|Town of Jena|
Location of Jena in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
|o Total||5.53 sq mi (14.32 km2)|
|o Land||5.50 sq mi (14.24 km2)|
|o Water||0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)|
|Elevation||167 ft (51 m)|
| o Estimate |
|o Density||617.86/sq mi (238.57/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has an area of 5.4 square miles (14 km2), all land.
Residents of these rural communities frequent Jena for school, work, and shopping.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,971 people, 1,135 households, and 749 families residing in the town. The population density was 552.7 people per square mile (213.2/km2). There were 1,264 housing units at an average density of 235.2 per square mile (90.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 85.56% White, 12.02% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.
There were 1,135 households, out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were 21 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.5% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,938, and the median income for a family was $39,848. Males had a median income of $31,332 versus $18,317 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,761. About 9.9% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.
The La Salle Parish School Board is located in Jena.
The following schools serve Jena: