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Overview

Introduction to Jennings, Louisiana

Jennings, Louisiana, in Jefferson Davis county, is 33 miles E of Lake Charles, Louisiana and 155 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. About 10,986 people live in Jennings.

Jennings History

Jennings was named in honor of Jennings McComb, a contractor for the Southern Pacific Railroad. A. D. McFarlain first settled in this area in 1881. Sylvester L. Cary arrived on February 7, 1883 and convinced many others to settle in the area. He was also known as the "father" of the town. Anglo farmers from Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska soon settled in Jennings. Jennings was incorporated as a municipality in 1900.

Jennings and nearby Attractions

  • Zigler Museum
  • Telephone Pioneer Museum
  • West End Park
  • Lake Arthur

Things To Do In Jennings

Local parks include West End Park, the War Memorial Park and North Cutting Park. Local museums include the Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance, the Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium, the Children's Museum of Lake Charles and Vermilionville. Local shopping centers include the Jennings Shopping Center and the Jennings Village Shopping Center. The Mardi Gras Festival is celebrated every February.

Jennings Transportation

Chennault International Airport is nearby.

Jennings Higher Education

Louisiana Technical College-Morgan Smith Campus is in Jennings. Other nearby colleges and universities include Lousiana State University-Eunice and the Lousiana Technical College-Acadian Campus.

People

Total Population 10,226
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,860
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 35.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,593
% Above Poverty Level 75.8%
% Below Poverty Level 24.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $528
Median House Value $97,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.9%
US/American 0.3%
English 3.8%
Irish 4.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jennings Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles E of Lake Charles, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 155 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Jefferson Davis
Standard Zip Codes 70546
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.222
Longitude -92.656

Jennings Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station JENNINGS
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 59 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.6 inches
Station CROWLEY 2 NE
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 57 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 81 F
Annual Precip 60.1 inches
Station LAKE ARTHUR 10 SW
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 58 F
Apr Temp 59 to 75 F
Jul Temp 75 to 91 F
Oct Temp 59 to 80 F
Annual Precip 57.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Estherwood 1,025 $48,529
Gueydan 1,559 $51,563
Lake Arthur 2,732 $38,179
Mermentau 696 $48,000
Morse 890 $50,625
Welsh 3,223 $37,476

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jennings Public Libraries

Library
Jefferson Davis Parish Library
118 WEST PLAQUEMINE STREET
Jennings, Louisiana
(337) 824-1210
Library Web Site
Jennings Carnegie Public Library
303 CARY AVENUE
Jennings, Louisiana
(337) 821-5517

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Jennings Hospitals

JENNINGS AMERICAN LEGION HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1634 ELTON ROAD
(337) 824-2490
Emergency Service: Yes

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620 FLORENCE STREET
337-824-0642
Serves 607 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

HATHAWAY HIGH SCHOOL
4040 PINE ISLAND HIGHWAY
337-824-4452
A Title I School.
Serves 489 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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