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Elton, Louisiana
Town
Location of Elton in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana
Location of Elton in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson Davis
Area
 • Total 1.66 sq mi (4.30 km2)
 • Land 1.66 sq mi (4.30 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
49 ft (15 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 992
 • Density 597.23/sq mi (230.60/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-23620

Elton is a town in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,128 at the 2010 census, down from 1,261 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Jennings Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The wife of pioneer settler J. M. Henderson is said to have chosen the name Elton for her home town from a book in which she read of an English town named Elton. That was probably the town on the northwest coast of England in County Durham near Middlesbrough. Elton was incorporated as a village in 1911.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 995
1930 742 −25.4%
1940 901 21.4%
1950 1,434 59.2%
1960 1,595 11.2%
1970 1,598 0.2%
1980 1,450 −9.3%
1990 1,277 −11.9%
2000 1,261 −1.3%
2010 1,128 −10.5%
2020 992 −12.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Elton racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 493 49.7%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 369 37.2%
Native American 32 3.23%
Asian 6 0.6%
Other/Mixed 66 6.65%
Hispanic or Latino 26 2.62%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 992 people, 504 households, and 291 families residing in the town.

Education

Jefferson Davis Parish Public Schools operates public schools in Elton. Schools serving Elton, within Elton, include Elton Elementary School (PK-5) and Elton High School (6-12).

Jefferson Davis Parish Library operates the Elton Branch at 813 Main Street.

Notable people

  • Al Woods- American football player for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Leo Thomas, Zydeco drummer and vocalist
  • Leroy Thomas, Zydeco vocalist and musician known as "The Jewel of the Bayou." Son of Leo Thomas
  • Joseph F. Fuselier, first sheriff of Jefferson Davis Parish
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