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Jackson is a town in East Feliciana Parishmarker, Louisianamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 4,130 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Baton Rougemarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Jackson was the location of first the College of Louisiana from 1825 until 1845 and the Methodist-affiliated Centenary Collegemarker from 1845 until 1908, when it relocated to Shreveportmarker.

The parish of Jackson was founded in 1815 as the Seat of Justice for Feliciana Parish before the parish was divided into East and West. The town also served as a major commercial center and as a center for education, earning it the title "Athens of the South". Legend holds that the town was originally called Bear Corners for the many wild black bears crossing nearby Thompson's Creek, and that it eventually took its name from General Andrew Jackson, who reportedly camped there with his troops on a return trip north after the 1815 Battle of New Orleansmarker


Jackson is located at (30.837588, -91.214436) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.574 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.6 km²) of it is land and 0.224% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,130 people, 841 households, and 596 families residing in the town. The population density was 924.2 people per square mile (356.7/km²). There were 992 housing units at an average density of 222.0/sq mi (85.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 46.56% White, 52.30% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

There were 841 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 21.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 15.1% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 44.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 226.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 264.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,455, and the median income for a family was $32,450. Males had a median income of $20,917 versus $17,896 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,039. About 18.7% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.8% of those under age 18 and 20.2% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

The Republic of West Florida historical Museum, Centenary State Historic Site, and Feliciana Cellars Winery are located in Jackson.


Colleges and universities

No colleges or universities are presently located in Jackson.

Primary and secondary schools

East Feliciana Parish School Board serves Jackson.

Schools within Jackson include:

Notable natives and residents


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