Lake Providence, Louisiana

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Lake Providence, Louisiana

Introduction to Lake Providence, Louisiana

Lake Providence, Louisiana is 58 miles E of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center) and 174 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee. It is in East Carroll county. The population of the town is 5,104.

Lake Providence History

Lake Providence is the parish seat of East Carroll Parish, which was organized in 1877. The African Americans were not allowed to vote in Lake Providence until 1962. It was under a provision stated in the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the District Judge Edwin Ford Hunter, Jr registered around 24 African Americans to vote.

Lake Providence and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Providence Historic District
  • Cairo Museum
  • Louisiana State Cotton Museum
  • Lake Providence Residential Street Historic District

Things To Do In Lake Providence

Louisiana State Cotton Museum and Cairo Museum attract a number of history and museum lovers. There are parks that come with various recreational facilities. One can also visit the Lake Providence Historic District as well as the Lake Providence Residential Street Historic District. The tourists can also enjoy a walk by the Mississippi river.

Lake Providence Transportation

The nearest airport is the Mid Delta Regional Airport.

Lake Providence Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Delta State University, Mississippi College, Hinds Community College, and University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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High Points

Lake Providence strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Louisiana):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Lake Providence Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Lake Providence Affordability of Property Taxes
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 10% Lake Providence Short Commute Times
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 10% Lake Providence Public Transportation Use
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 13% Lake Providence Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 16% Lake Providence College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Lake Providence, Louisiana

Comparing Lake Providence to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Louisiana (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Racial Diversity 6 3
Senior Citizens 3 3
Male Share of the Population 3 5
Age of the Population 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 10
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 4 9
Median Family Income 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 10
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Public Transportation Use 7 10
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 9
People Living Alone 7 7
Housing Recently Built 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 9
Low Violent Crime 2 5

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Lake Providence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles E of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 174 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee
County East Carroll
Standard Zip Codes 71254
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.804
Longitude -91.17

Lake Providence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 52 F
Apr Temp 53 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 77 F
Annual Precip 59.1 inches
Station ONWARD
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 54 F
Apr Temp 53 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 57.8 inches
Distance 36.5 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 59 F
Apr Temp 52 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 57.9 inches
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Lake Providence Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,104 100%
Male 2,401 47%
Female 2,703 53%
Under 18 1,800 35.3%
18+ 3,304 64.7%
65+ 571 11.2%
Median Age 27.9
Average Family Size 3.49
White 1,001 19.6%
African-American 4,058 79.5%
Asian 11 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.2%
Other 8 0.2%
Mixed Race 17 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 35 0.7%

Estimated Lake Providence Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 4,584
Growth -520
Growth % -10.2%

Lake Providence Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.6%
US/American 8.2%
English 3%
African 2%
Irish 1.9%
German 1.8%
Arab/Arabic 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Dutch 0.3%
European 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lake Providence, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Gassoway (71254)
Hollybrook (71254)
Millikin (71254)
Shelburn (71254)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lake Providence 5,104 $20,139
Epps 1,153 $23,125
Forest 275 $36,875
Kilbourne 436 $34,250
Oak Grove 2,174 $20,729
Pioneer 171 $19,375

Lake Providence Public Libraries

East Carroll Parish Library
Lake Providence, Louisiana
(318) 559-2615
Library Web Site

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Lake Providence Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(318) 559-4023
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lake Providence High Schools (2004)

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Serves 333 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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A Title I School.
Serves 152 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.2

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