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St. Joseph, Louisiana
Town of Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph, LA entrance sign (2013) IMG 7488 1.jpg
Location of St. Joseph in Tensas Parish, Louisiana.
Location of St. Joseph in Tensas Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Tensas
 • Total 0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
 • Land 0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
75 ft (23 m)
 • Total 831
 • Density 933.71/sq mi (360.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-67495

St. Joseph, often called St. Joe, is a town in, and the parish seat of, rural Tensas Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States, in the delta of the Mississippi River. The population was 1,176 at the 2010 census. The town had an African-American majority of 77.4 percent in 2010.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 486
1890 473 −2.7%
1900 717 51.6%
1910 740 3.2%
1920 734 −0.8%
1930 864 17.7%
1940 1,096 26.9%
1950 1,218 11.1%
1960 1,653 35.7%
1970 1,864 12.8%
1980 1,687 −9.5%
1990 1,517 −10.1%
2000 1,340 −11.7%
2010 1,176 −12.2%
2020 831 −29.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
Tensas High School, St. Joseph, LA (revised) IMG 0265
Consolidated Tensas High School in St. Joseph

2020 census

St. Joseph racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 152 18.29%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 641 77.14%
Asian 3 0.36%
Other/Mixed 21 2.53%
Hispanic or Latino 14 1.68%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 831 people, 377 households, and 200 families residing in the town.


Tensas High School, a consolidation of three former schools, Joseph Moore Davidson High School in St. Joseph, Newellton High School in Newellton, and Waterproof High School in Waterproof, began operating in the fall of 2006 on the Davidson campus. The Tensas Parish School Board has attempted to improve educational quality by focusing on one high school for the entire parish, which has the smallest population of any parish in Louisiana. Troubles broke out at the school on November 2, 2006, and fourteen students were arrested by the sheriff's department. Overt tensions thereafter subsided.

In August 1970, Tensas Academy, a private school, opened in St. Joseph during the first semester of school desegregation after the district was ordered to comply with federal courts. It is still operating.

Notable people

  • Daniel F. Ashford (1879-1929), member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1916 until his death; planter, first person in Tensas Parish to own an automobile and a wristwatch.
  • Clifford Cleveland Brooks, cotton planter, owned Botany Bay plantation on Lake Bruin; member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1924 to 1932
  • George Henry Clinton, chemist, lawyer, member of both houses of the legislature from Tensas Parish.
  • Charles C. Cordill (1855-1916), wealthy cotton planter, state senator from 1884 to 1912; Tensas parish judge and police jury president
  • Joseph T. Curry (1895-1961), planter; member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1930 to 1944
  • James E. Paxton (born 1963), St. Joseph lawyer and the district attorney for East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas parishes since 2008
  • Prince McCoy, blues musician. Born in Saint Joseph
  • Robert H. Snyder (died 1906), state representative and Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1904 until his death.

See also

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