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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.

People

Total Population 6,608
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,688
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 38.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $26,852
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,699
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,015

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,038
% Above Poverty Level 77.4%
% Below Poverty Level 22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.6%
Median Gross Rent $732
Median House Value $91,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.4%
Irish 9.3%

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

Leesville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 63 miles N of Lake Charles, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 157 miles NE of Houston, Texas
County Vernon
Standard Zip Codes 71446, 71459
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71496
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.143
Longitude -93.26

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)

Station LEESVILLE
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 59 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 80 F
Annual Precip 57.7 inches
Station ROSEPINE RESEARCH STN
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 59 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 59.1 inches
Station BOYCE 3 WNW
Distance 36.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 57 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 79 F
Annual Precip 59.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Coopers (71446)

Dogwood Terrace (71459)

Fort Polk (71459)

Hawthorne (71446)

Hicks (71446)

Pickering (71446)

Sandy Hill (71446)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anacoco 1,046 $68,929
Florien 420 $43,750
Hornbeck 424 $41,000
Rosepine 1,979 $40,625
Simpson 706 $86,750

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

Leesville Public Libraries

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

BYRD REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1020 FERTITTA BLVD
(337) 239-9041
Emergency Service: Yes

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Leesville High Schools

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LEESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
502 BERRY AVENUE
337-239-3464
Serves 938 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

PICKERING HIGH SCHOOL
180 LEBLEU ROAD
337-537-1555
Serves 509 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

HICKS HIGH SCHOOL
1296 HICKS SCHOOL ROAD
337-239-9645
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

VERNON PARISH OPTIONAL SCHOOL
401 NOLAN TRACE
337-392-0008
A Non-traditional School
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

LEESVILLE DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER
401 WEST TEXAS HIGHWAY
318-238-6443
A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

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