Oakdale
City of Oakdale
The Leatherwood Museum in Oakdale is the site of the Allen Parish Tourist Commission.
Location of Oakdale in Allen Parish, Louisiana.
Oakdale
Oakdale
Location of Oakdale in Allen Parish, Louisiana.
Oakdale
Oakdale
Oakdale (the United States)
Coordinates: 30°48′48″N 92°39′38″W / 30.81333°N 92.66056°W / 30.81333; -92.66056Coordinates: 30°48′48″N 92°39′38″W / 30.81333°N 92.66056°W / 30.81333; -92.66056
Country United States
State Louisiana
Government
 • MayorGene Paul
Area
 • Total5.25 sq mi (13.61 km2)
 • Land5.19 sq mi (13.45 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total7,780
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
7,561
 • Density1,456.28/sq mi (562.28/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
71463
Area code318
FIPS code22-56540
Websitewww.cityofoakdale.net
Oakdale welcome sign
Oakdale welcome sign
Entrance to Oakdale City Hall at 333 E. 6th Ave.
Entrance to Oakdale City Hall at 333 E. 6th Ave.
Oakdale branch of the Allen Parish Library at 405 E 6th Ave.
Oakdale branch of the Allen Parish Library at 405 E 6th Ave.
Downtown Oakdale, with the United States Post Office at the front right.
Downtown Oakdale, with the United States Post Office at the front right.
First United Methodist Church at 309 E 6th Ave. in Oakdale
First United Methodist Church at 309 E 6th Ave. in Oakdale
Behind the barricades at the Federal Correctional Institution, Oakdale
Behind the barricades at the Federal Correctional Institution, Oakdale

Oakdale is a city in Allen Parish in south Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,780 at the 2010 census.[3]

Oakdale was founded as "Dunnsville" by William T. Dunn. The history of Allen Parish is preserved at the Leatherwood Museum, which reopened on September 27, 2008, in a renovated facility at 202 E. 7th Ave. in Oakdale.[4]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.18%, is water.[3] Oakdale's closest neighbor in Allen Parish is Elizabeth, located just west of Oakdale.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19204,016
19303,188−20.6%
19403,93323.4%
19505,59842.3%
19606,61818.2%
19707,30110.3%
19807,155−2.0%
19906,832−4.5%
20008,13719.1%
20107,780−4.4%
2019 (est.)7,561[2]−2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 8,137 people, 2,246 households, and 1,525 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,603.6 people per square mile (619.7/km2). There were 2,512 housing units at an average density of 495.1 per square mile (191.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 62.07% White, 34.94% African American, 0.57% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.22% of the population.

There were 2,246 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 23.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.2% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 38.6% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 157.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 179.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,826, and the median income for a family was $28,506. Males had a median income of $32,179 versus $16,039 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,288. About 21.7% of families and 23.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 22.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Four former Louisiana politicians, former Lieutenant Governors Coleman Lindsey and Bill Dodd, former State Treasurer Mary Evelyn Parker, and former State Representative E. Holman Jones, have roots in Oakdale. Lieutenant General Joe N. Ballard , former 49th Chief of Engineers and Commander , U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Education

Allen Parish School Board operates public schools:

Federal prison

Oakdale is home to the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex, a minimum security prison for male inmates, which include former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers who is serving a 25-year sentence for his involvement in the accounting scandal that toppled that company.[7] The prison also held former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, who served over eight years of a ten-year sentence for his involvement in a 2000 riverboat gambling racketeering case. Other notable inmates who once served time at the prison include former Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama, who was serving a seven-year sentence but has been released pending appeal,[8] and Andrew Fastow, the former Chief Financial Officer for Enron Corporation, who is serving six years. Former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner James H. "Jim" Brown also served time in the facility.[9] Former New Orleans city councilman Oliver Thomas, currently serving a 37-month federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to accepting bribes, served the duration of his sentence at the Oakdale complex.[10]

Patrick Jones, a 47-year old inmate at the prison in became the first fatality of Covid-19 in a federal prison on March 29, 2020. Five other inmates were also infected.[11]

Oriented strand board plant

In April 2009, the Roy O. Martin Lumber Company, doing business as Martco, unveiled a $200 million oriented-strand-board plant near Oakdale. The largest plant of its kind in the world, the facility initially employed 170 persons, according to company president Roy O. Martin, III, whose father and former company head Roy O. Martin, Jr., died a month before the Oakdale plant opened.[12]

Oakdale Louisiana is also home to one of Boise Cascade LLC.'s plywood plant.

References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Oakdale city, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Bill Sumrall (September 27, 2008). "A step into past: Museum showcases history of Allen Parish". The Town Talk (Alexandria). Retrieved May 14, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ For Webber, Oakdale is no Place Like Home Archived 2008-01-01 at the Wayback Machine from Network World, September 27, 2006
  8. ^ Around the Nation - washingtonpost.com
  9. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions from www.jimbrownla.com". Archived from the original on 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  10. ^ Former New Orleans city councilman Oliver Thomas transferred to prison in Louisiana from The Times-Picayune, 25 June 2009
  11. ^ [https://news.yahoo.com/inmate-dies-contracting-coronavirus-louisiana-150800571.html Inmate dies after contracting coronavirus at Louisiana federal prison| by Rich Schapiro, NBC News, 29 Mar 2020
  12. ^ Tom Bonnette (April 24, 2007). "Growing in Cenla: Martco 's $200M OSB plant near Oakdale is world's largest". Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved July 27, 2014.