Lecompte, Louisiana

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Lecompte, Louisiana
Town of Lecompte
Lecompte Town Hall
Lecompte Town Hall
Location of Lecompte in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Lecompte in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 31°05′41″N 92°24′01″W / 31.09472°N 92.40028°W / 31.09472; -92.40028Coordinates: 31°05′41″N 92°24′01″W / 31.09472°N 92.40028°W / 31.09472; -92.40028
CountryUnited States
 • MayorCraig Phillips (No Party)
 • Total1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Land1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
69 ft (21 m)
 • Total1,227
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,115.71/sq mi (430.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-42800
Lecompte calls itself "The Pie Capital of Louisiana".
Lea's Lunchroom is a popular restaurant in Lecompte.
Red River Bank in Lecompte
Bayou Boeuf in Lecompte

Lecompte (/ləˈknt/) is a town in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is part of the Alexandria, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,227 at the 2010 census.


Lecompte is located at 31°5′28″N 92°24′1″W / 31.09111°N 92.40028°W / 31.09111; -92.40028 (31.091135, -92.400397).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all land.

Major highways[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20181,160[2]−5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,366 people, 516 households, and 330 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,344.8 people per square mile (517.1/km²). There were 586 housing units at an average density of 576.9 per square mile (221.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 24.96% White, 74.30% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 516 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 24.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,708, and the median income for a family was $23,897. Males had a median income of $22,361 versus $15,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,210. About 32.9% of families and 35.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.8% of those under age 18 and 32.6% of those age 65 or over.


The town of Lecompte, Louisiana, was named after a famous race horse owned by the Wells family who lived on a plantation south of the town. The horse's name was LeComte. He won races at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. During the days of the Lecompte High School, the yearbook was named The LeComte with a picture of the horse on the first page. When the railroad company painted a sign for the town on the side of the train depot, a "p" was accidentally added to the name and it has remained there ever since. The horse was named after horse breeder Ambrose LeCompte who lived in the area and was a great lover of fine stock and owner of a fine string of race horses.

LeComte, the horse, was bought by an Englishman for an undisclosed large sum after winning a race, and died during the voyage back to England by catching cold and receiving poor care from the ship's crew.

Notable people[edit]

Shreveport attorney Jackson B. Davis, who served in the Louisiana State Senate from 1956–1980, was born near Lecompte. One of Davis's state Senate colleagues, Cecil R. Blair of Rapides Parish, who served from 1960–1964 and 1966–1976, resided and operated a business in Lecompte.

State Representative Richmond C. Hathorn, in office from 1936 to 1940, resided in Lecompte.

Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Clyde C. Holloway, a resident of nearby Forest Hill, was born in Lecompte in 1943.[6]

Coushatta businessman and philanthropist Edgar Cason, formerly resided in Lecompte.

Jam Downs, the retiring district attorney of the 9th Judicial District Court in Alexandria, resides with his wife, Maureen, in a restored farmhouse in Lecompte.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Barone, Michael; and Ujifusa, Grant. The Almanac of American Politics 1988', p. 503. National Journal, 1987.
  7. ^ "Rick, Markway, "The Prosecutor: District Attorney James Crawford 'Jam' Downs"" (PDF). lwaa.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2013.