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Boyce, Louisiana
Town of Boyce
Location of Boyce in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Boyce in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Rapides
 • Total 0.62 sq mi (1.60 km2)
 • Land 0.46 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)
85 ft (26 m)
 • Total 888
 • Density 1,930.43/sq mi (745.97/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-09165

Boyce is a town in northern Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is part of the Alexandria, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,004 at the 2010 census. The community is nearly 75 percent African American.


Originally called Cotile Landing, the name was changed to Boyce in 1880, when the Texas and Pacific Railroad made Boyce its terminal point. The town was named for Judge Henry Boyce, who owned the land on which the town was located. Being of Irish descent, Boyce, and/or his son Henry Archinard Boyce, gave all the streets Irish names as he did his own plantation, Ulster, which was immediately adjacent to the town along Bayou Jeunes des Gens (Jean de Jean). The original incorporation date is not on file.


Boyce is located at 31°23′12″N 92°40′14″W / 31.38667°N 92.67056°W / 31.38667; -92.67056 (31.386778, -92.670577).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), of which 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (8.62%) is water.

A number of small bayous, such as Bayou Jean de Jean and Bayou Helen, are located just outside the town.

An island in the Red River North of the town was created with the straightening of the portion of the river next to the Town by the Army Corps of Engineers. The owners of the Island named it St. Alfred Island, after Alfred Boyce Wettermark, 1916-2010


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 301
1900 832 176.4%
1910 865 4.0%
1920 1,060 22.5%
1930 820 −22.6%
1940 732 −10.7%
1950 981 34.0%
1960 1,094 11.5%
1970 1,240 13.3%
1980 1,198 −3.4%
1990 1,361 13.6%
2000 1,190 −12.6%
2010 1,004 −15.6%
2020 888 −11.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Boyce racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 207 23.31%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 615 69.26%
Native American 6 0.68%
Asian 1 0.11%
Other/Mixed 27 3.04%
Hispanic or Latino 32 3.6%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 888 people, 352 households, and 227 families residing in the town.


Boyce is served by Northwood High School, which opened in 1988, as a new consolidation of the old Boyce Junior High School and the former A. (Alfred) Wettermark High School.

Notable people

  • Henry Boyce, a United States federal judge and member of the Louisiana state legislature. The town of Boyce, adjactent to the land where he cultivated cotton, Ulster, was named for him.
  • Lloyd George Teekell, a state representative from Rapides Parish from 1953 to 1960 and a judge of the 9th Judicial District Court from 1979 to 1990, operated a ranch near Boyce.
  • Jim Willis, a resident of Boyce who pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 1953 and 1954.
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