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Campti, Louisiana
Natchitoches Parish Library Campti Branch.jpg
Natchitoches Parish Library off Hwy 71/84
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Natchitoches
Elevation 128 ft (39 m)
Coordinates 31°53′44″N 93°06′50″W / 31.89556°N 93.11389°W / 31.89556; -93.11389
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km²)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 1,057 (2000)
Density 1,080.2 /sq mi (417.1 /km²)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 71411
Area code 318

Campti is a small town in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,057 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area. Campti is a flat area of mostly farmland. It sets on the eastern bank of the Red River. Considerable cattle are also raised in the general area.

Lakeview Junior and Senior High School, a modern consolidated school structure housing pre-kindergarten and grades nine through twelve, is located east of Campti on Louisiana Highway 9. The school is 55 percent white in enrollment, but Campti itself is some 75 percent African American in population. Students from as far north as Ashland attend Lakeview.

During the American Civil War, Union General A.J. Smith, with two brigades, reached Campti to assist Admiral David Dixon Porter's trapped gunboats on the Red River there. Smith and his men burned Campti, which then contained only a few buildings and houses. The gunboats were returned safely upriver to Grand Ecore in Natchitoches Parish.


Tradition maintains that the name "Campti" was derived from the name of a Caddo Indian Chief "Le Roi Campti" (The King Campti). Church records in Natchitoches show that Father Valentin visited the community of Campti around 1745, and this was the first written record of Campti's existence during the French Louisiana.


Campti is located at 31°53′44″N 93°6′50″W / 31.89556°N 93.11389°W / 31.89556; -93.11389 (31.895511, -93.113966).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 101
1890 310 206.9%
1910 664
1920 670 0.9%
1930 999 49.1%
1940 1,004 0.5%
1950 1,014 1.0%
1960 1,045 3.1%
1970 1,078 3.2%
1980 1,069 −0.8%
1990 929 −13.1%
2000 1,057 13.8%
2010 1,056 −0.1%
Est. 2015 1,044 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,057 people, 385 households, and 269 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,080.2 people per square mile (416.4/km²). There were 462 housing units at an average density of 472.1 per square mile (182.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 24.88% White, 74.46% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.28% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 385 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.4% were married couples living together, 35.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the town, the population was spread out with 38.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $14,844, and the median income for a family was $15,781. Males had a median income of $25,750 versus $14,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $7,219. About 47.3% of families and 45.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.9% of those under age 18 and 33.0% of those age 65 or over.

In 2010, Campti had the eighth-lowest median household income of all places in the United States with a population over 1,000.

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