Mansura, Louisiana

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Mansura is a town in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,573 at the 2000 census.

Mansura is home to the Cochon de Lait Festival, and is the Cochon de Lait Capital of the world.

Legendary Avoyelles Parish Sheriff F.O. "Potch" Didier died in 2007 in a nursing home in Mansura at the age of eighty-seven.


Mansura is located at 31°3′33″N 92°2′55″W / 31.05917°N 92.04861°W / 31.05917; -92.04861 (31.059242, -92.048660)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,573 people, 599 households, and 410 families residing in the town. The population density was 895.5 people per square mile (345.1/km²). There were 657 housing units at an average density of 374.0/sq mi (144.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 38.21% White, 60.27% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

There were 599 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.4% were married couples living together, 29.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,836, and the median income for a family was $19,612. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $15,972 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,473. About 34.4% of families and 40.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.7% of those under age 18 and 27.6% of those age 65 or over.

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