|City of Minden|
The combined Minden City Hall and Convention Center opened on Broadway Street in 1970.
Location of Minden in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
|o Government||Mayor Tommy Davis(R)|
Mayor-elect Terry Gardner (R)
|o Total||15.16 sq mi (39.26 km2)|
|o Land||14.99 sq mi (38.82 km2)|
|o Water||0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)|
| o Estimate |
|o Density||839.08/sq mi (323.96/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Minden is a small city in, and the parish seat of, Webster Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. It is located twenty-eight miles east of Shreveport. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 13,082.
During the Civil War, a large Confederate encampment was located just east of Minden. It housed about 15,000 Confederate soldiers. The town served as a supply depot for the Confederate Army. Close to thirty Confederate soldiers who died in the Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill are buried in the Old Minden Cemetery.
During the Great Depression, one of the two Minden banks failed and a fire destroyed a major section of the downtown area (1931).
On May 1, 1933, a tornado occurred in the town, destroying 20% of the homes.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.0 km² (12.0 mi²). 30.8 km² (11.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.75% water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,027 people, 5,166 households, and 3,430 families residing in the city. The population density was 423.0/km² (1,095.2/mi²). There were 5,795 housing units at an average density of 188.2/km² (487.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 46.34% White, 52.17% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,166 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 22.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,175, and the median income for a family was $31,477. Males had a median income of $28,401 versus $19,199 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,114. 26.6% of the population and 21.0% of families were below the poverty line. 39.3% of those under the age of 18 and 20.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.