Introduction to Oakdale, Louisiana

Oakdale, Louisiana, in Allen county, is 52 miles NE of Lake Charles, Louisiana (center to center) and 165 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. There are 8,137 residents in the city.

Oakdale History

The city of Oakdale is in Allen Parish. The city was founded in the year 1890. In the year 1893, when the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad had come to town, the city’s name was changed to Oakdale. It was originally known as Honeycutt which was named after Allen Honeycutt, the great grandfather of Oakdale's resident Sewell Honeycutt. By the year 1905 Oakdale had 500 inhabitants and started to prosper.

Oakdale and nearby Attractions

  • Kisatchie National Forest
  • Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Chicot State Park
  • Museum of West Louisiana
  • Marksville State Historic Site

Things To Do In Oakdale

Tourists can visit the Chicot State Park that has facilities for camping, boating, and swimming. Marksville State Historic Site is another tourist spot where the tourists can visit to know more about the city’s history. Tourists can also explore the green of the Kisatchie National Forest.

Oakdale Transportation

Air transport is available from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Oakdale Higher Education

Higher education can be availed from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana State University, and Louisiana Technical College.


Total Population 7,741
Male Share of the Population 65.1%
Female Share of the Population 34.9%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,917
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 35.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.3%
Median Earnings25+ $23,948
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,688
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,592


Median Family Income $44,573
% Above Poverty Level 75.9%
% Below Poverty Level 24.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 41.2%
Median Gross Rent $405
Median House Value $63,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.1%
Irish 5.7%

Oakdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles NE of Lake Charles, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 165 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Allen
Standard Zip Codes 71463
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.815
Longitude -92.66

Oakdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 60 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.8 inches
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 60 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 66.9 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 61.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Beaver (71463)

Bond (71463)

Ward (71463)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elizabeth 570 $42,019
Glenmora 1,291 $41,286
McNary 144 $41,429
Oberlin 2,069 $46,125
Pine Prairie 1,502 $48,631
Turkey Creek 330 $40,833

Oakdale Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(318) 335-3700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.1

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Serves 24 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.2

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