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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,180
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens17.2%
Employed Population 16+3,802
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married36.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.8%
Median Earnings25+$26,299
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,148
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,182

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,342
% Above Poverty Level76.1%
% Below Poverty Level23.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone34.1%
Median Gross Rent$541
Median House Value$98,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.4%
French Except Basque25.1%
Canadian9%
German7%
Irish4.5%
English3.2%
Italian0.9%
Swedish0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Scottish0.4%
African0.3%
US/American0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Arab0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Jennings Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson Davis Parish
Standard Zip Codes70546
Phone Area Codes337
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.22
Approximate Longitude-92.65

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)

StationJENNINGS
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp41 to 59 F
Apr Temp56 to 77 F
Jul Temp73 to 91 F
Oct Temp58 to 80 F
Annual Precip60.6 inches
StationCROWLEY 2 NE
Distance17.5 miles
Jan Temp40 to 60 F
Apr Temp57 to 78 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp57 to 81 F
Annual Precip60.1 inches
StationLAKE ARTHUR 10 SW
Distance17.6 miles
Jan Temp40 to 58 F
Apr Temp59 to 75 F
Jul Temp75 to 91 F
Oct Temp59 to 80 F
Annual Precip57.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Estherwood956$52,031
Gueydan1,459$51,429
Lake Arthur2,742$38,125
Mermentau694$43,676
Morse938$45,789
Welsh3,220$37,366

Jennings Public Libraries

Jennings Carnegie Public
303 CARY AVENUE
Jennings, Louisiana
(337) 821-5517

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Jennings Hospitals

Rehabilitation Hospital Of Jennings
(Government - State)
1 Hospital Dr Ste 101
(337) 821-5353
Westend Hospital
1530 Highway 90 West
(337) 616-8122
Jennings American Legion Hospital
(Non-profit)
1634 Elton Rd
(337) 616-7000
Jennings Senior Care Hospital
1 Hospital Drive
(337) 785-8003

Jennings Public Schools

Hathaway High School
4040 Pine Island Highway
ZIP: 70546
(337) 824-4452
Other
Total Enrollment 480
Jennings Elementary School
620 Florence Street
ZIP: 70546
(337) 824-4972
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Jennings High School
2310 N Sherman Street
ZIP: 70546
(337) 824-0642
High
Total Enrollment 880
Ward Elementary School
208 East Shankland Avenue
ZIP: 70546
(337) 824-1235
Primary
Total Enrollment 537

Jennings Private Schools

Bethel Christian School
15147 Highway 102
ZIP: 70546
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 186
Our Lady Immaculate School
600 Roberts Ave
ZIP: 70546
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
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