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Jonesville, Louisiana

Troyville
Town
Nickname(s): 
Bucktown
Location of Jonesville in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Jonesville in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Catahoula
Area
 • Total 1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)
 • Land 1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
59 ft (18 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,728
 • Density 900.00/sq mi (347.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-38775

Jonesville is the largest town in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States, at the confluence of the Ouachita, Tensas, and Little rivers. The three rivers become the Black River at Jonesville.

The Jonesville population was 2,265 at the 2010 census.

The four rivers which intersect near Jonesville are all subject to flooding. There are surrounding soybean and cotton fields. A few plantation houses still stand, built during the former slavery-based, planter-dominated economy. The population fell significantly when a textile mill shut down in the late 1980s.

Geography

Jonesville is located at 31°37′30″N 91°49′35″W / 31.62500°N 91.82639°W / 31.62500; -91.82639 (31.624934, −91.826339). Its northern border is formed by the Little River, while its eastern border is formed by the Black River. The confluence of the Ouachita and Tensas rivers to form the Black River is 0.4 miles (0.64 km) north of the town limits. Concordia Parish is to the east across the Black River.

U.S. Route 84 passes through the town as 4th Street and leads east 16 miles (26 km) to Ferriday and west 23 miles (37 km) to Jena. Louisiana State Highway 124 leads north 10 miles (16 km) to Harrisonburg, the Catahoula Parish seat, and south 24 miles (39 km) to its end in Argo.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Jonesville has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 90
1890 172 91.1%
1910 287
1920 1,029 258.5%
1930 1,123 9.1%
1940 2,080 85.2%
1950 1,954 −6.1%
1960 2,347 20.1%
1970 2,761 17.6%
1980 2,828 2.4%
1990 2,720 −3.8%
2000 2,469 −9.2%
2010 2,265 −8.3%
2020 1,728 −23.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Jonesville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 357 20.66%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,303 75.41%
Native American 4 0.23%
Asian 2 0.12%
Pacific Islander 1 0.06%
Other/Mixed 35 2.03%
Hispanic or Latino 26 1.5%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,728 people, 703 households, and 386 families residing in the town.

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Climate

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

Notable people

  • William B. Atkins, former member of both houses of the Louisiana legislature; Jonesville resident

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  • Tommy McLain, singer-songwriter, musician and Swamp-Pop star, born in Jonesville, March 15, 1940.
  • Chris Shivers, champion rodeo performer, resides with his family on Jonesville
  • Jack C. Watson, lawyer and judge, born in Jonesville

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