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Overview

Introduction to Marksville, Louisiana

Marksville, Louisiana, in Avoyelles county, is 62 miles N of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center) and 143 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Marksville History

The city of Marksville is the parish seat in Avoyelles Parish. The city was named after Mark Elishe, who established a trading post after his wagon broke down in this area. The city came in to being almost 190 years after the trading post was established. The city’s earliest settlers were the Tunica and Biloxi tribe and occupied the land for over two centuries. They spoke in different dialects. It was after the trading post was established that the city started developing.

Marksville and nearby Attractions

  • The Paragon Casino Resort
  • The Marksville State Historic Site
  • Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
  • Chicot State Park
  • Kisatchie National Forest

Things To Do In Marksville

Tourists can take a look at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians that displays the remnants of the Indian tribes. The rich vegetation of the Kisatchie National Forest is another site the tourists can visit. The Tunica Biloxi Museum is also a popular tourist destination. One can also visit the Holy Ghost Church. The Marksville Public Library is an ideal place for the booklovers.

Marksville Transportation

Flights can be availed from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Marksville Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Louisiana State University, Louisiana Technical College, Panola College, Southern University at Shreveport, and Wiley College.

People

Total Population 5,594
Male Share of the Population 45.5%
Female Share of the Population 54.5%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 1,891
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 36.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $34,621
% Above Poverty Level 70.2%
% Below Poverty Level 29.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $626
Median House Value $109,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.9%
US/American 0%
English 3%
Irish 6.8%

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

Marksville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 62 miles N of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 143 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Avoyelles
Standard Zip Codes 71351
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.127
Longitude -92.066

Marksville 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 BUNKIE
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 61.7 inches
Station LSU DEAN LEE RES STN
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.6 inches
Station ALEXANDRIA ESLER AP
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 56.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Brouillette (71351)

Fifth Ward (71351)

Fort de Russy (71351)

Moncla (71351)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cottonport 1,997 $32,576
Evergreen 262 $23,958
Hessmer 838 $55,625
Mansura 1,702 $30,395
Moreauville 927 $55,000
Plaucheville 178 $62,917

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

Marksville Public Libraries

Library
Avoyelles Parish Library
104 NORTH WASHINGTON STREET
Marksville, Louisiana
(318) 253-7559
Library Web Site

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Marksville Hospitals

AVOYELLES HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
HIGHWAY 1192 BLUE TOWN ROAD
(318) 253-8611
Emergency Service: Yes

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MARKSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
407 WEST BON TEMPT STREET
318-253-9356
Serves 658 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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551 MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE
318-253-0511
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