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Greensburg, Louisiana
Town of Greensburg
Location of Greensburg in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Greensburg in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. Helena
 • Total 2.52 sq mi (6.54 km2)
 • Land 2.52 sq mi (6.52 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
220 ft (70 m)
 • Total 718
 • Estimate 
 • Density 258.83/sq mi (99.95/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 225
FIPS code 22-31565

Greensburg is a town in, and the parish seat of, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 718 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Greensburg is one of the oldest towns in Louisiana. It has two 19th-century properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the old land office and the old parish jail.

During the American Civil War, Union General Albert Lindley Lee left Baton Rouge with a division of cavalry on October 5, 1864, and raided Greensburg, where his men destroyed a tannery containing two thousand sides of leather. He also seized a large supply of quinine.


Greensburg is located at 30°49′41″N 90°40′9″W / 30.82806°N 90.66917°W / 30.82806; -90.66917 (30.827953, -90.669302).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), of which 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) is land and 0.40% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 160
1880 297 85.6%
1890 280 −5.7%
1900 315 12.5%
1910 268 −14.9%
1920 286 6.7%
1930 262 −8.4%
1940 389 48.5%
1950 423 8.7%
1960 512 21.0%
1970 652 27.3%
1980 662 1.5%
1990 583 −11.9%
2000 631 8.2%
2010 718 13.8%
2019 (est.) 652 −9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 631 people, 242 households, and 150 families residing in the town. The population density was 250.6 people per square mile (96.7/km2). There were 275 housing units at an average density of 109.2 per square mile (42.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 66.72% White, 32.96% African American, 0.16% Asian, and 0.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 242 households, out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,625, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $19,861 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,083. About 26.0% of families and 27.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.3% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Greensburg has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Greensburg and all of St. Helena Parish are served by the St. Helena Parish School System. Zoned campuses include St. Helena Early Learning Center Elementary (Grades PK-2), St. Helena Art and Technology Academy (Grades 3-6), and St. Helena College and Career Academy (Grades 7-12).

Notable people

  • The parents of actor and director Tyler Perry are from Greensburg. In their honor, Perry made Greensburg the birthplace of his most famous character, Madea.
  • Stacy Aline Singleton Head, Democratic member of the New Orleans City Council, reared in Greensburg
  • Doris Lindsey Holland Rhodes, first woman to serve in the Louisiana Legislature, born and lived in Greensburg.
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