Pineville, Louisiana

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Pineville, Louisiana
City of Pineville
Location of Pineville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Pineville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 31°20′20″N 92°24′45″W / 31.33889°N 92.41250°W / 31.33889; -92.41250Coordinates: 31°20′20″N 92°24′45″W / 31.33889°N 92.41250°W / 31.33889; -92.41250
CountryUnited States
 • MayorClarence R. Fields
 • Total13.14 sq mi (34.04 km2)
 • Land12.62 sq mi (32.68 km2)
 • Water0.52 sq mi (1.36 km2)
118 ft (36 m)
 • Total14,384
 • RankRA: 2nd
 • Density1,139.96/sq mi (440.15/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-60530

Pineville is a city in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is located across the Red River from the larger Alexandria. Pineville is hence part of the Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,555 at the 2010 census. It had been 13,829 in 2000; population hence grew by 5 percent over the preceding decade.[2]

The Central Louisiana State Hospital, the Pinecrest Supports and Services Center, the Huey P. Long Memorial Hospital (closed), the Alexandria Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Alexandria National Cemetery are all located in Pineville. The city is also home to several large non-government employers including Baker Manufacturing, Procter & Gamble, Crest Industries, and Dresser Industrial Valve.

Original LSU in Pineville[edit]

Louisiana State University was founded by the Louisiana General Assembly in 1853. It was founded under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy and was located near Pineville. The first academic session began on January 2, 1860, with General William Tecumseh Sherman of Ohio as superintendent.

The academy opened for its fourth session in November 1862 with 112 students. Superintendent William A. Seay found the task of holding the cadets in class hopeless. According to historian John D. Winters of Louisiana Tech University:

The undisciplined young cadets with their enthusiasm for war were a continuous source of trouble. Around April 1, 1863, the cadets decided to close the school. They broke into the kitchen, smashed all the furniture, and seized all the cutlery, dishes, pots and pans, dumping them into the well. Most of the students then went home to volunteer. Professor Seay was able to keep a few students until April 23, when the excitement of the approach of Banks's army caused him to close the school and send the cadets home to fight."[3]


Pineville is located at 31°20′20″N 92°24′45″W / 31.33889°N 92.41250°W / 31.33889; -92.41250 (31.338781, −92.412485).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31.3 km2), of which 11.5 square miles (29.7 km2) is land and 0.6 square mile (1.6 km2) (4.97%) is water.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot and humid summers and mild winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pineville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]

Climate data for Pineville, Louisiana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 59
Average low °F (°C) 38
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.44
Source: Accuweather[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census[edit]

Pineville racial composition[8]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 8,013 55.71%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,753 33.04%
Native American 68 0.47%
Asian 253 1.76%
Pacific Islander 8 0.06%
Other/Mixed 798 5.55%
Hispanic or Latino 491 3.41%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,384 people, 5,065 households, and 3,063 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 13,829 people, 4,994 households, and 3,121 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,204.8 people per square mile (465.1/km2). There were 5,448 housing units at an average density of 474.6 per square mile (183.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.57% White, 26.08% African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

There were 4,994 households, out of which 30.8% had children under the age of eighteen living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,159, and the median income for a family was $37,735. Males had a median income of $30,205 versus $21,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,969. About 14.3% of families and 20.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 19.9% of those age 65 or over.


The former Pineville City Hall building now houses the only museum in Louisiana dedicated to municipal government

Pineville houses two unique museums. The Louisiana Maneuvers Museum provides insight into the huge maneuvers that prepared the United States for World War II and promoted the career of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, known for his organizational skills.

Old Town Hall Museum "is the only museum in the entire state of Louisiana dedicated to municipal government".[10]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center was located on the property of Camp Beauregard and in Pineville.[11][12] It closed in July 2012.[13]

From 1939 to 2014, the former Huey P. Long Medical Center, a state charity hospital named for Governor and U.S. Senator Huey Pierce Long, Jr., operated on Main Street in Pineville. Officials are seeking to have the structure placed into the National Register of Historic Places, under the original name of Huey P. Long Memorial Hospital.[14]

The Curtis-Coleman Memorial Bridge, the replacement for the former O. K. Allen Bridge, named for former Governor Oscar K. Allen, links Alexandria and Pineville across the Red River. The bridge is named for two African-American politicians, former state Representative Israel "Bo" Curtis of Alexandria and Lemon Coleman (1935–2015), the first Black person to serve on the Pineville City Council. Coleman unseated the white incumbent, William George "Willie" Goleman (1899–1976), a fellow Democrat, in the 1974 election in a majority white-voter council district.[15]

National Guard[edit]

Located adjacent to the city is Camp Beauregard. Operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard, it is the headquarters of the 225th Engineer Brigade and is one of the largest engineer units in the US Army.


In 1906, the Southern Baptist–affiliated Louisiana College opened in Pineville. The Rapides Parish School Board operates public schools.

Liquor sales in restaurants[edit]

Until a special election held on October 19, 2013, Pineville had long been a fully dry city, with no alcohol available legally in the community. Voters in the 1980s maintained that stance in a referendum. The late Mayor Fred Baden was particularly known for his opposition to liquor sales. Mayor Clarence Fields, who has held his office since 1999, pushed for another referendum to permit the sale of liquor in restaurants. Nearly four years after Baden's death, the measure was roundly approved by voters in the special election, 1,849 (78 percent) to 515 (22 percent).[16]

Nine restaurants in Pineville had received permits to serve alcohol since January 2014.[17] Fields claims that allowing limited liquor sales, requested by area developers, will boost economic development, particularly along the riverfront.[17] According to Fields, members of the clergy, including city council member Nathan Martin of the Christian Challenge Worship Center in Pineville, did not oppose the call for liquor sales: "We've had a lot of conversations with our religious community, and all of the ministers I have spoken with are favorable.".[18]

The liquor referendum was authored by State Senator Rick Gallot.[19] In the previous referendum in 1981, liquor sales in restaurants had not been one of the options available for consideration.[18] Gallot's Senate Bill 116 allows cities within the population range of 13,500 to 16,500 to call for an election to permit restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages. The Pineville City Council then voted unanimously to place the referendum on the special election ballot.[19]

Notable people[edit]

Pineville gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "2010 Census". Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  3. ^ John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 234
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Pineville, Louisiana
  6. ^ "Pineville Weather". Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ Museums
  11. ^ "Time in Prison." (Archive) Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. 28/40. September 23, 2010.
  12. ^ "J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center Archived 2010-09-24 at the Wayback Machine." Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Retrieved on September 23, 2010.
  13. ^ "J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center." (Archive) Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
  14. ^ "National Register status wanted for Pineville hospital". June 24, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  15. ^ Jeff Matthews (August 18, 2015). "Trailblazer Coleman will surely be missed". Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Rapides: City of Pineville – Permit Alcohol in Restaurants". Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Bigger things to come for Pineville alcohol sales". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Mike Hasten, "House committee OKs Pineville alcohol plan"". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  19. ^ a b "Jeff Matthews, "Pineville residents get October vote on restaurants selling alcohol"". Retrieved June 12, 2013.

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