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Hessmer, Louisiana
Location of Hessmer in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Hessmer in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 31°03′17″N 92°07′16″WCoordinates31°03′17″N 92°07′16″W
CountryUnited States
 • MayorTravis Franks (R) (elected 2012)
 • Chief of PoliceKenneth P. Smith (D) (elected 2012)
 • Total0.83 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Land0.83 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
79 ft (24 m)
 • Total802
 • Estimate 
 • Density944.38/sq mi (364.77/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-34015

Hessmer is a village in Avoyelles ParishLouisiana, United States. The population was 802 at the 2010 census.[3]


The rail depot which served the area was named “Hessmer” in 1902 by William Edenborn, railroad tycoon. The village was incorporated in 1955.[4]


Hessmer is located at 31°3′17″N 92°7′16″W (31.054727, -92.121076).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.81 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.[3]


Historical population
1970454 4.8%
1980743 63.7%
1990578 −22.2%
2000642 11.1%
2010802 24.9%
Est. 2016781[2]−2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 642 people, 280 households, and 176 families residing in the village. The population density was 855.1 inhabitants per square mile (330.5/km²). There were 303 housing units at an average density of 403.6 per square mile (156.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 91.43% White, 6.70% African American, 1.56% Native American, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.

There were 280 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the village, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $24,659, and the median income for a family was $31,528. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $16,964 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,449. About 15.3% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ “2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Population and Housing Unit Estimates”. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. Jump up to:a b “Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hessmer village, Louisiana”. U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Arlene Flanders and Randy DeCuir, Hessmer Station, A Railroad Community Turns 100
  5. ^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990”United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ “Census of Population and Housing”. Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ “American FactFinder”United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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