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Sterlington, Louisiana
Town
Town of Sterlington
Sterlington, LA, welcome sign IMG 2838.JPG
Motto(s): 
You've Made It Home
Location of Sterlington in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Sterlington in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Ouachita
Incorporated 1961
Area
 • Total 2.83 sq mi (7.34 km2)
 • Land 2.83 sq mi (7.34 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
56 ft (17 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,980
 • Density 699.15/sq mi (269.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
71280
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-73255
Sterlington, LA, Memorial Library IMG 2841
Sterlington Memorial Library.
Sterlington High School (LA) IMG 2843
Sterlington High School
Sterlington Panthers Stadium, LA IMG 2842
Sterlington Panthers (formed 1960) play on this field on Friday evenings in the fall.
First Baptist Church, Sterlington, LA IMG 2840
First Baptist Church of Sterlington.

Sterlington is a town in northern Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States, near the boundary with Union Parish. At the 2010 census, the population was 1,594. In the 2018 census estimates, the population rose to 2,724. The current figure tabulation shows Sterlington the fastest-growing community in Northeast Louisiana.

Mayor Vern Breland said the latest census report "confirms what we know in Sterlington: We're poised for massive amounts of growth." Sterlington, which was incorporated in 1961, is expected to reach a population of 5,000 by 2017 because of its public schools and easy access to major employers in Ouachita Parish.

Geography

Sterlington is located at 32°41′36″N 92°3′34″W / 32.69333°N 92.05944°W / 32.69333; -92.05944 (32.693440, -92.059318).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 0.43% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,118
1980 1,400 25.2%
1990 1,140 −18.6%
2000 1,276 11.9%
2010 1,594 24.9%
2020 1,980 24.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Sterlington racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,381 69.75%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 402 20.3%
Asian 18 0.91%
Other/Mixed 98 4.95%
Hispanic or Latino 81 4.09%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,980 people, 926 households, and 726 families residing in the town.

Economy

Since 1930, Sterlington has been home to ANGUS Chemical Company (ANGUS), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, provides approximately 204 full-time and contract jobs to the area. ANGUS has a $20 million annual impact on the local economy, as well as "Contributes more than $50,000 annually to the United Way and other community outreach programs."

Education

Sterlington is part of the Ouachita Parish School System and has one elementary school, A.L. Smith Elementary. As of 2006, A.L. Smith's enrollment was 437, with a student- to-teacher ratio of 17.8. Sterlington Jr. High School and High School are also under the supervision of the Ouachita system.

In 2011, A. L. Smith Elementary became Sterlington Junior High School, when elementary pupils were moved to the new Sterlington Elementary School.

However, residents on the Union Parish side of the Ouachita River are served by the Union Parish School System, and go to either Farmerville Elementary School, Union Parish Sixth Grade Center, Farmerville Junior High School, or Union Parish High School, depending on their grade. All of these schools are located in Farmerville, Louisiana, about 22 miles (about 35 km) northwest.

Notable people

In 2013, Mayor Vern A. Breland, first elected in 2006, was named president of the Louisiana Municipal Association at its annual meeting in Monroe. Founded in 1926, the association is the lobbying group for 303 member municipalities in the state ranging from small villages to the largest cities. Mayor Breland resigned on October 1, 2018. Kerry Elee was named interim mayor by the Board of Aldermen, until the November 6, 2018 election., Former Mayor Vern Breland was subsequently arrested for malfeasance in office on April 12, 2020.

The actor Ed Nelson of the Peyton Place television series relocated with his family to Sterlington from New Orleans in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He subsequently moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was living at the time of his death in 2014 of congestive heart failure.

U.S. Ambassador Edward J. Perkins was born in Sterlington in 1928.

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