Location of Mansura in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
|• Mayor||Kenneth Pickett (D)|
|• Total||2.85 sq mi (7.39 km2)|
|• Land||2.85 sq mi (7.39 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||75 ft (23 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||1,422|
|• Density||498.25/sq mi (192.38/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
Mansura is a town in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,419 at the 2010 census. Mansura is home to the Cochon de Lait Festival, and claims to be the Cochon de Lait capital of the world.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,573 people, 599 households, and 410 families residing in the town. The population density was 895.5 people per square mile (345.1/km²). There were 657 housing units at an average density of 374.0 per square mile (144.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 68.21% White, 38.5% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.
There were 599 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.4% were married couples living together, 29.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $16,836, and the median income for a family was $19,612. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $15,972 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,473. About 34.4% of families and 40.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.7% of those under age 18 and 27.6% of those age 65 or over.
- Felix Moncla, U.S. Air Force pilot who disappeared in 1953.
- Johnathin E. Lewis IV, basketball player in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Lewis currently plays for Faith Baptist in Ankeny, Iowa. He was raised in Mansura, Louisiana.
- Vincent Simmons, born and raised in Mansura, is serving a 100-year sentence at Louisiana State Prison for attempted aggravated rape. Supporters are trying to have his case appealed because of problems of due process in the charges and his 1977 trial; exculpatory evidence was withheld by the prosecution. He was one of six men featured in the Academy Award-nominated film The Farm: Angola, USA (1997) and is the sole subject of its successor Shadows of Doubt: Vincent Simmons (2007).
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