Fort Polk South, Louisiana

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Population in 2010: 9,038. Population change since 2000: -17.8%
Males: 5,430  (60.1%)
Females: 3,608  (39.9%)
Median resident age:  21.8 years
Louisiana median age:  36.0 years

Zip codes: 71459.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,268 (it was $32,993 in 2000)
Fort Polk South:

$45,268
LA:

$44,164

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $16,385 (it was $12,176 in 2000)

Fort Polk South CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $63,908 (it was $39,300 in 2000)
Fort Polk South:

$63,908
LA:

$140,300

Median gross rent in 2013: $978.

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  • Races in Fort Polk South, LA (2013)

    Fort Polk South races chart
    • 6,14562.8%White alone
    • 2,09521.4%Hispanic
    • 1,08411.1%Black alone
    • 4624.7%Two or more races
    • 1161.2%Asian alone
    • 260.3%American Indian alone

Races in Fort Polk South detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Fort Polk South: 86.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (15.1%), Irish (12.7%), English (6.5%), Italian (4.7%), French (4.1%), Subsaharan African (2.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 6.16 square miles.

Population density: 1,467 people per square mile   (low).

Fort Polk South, Louisiana map

For population 25 years and over in Fort Polk South:

  • High school or higher: 99.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 29.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.2%
  • Unemployed: 18.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 11.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fort Polk South CDP:

  • Never married: 35.2%
  • Now married: 58.5%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 0.3%
  • Divorced: 4.5%

418 residents are foreign born (1.5% Asia, 1.2% Latin America, 0.6% Europe).

This place:

4.3%
Louisiana:

3.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Fort Polk South CDP:  2.8% ($1,114)
Louisiana:  0.3% ($199)

Fort Polk South satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lake Charles, LA (57.6 miles , pop. 71,757).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Shreveport, LA (103.7 miles , pop. 200,145).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (157.1 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Fort Polk North, LA (2.2 miles ), New Llano, LA (2.5 miles ), Leesville, LA (2.8 miles ), Rosepine, LA (3.1 miles ), De Ridder, LA (3.8 miles ), Anacoco, LA (4.0 miles ), Pitkin, LA (4.2 miles ), Simpson, LA (4.3 miles ).

Latitude: 31.05 N, Longitude: 93.21 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -3,444 (-35.2%)
Workers who live and work in this place: 908 (20.2%)

Fort Polk South household income distribution Fort Polk South home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.4%
Louisiana:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (58%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Retail trade (2%)
  • Public administration (34%)
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (16%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (15%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (15%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (11%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (41%)
  • Sales and related occupations (22%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (4%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (4%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (3%)

Work and jobs in Fort Polk South: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Fort Polk South, Louisiana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Fort Polk South-area historical tornado activity is near Louisiana state average. It is 51% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/3/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 9.7 miles away from the Fort Polk South place center killed 9 people and injured 50 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/1/1967, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 30.4 miles away from the place center injured 2 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Fort Polk South-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Louisiana state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 286.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 291.0 miles away from Fort Polk South center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 293.6 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 358.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 351.8 miles away from Fort Polk South center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi) earthquake occurred 519.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Vernon Parish (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 7, Storms: 4, Floods: 3, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Freeze: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fort Polk South topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Fort Polk South:

  • THOMPSON HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; LEESVILLE, LA)
  • VISIONS GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 7 miles away; LEESVILLE, LA)
  • DOCTORS HOSPITAL AT DEER CREEK LLC Acute Care Hospitals (about 7 miles away; LEESVILLE, LA)
  • BYRD REGIONAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 8 miles away; LEESVILLE, LA)
  • HOSPICE OF LEESVILLE (Hospital, about 8 miles away; LEESVILLE, LA)
  • JOHN C HEARD COMMUNITY HOME (Hospital, about 8 miles away; LEESVILLE, LA)
  • WHISPERING PINES COMMUNITY HOM (Hospital, about 9 miles away; LEESVILLE, LA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fort Polk South:

  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana (about 50 miles; Natchitoches, LA; Full-time enrollment: 7,700)
  • SOWELA Technical Community College (about 58 miles; Lake Charles, LA; FT enrollment: 2,160)
  • McNeese State University (about 60 miles; Lake Charles, LA; FT enrollment: 7,444)
  • Lamar Institute of Technology (about 87 miles; Beaumont, TX; FT enrollment: 2,023)
  • Lamar University (about 87 miles; Beaumont, TX; FT enrollment: 13,658)
  • Stephen F Austin State University (about 90 miles; Nacogdoches, TX; FT enrollment: 11,542)
  • South Louisiana Community College (about 90 miles; Lafayette, LA; FT enrollment: 2,519)

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Notable locations in Fort Polk South: Cummins Gym (A), Fort Polk Library (B), Fort Polk Military Museum (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Fort Polk South: La Louisiane Recreation Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Vernon Parish has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 9.4%
(11.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.3% for Black residents, 5.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 37.1% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This place:  3.5 people
Louisiana:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  87.7%
Whole state:  67.1%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  0.8%
Whole state:  6.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
1,937 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary) in 2010
2,772 people in military barracks, etc. in 2000
12 people in wards in military hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere in 2000

Fort Polk South compared to Louisiana state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.3
Louisiana average:

12.2

Fort Polk South travel time to work - commute Fort Polk South mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (91%)
  • Utility gas (8%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Fort Polk South CDP (based on Vernon Parish data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant21,93187
Black Protestant3,5515
Other1,6154
Mainline Protestant8529
Catholic7821
None23,603-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Vernon Parish:

1.05 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
Vernon Parish:

1.26 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

1.29 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 22
Vernon Parish:

4.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 19
Here:

4.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.92 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.3%
Louisiana:

10.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Vernon Parish:

31.2%
Louisiana:

29.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.9%
State:

13.7%

15.46% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,196 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

15.46%
Louisiana average:

6.57%

1.10% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,529 average AGI)
Vernon Parish:

1.10%
Louisiana average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Beauregard Parish, LA  0.91% ($34,572 average AGI)
from Bell County, TX  0.44% ($43,158)
from Rapides Parish, LA  0.39% ($34,134)


17.99% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,520 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

17.99%
Louisiana average:

6.57%

1.17% of residents moved to foreign countries ($2,324 average AGI)
Vernon Parish:

1.17%
Louisiana average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Beauregard Parish, LA  0.98% ($38,406 average AGI)
to Honolulu County, HI  0.39% ($35,529)
to Cumberland County, NC  0.38% ($43,391)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fort Polk South:

  • KLLA (1570 AM; 1 kW; LEESVILLE, LA; Owner: PENE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KDLA (1010 AM; 1 kW; DE RIDDER, LA; Owner: WILLIS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KEEL (710 AM; 50 kW; SHREVEPORT, LA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTRH (740 AM; 50 kW; HOUSTON, TX; Owner: AMFM TEXAS LICENSES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KWDF (840 AM; daytime; 8 kW; BALL, LA; Owner: BALL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KJMJ (580 AM; 5 kW; ALEXANDRIA, LA; Owner: RADIO MARIA, INC.)
  • KWKH (1130 AM; 50 kW; SHREVEPORT, LA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KGOL (1180 AM; 50 kW; HUMBLE, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KTXJ (1350 AM; 5 kW; JASPER, TX; Owner: LASTING VALUE RADIO, INC.)
  • KLVI (560 AM; 5 kW; BEAUMONT, TX; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WWL (870 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS LICENSE, LLC)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • KLCL (1470 AM; 5 kW; LAKE CHARLES, LA; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fort Polk South:

  • KUMX (106.7 FM; NORTH FORT POLK, LA; Owner: WEST CENTRAL BROADCASTING CO., INC)
  • KROK (95.7 FM; SOUTH FORT POLK, LA; Owner: WEST CENTRAL BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KVVP (105.7 FM; LEESVILLE, LA; Owner: STANNARD BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KJAE (93.5 FM; LEESVILLE, LA; Owner: PENE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KZMZ (96.9 FM; ALEXANDRIA, LA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBXG (99.5 FM; LAKE CHARLES, LA; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRRV-FM (100.3 FM; ALEXANDRIA, LA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KNUF (92.1 FM; DE RIDDER, LA; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KKST (98.7 FM; OAKDALE, LA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KQLK (97.9 FM; DE RIDDER, LA; Owner: PITTMAN BROADCASTING SERVICES, LLC)
  • KYLC (90.3 FM; LAKE CHARLES, LA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Fort Polk South:

  • K51FO (Channel 51; LEESVILLE, LA; Owner: WHITE KNIGHT B/CING. OF NATCHEZ LICENSE CORP.)
  • KPLC (Channel 7; LAKE CHARLES, LA; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • KALB-TV (Channel 5; ALEXANDRIA, LA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K60GE (Channel 60; ALEXANDRIA, LA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K61GO (Channel 61; HICKS, LA; Owner: WHITE KNIGHT B/CING. OF NATCHEZ LICENSE CORP.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 3m10ftTotal length
  • 3,000Total average daily traffic
  • 90Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,800Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic

Fort Polk South on our top lists:

  • #34 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of renters (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 100 cities with youngest residents (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 100 cities with the largest percentage of males (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #8 (71459) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of returns reporting salary or wage in 2004 (pop 5,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2006"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2006"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2005 and 2006 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006 (pop. 50,000+)"
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