Quitman, Louisiana

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Village of Quitman
Front view, Jimmie Davis Tabernacle IMG 5804.JPG
The Jimmie Davis Tabernacle is located east of Quitman.
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jackson
Elevation 194 ft (59.1 m)
Coordinates 32°20′48″N 92°43′21″W / 32.34667°N 92.72250°W / 32.34667; -92.72250Coordinates: 32°20′48″N 92°43′21″W / 32.34667°N 92.72250°W / 32.34667; -92.72250
Area 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 - land 0.9 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 168 (2000)
Density 180.3 / sq mi (69.6 / km2)
Mayor Joe Vail (D)[1][2]
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Quitman in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Quitman is a village in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 168. Quitman is 15 miles (24 km) south of Ruston on U.S. Highway 167, and 9 miles (14 km) north of Jonesboro, the parish seat of Jackson Parish. It is also adjacent to the Jackson Bienville Wildlife Area.

Quitman is part of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area.

East of Quitman is the Jimmie Davis Tabernacle, a gospel meeting hall. Behind the tabernacle are the grave sites of former Governor Jimmie Davis and his first wife, the former Alvern Adams. Davis was born and reared in the area in the abandoned Beech Springs community.


Quitman is located at 32°20′48″N 92°43′21″W / 32.34667°N 92.72250°W / 32.34667; -92.72250 (32.346643, -92.722548).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all land.


The internet access available is dial-up or satellite service. DSL from AT&T was added in January 2010 for many residents.


The Quitman High School is a public K-12 academic school. Classified by the LHSAA as a Class B school. The mascot is the Wolverine. The Wolverines have won five state basketball championships and seventeen softball championships


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 168 people, 69 households, and 48 families residing in the village. The population density was 180.3 inhabitants per square mile (69.7/km²). There were 76 housing units at an average density of 81.6 per square mile (31.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.40% White and 0.60% African American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 69 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $39,167, and the median income for a family was $39,583. Males had a median income of $36,875 versus $17,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,182. About 11.8% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 6.5% of those sixty five or over.


  • Quitman High School

Notable people[edit]

  • Stuart David Toms (born 1941) played basketball from 1960 to 1963 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe under Coach Lenny Fant. In 1995, Toms was inducted into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. He is the retired pastor of the Sweetwater Baptist Church in Quitman.[5]
  • Lloyd and Evelyn Collins, one of Louisiana's longest living married couples. The Collins' were married on August 11, 1934 (80 years, 323 days). Lloyd was 22 and Evelyn was 21.[6]


  1. ^ Mayor Joe Vail is listed among the state and local officials who have endorsed the reelection in 2014 of Democrat U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.
  2. ^ "Landrieu’s GOP Endorsements Pale In Comparison To 2008 Election". thehayride.com. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductees". lhsaa.org. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ Grant, Tim (21 February 2012). "Louisiana Family Forum 2012 Longest Married Hall of Fame". Louisiana Family Forum. Retrieved 19 August 2014.