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Kentwood, Louisiana
Town of Kentwood
Kentwood residents observe a noontide Day of Prayer in front of the Town Hall in 2015
Kentwood residents observe a noontide Day of Prayer in front of the Town Hall in 2015
Motto(s): 
"The Foyer of Louisiana"
Location of Kentwood in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Kentwood in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Tangipahoa
Founded 1893
Area
 • Total 7.11 sq mi (18.42 km2)
 • Land 7.11 sq mi (18.42 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
225 ft (69 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,145
 • Density 301.69/sq mi (116.48/km2)
Time zone UTC−06:00 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
Area code(s) 985
FIPS code 22-39545

Kentwood is a rural town in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States, near the Mississippi state line. The population was 2,198 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area. Kentwood is best known as the hometown of singer Britney Spears.

History

This rural town was founded by Amos Kent in 1893.

On August 30, 2012, pressure on a dam on the Tangipahoa River to the north of the town as a result of Hurricane Isaac led to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal calling for a mandatory evacuation of the town due to fears of large-scale flooding from Lake Tangipahoa. The evacuation order was later rescinded and the dam held.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18 km2), of which 6.9 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.14% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,313
1910 3,609 174.9%
1920 3,059 −15.2%
1930 1,726 −43.6%
1940 1,854 7.4%
1950 2,417 30.4%
1960 2,607 7.9%
1970 2,736 4.9%
1980 2,667 −2.5%
1990 2,468 −7.5%
2000 2,205 −10.7%
2010 2,198 −0.3%
2020 2,145 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Kentwood racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 414 19.3%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,642 76.55%
Native American 1 0.05%
Asian 4 0.19%
Other/Mixed 60 2.8%
Hispanic or Latino 24 1.12%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,145 people, 771 households, and 421 families residing in the town.

Education

Tangipahoa Parish School Board operates public schools:

  • Kentwood High Magnet School (7-12)
  • O. W. Dillon Memorial Elementary School (K-6)
  • Chesbrough Elementary (K-5)
  • Spring Creek Elementary (K-5)
  • Jewel M. Sumner Middle and High School

Notable people

  • Roger Ballard, country music singer-songwriter
  • Stacy Head (born 1969), New Orleans elected official born in nearby Greensburg but associated with Kentwood
  • Michael "Mike" Jackson (1969–2017), former National Football League wide receiver
  • Little Brother Montgomery (1906–85), jazz pianist
  • Ann Alexander Smith, Louisiana educator
  • Jackie Smith (born 1940), National Football League tight end and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Britney Spears (born 1981), singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • Bryan Spears (born 1977), film and television producer
  • Jamie Lynn Spears (born 1991), actress and singer
  • Lynne Spears (born 1955), author and mother of Bryan, Britney, and Jamie Lynn Spears
  • James Parnell Spears (born 1952), father of Bryan, Britney, and Jamie Lynn Spears
  • Collis Temple (born 1952), first African-American athlete at Louisiana State University
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