Jonesboro, Louisiana

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Town of Jonesboro
Jonesboro City Hall
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jackson
Elevation 223 ft (68 m)
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Area 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 - land 4.8 sq mi (12 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 2.04%
Population 3,914 (2000)
Density 806.6 / sq mi (311.4 / km2)
Mayor James E. Bradford
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Jonesboro in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
File:MVI 2702 Jonesboro State Bank.jpg
Jonesboro State Bank is located downtown.
File:First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, LA MVI 2693.jpg
The First Baptist Church of Jonesboro is located at the intersection of Jimmie Davis Boulevard and South Cooper Avenue.
File:MVI 2682 Another street scene in Jonesboro.jpg
Another view of downtown Jonesboro on the Jimmie Davis Boulevard facing east
File:MVI 2697 Garden of Memories in Jonesboro, LA.jpg
Garden of Memories is located on the Castor Highway outside Jonesboro.

Jonesboro is a town in and the parish seat of Jackson Parish in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Louisiana.[1] The population was 3,914 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Jonesboro is located at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. (32.239611, -92.711501).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), of which, 4.8 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.82%) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Jonesboro has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,134
1920 837 −26.2%
1930 1,949 132.9%
1940 2,639 35.4%
1950 3,097 17.4%
1960 3,848 24.2%
1970 5,072 31.8%
1980 5,061 −0.2%
1990 4,305 −14.9%
2000 3,914 −9.1%
2010 4,704 20.2%
Est. 2014 4,623 [4] −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 3,914 people, 1,602 households, and 1,012 families residing in the town. The population density was 806.6 people per square mile (311.6/km²). There were 1,852 housing units at an average density of 381.7 per square mile (147.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 54.01% White, 45.02% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 1,602 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,734, and the median income for a family was $28,048. Males had a median income of $29,071 versus $18,143 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,869. About 28.7% of families and 32.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.2% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.


Two years into his second term, Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Cornell Thompson was suspended for malfeasance in office. As of 2013, Jonesboro has not had a budget since 2008. Thompson's wife, Yoshi Chambers Thompson, was initially appointed to succeed him as interim mayor, but her legitimacy is under fire from Kenneth David Folden, the fiscal administrator appointed the day after Thompson's conviction to get city finances back into order. Tammy Sheridan Lee, the Monroe city judge who administered the oath to Yoshi Thompson, has withdrawn the authorization. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is reviewing the legality of the situation.[7]

Meanwhile, Judge James Cecil "Jimmy" Teat of the Louisiana 2nd Judicial District Court in Jonesboro ruled that Thompson had violated the conditions of his bond through continued interference in municipal business. Judge Teat ordered Thompson to be incarcerated in the Jackson Parish Correctional Center until his sentencing on the malfeasance charges.[7]

A Democrat, Thompson was elected mayor on October 2, 2010, over the Republican candidate, Freddie Brown, 824 (57.6 percent) to 607 (42.4 percent).[8]

On October 17, 2013, based on the conviction of malfeasance, Judge Teat sentenced Mayor Thompson to six years of hard labor, large fines, $51,000 in restitution to the city of Jonesboro, five years' suspended sentence, and five years of supervised probation. Thompson will remain incarcerated pending appeal.[9]

Arts and culture

Jonesboro is the home of "Christmas Wonderland in the Pines", a local festival held annually—beginning on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day and continuing throughout December.[citation needed]

Jonesboro also has a "Sunshine Festival" with antique cars and tractors, food,and games.



It is on U.S. Highway 167, twenty-four miles south of Ruston. SR 4 joins Highway 167 at Jonesboro, and it is in the southwestern portion of Jackson Parish.


Jackson Parish School Board serves the town.

Zoned schools include:

Notable people


  1. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. Climate Summary for Jonesboro, Louisiana
  4. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Cole Avery, Suspended Jonesboro mayor's bond revoked, September 24, 2013". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  8. "Louisiana primary el3ection returns, October 2, 2010". Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  9. Template:Cite Jonesboro now has a new mayor James Bradford . web
  10. "Jonesboro attorney Bobby Culpepper dies". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  11. "John Garlington". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  12. "Charles H. Garrett, D.V.M.". Ruston Daily Leader, May 3, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  13. "Tabarlet, Joseph Odell". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography ( Retrieved December 28, 2010. 

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