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Overview

Introduction to Leesville, Louisiana

Leesville, Louisiana, in Vernon county, is 63 miles N of Lake Charles, Louisiana and 157 miles NE of Houston, Texas.

Leesville History

Leesville was named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The town was originally known as Vernon. The area was known as "Neutral Strip," as it was in dispute between Spain and the United States. The city was founded by Dr. Edmund E. Smart and named by his father, Senator R. Smart. Leesville was incorporated in 1900. It is the parish seat of Vernon Parish, which was founded in 1871.

Leesville and nearby Attractions

  • Kate Chopin House
  • Myrtle Park
  • Leesville Community Recreation Center
  • Museum of West Louisiana
  • North Toledo Bend State Park

Things To Do In Leesville

Local parks include Gilbert Field, Myrtle Park and the North Toledo Bend State Park. North Toledo Bend State Park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking trails, camping and picnicking areas. The Fort Jesup State Historic Site was built in 1822. The city hosts the Mardi Gras Parade every February.

Leesville Transportation

Alexandria International is the closest major airport.

Leesville Higher Education

Louisiana Technical College-Lamar Salter Campus is located in Leesville. Other nearby colleges and universities include Louisiana Technical College-Sabine Valley Campus, McNeese State University and Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,551
Male Share of the Population51%
Female Share of the Population49%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+2,574
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married36%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.4%
Median Earnings25+$25,933
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,475
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,098

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,385
% Above Poverty Level74.5%
% Below Poverty Level25.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone37.2%
Median Gross Rent$744
Median House Value$92,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52.8%
Irish9.9%
German9.6%
French Except Basque5.6%
English5.6%
Italian2.6%
Scottish1.5%
Polish1.3%
Dutch0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Welsh0.5%
African0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Russian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Danishn0.1%
Arab0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Albanian0.1%
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Leesville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Vernon Parish
Standard Zip Codes71446, 71459
P.O. Box Zip Codes71496
Phone Area Codes337
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.13
Approximate Longitude-93.27

Leesville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLEESVILLE
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp37 to 59 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp70 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 80 F
Annual Precip57.7 inches
StationROSEPINE RESEARCH STN
Distance13.4 miles
Jan Temp36 to 59 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp70 to 93 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip59.1 inches
StationBOYCE 3 WNW
Distance36.2 miles
Jan Temp39 to 57 F
Apr Temp56 to 77 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp57 to 79 F
Annual Precip59.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Anacoco1,040$69,145
Florien569$62,500
Hornbeck501$49,250
Rosepine2,122$44,148
Simpson563$86,576

Leesville Public Libraries

Vernon Parish
1401 NOLAN TRACE
Leesville, Louisiana
(337) 239-2027

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Leesville Hospitals

Byrd Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
1020 W Fertitta Blvd
(337) 239-9041
Doctor's Hospital At Deer Creek
(Proprietary)
815 S 10th St
(337) 392-5088
Leesville Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
900 S 6th St
(337) 392-8118
Tri Parish Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
8088 Hawks Rd
(337) 462-8880

Leesville Public Schools

East Leesville Elementary School
203 Belview Road
ZIP: 71446
(337) 239-4966
Primary
Total Enrollment 483
Hicks High School
1296 Hicks School Road
ZIP: 71446
(337) 239-9645
Other
Total Enrollment 367
Leesville High School
502 Berry Avenue
ZIP: 71446
(337) 239-3464
High
Total Enrollment 782
Leesville Junior High School
480 Berry Avenue
ZIP: 71446
(337) 239-3874
Middle
Total Enrollment 398
Pickering Elementary School
116 Lebleu Road
ZIP: 71446
(337) 537-3394
Primary
Total Enrollment 903
Pickering High School
180 Lebleu Road
ZIP: 71446
(337) 537-1555
High
Total Enrollment 630
Vernon Middle School
1410 Nona Street
ZIP: 71446
(337) 238-1505
Middle
Total Enrollment 367
Vernon Parish Optional Program
1100 Abe Allen Memorial Drive
ZIP: 71446
(337) 392-0008
West Leesville Elementary School
1200 Abe Allen Memorial Drive
ZIP: 71446
(337) 239-2330
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
South Polk Elementary School
1665 Louisiana Avenue
ZIP: 71459
(337) 537-8120
Primary
Total Enrollment 459

Leesville Private Schools

Faith Training Christian Academy
603 E Mechanic St
ZIP: 71446
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 352
First Assembly Christian Academy
1201 S 9th St
ZIP: 71446
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
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