Minden, Louisiana

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City of Minden
The combined Minden City Hall and Convention Center opened on Broadway Street in 1970.
The combined Minden City Hall and Convention Center opened on Broadway Street in 1970.
Location of Minden in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Minden in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Minden is located in Louisiana
Location of Minden in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Coordinates: 32°37′0″N 93°17′0″W / 32.61667°N 93.28333°W / 32.61667; -93.28333Coordinates: 32°37′0″N 93°17′0″W / 32.61667°N 93.28333°W / 32.61667; -93.28333
Country United States
States Louisiana
 • GovernmentMayor Terry Gardner(R)

Police Chief - Steven Wayne Cropper (I)
City Judge - Charles Sherburne Sentell III (I)
City Council by district:
A - Empty
B - Terika "Reek" Williams (D)
C - Vincen "Cheeze" Bradford (D)
D - Keith Beard (R) (replacing Michael Scott Toland) (R)
E - Pamela T. "Pam" Bloxom (R) (replacing Lawson Benny Gray) (I)

Annual budget - $33.3 million (2018-2019)
 • Total15.16 sq mi (39.26 km2)
 • Land14.99 sq mi (38.82 km2)
 • Water0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Total13,082
 • Estimate 
 • Density839.08/sq mi (323.96/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-50885
WebsiteMinden, Louisiana

Minden is a small city in, and the parish seat of, Webster Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. It is located twenty-eight miles east of Shreveport. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 13,082.


Minden was established in 1836 by Charles Peeter. Native sons include Gene Austin and Louis Dunbar.

The town's name is derived from the German city of Minden.

During the Civil War, a large Confederate encampment was located inside of Minden. It housed about 15,000 Confederate soldiers. The town served as a supply depot for the Confederate Army. Close to thirty Confederate soldiers who died in the Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill are buried in the Old Minden Cemetery.

During the Great Depression, one of the two Minden banks failed and a fire destroyed a major section of the downtown area (1931).

On May 1, 1933, a tornado occurred in the town, destroying 20% of the homes.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.0 km² (12.0 mi²). 30.8 km² (11.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.75% water.[3]


At the 2000 census, there were 13,027 people in 5,166 households, including 3,430 families, in the city.[4] The population density was 423.0/km² (1,095.2/mi²). There were 5,795 housing units at an average density of 188.2/km² (487.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 46.34% White, 52.17% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 5,166 households 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 22.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 30.9% of households were one person and 15.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.

The age distribution was 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.

The median household income was $24,175 and the median family income was $31,477. Males had a median income of $28,401 versus $19,199 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,114. 26.6% of the population and 21.0% of families were below the poverty line. 39.3% of those under the age of 18 and 20.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.



  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.