Gilbert, Louisiana

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Gilbert is a village in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 561 at the 2000 census.



The village is named for one of the early families of Franklin Parish. One of their descendants is former state legislator J.C. "Sonny" Gilbert of Sicily Island in neighboring Catahoula Parish.

The Gilbert welcome sign recognizes that General Claire Chennault lived there for a time as a youth.


Gilbert is located at 32°2′59″N 91°39′36″W / 32.04972°N 91.66°W / 32.04972; -91.66 (32.049677, -91.660109)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 561 people, 207 households, and 150 families residing in the village. The population density was 221.0/km² (573.5/mi²). There were 231 housing units at an average density of 91.0/km² (236.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 62.21% White, 35.83% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.25% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.

There were 207 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 81.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.6 males.

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