per square mile (123.0/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 of any race were 0.68% of the population.
There were 850 households out of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the town the population was spread out with 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% who were 65 years of age 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 income for a household in the town was $17,297, and the median income for a family 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)
- Roger Ballard, country music singer-songwriter
- William H. Carter, I, politician, farmer and businessman
- Stacy Head, New Orleans elected official born in nearby Greensburg but associated with Kentwood
- Michael "Mike" Jackson, former National Football League wide receiver
- Bambi Monroe (born Taylor Horn), singer and actress
- Little Brother Montgomery, jazz pianist
- William M. Rainach, member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature from Claiborne Parish, candidate for governor of Louisiana in 1959; born in Kentwood in 1913 as "William Odom"
- Clay Shaw, New Orleans businessman and the only person prosecuted in connection with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was acquitted.
- Ann Alexander Smith, Louisiana educator
- Jackie Smith, National Football League tight end and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Britney Spears, singer, songwriter, producer, and dancer
- Jamie Lynn Spears, actress and singer
- Lynne Spears, author and mother of Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears
- Collis Temple, Jr., first African-American athlete at Louisiana State University
- "Town of Kentwood, Louisiana". Town of Kentwood, Louisiana. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.