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Pitkin is a census-designated place (CDP) in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States.[4]

Pitkin, Louisiana
Location in Vernon Parish and the state of Louisiana.
Location in Vernon Parish and the state of Louisiana.
Coordinates: 30°56′11″N 92°56′11″W / 30.93639°N 92.93639°W / 30.93639; -92.93639Coordinates: 30°56′11″N 92°56′11″W / 30.93639°N 92.93639°W / 30.93639; -92.93639
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishVernon
Area
 • Total6.239 sq mi (16.16 km2)
 • Land6.229 sq mi (16.13 km2)
 • Water0.010 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
167 ft (51 m)
Population
 • Total576
 • Density92/sq mi (36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)337
GNIS feature ID555670[3]

Pitkin is approximately 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Leesville, the parish seat. Pitkin is approximately 45 miles (72 km) southwest of the city of Alexandria and about 90 miles (140 km) due west of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP, also known as Angola) in West Feliciana Parish.[5] As of the 2010 census, the CDP's population was 576.[2] James Ridgeway of Mother Jones said that the Pitkin area had 1,965 residents.[5]

Burl Cain, the warden of LSP, was reared in Pitkin.[5] His older brother, James David, a former member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature, was born in Pitkin in 1938.

DemographicsEdit

According to the 2010 census, of its 576 population who live in 230 households, their median age was 41.6, 541 are White, 10 are multiracial, 3 are Asian, 2 are some other race, 1 is African American; 10 have Latino ethnicity.[6]

EducationEdit

The Vernon Parish School District serves Pitkin. It operates Pitkin High School (PK-12).[7] The Vernon Parish Library operates the Pitkin Branch Library.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. ^ "Pitkin". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Pitkin CDP, LA." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 23, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Ridgeway, James. "God's Own Warden." Mother Jones. July/August 2011 Issue. p. 1. Retrieved on March 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010". United States Census Bureau. United States Department of Commerce. 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Home." Pitkin High School. Retrieved on March 23, 2013.
  8. ^ "Sexual Predator Policy." (Archive) Vernon Parish Library. Retrieved on March 23, 2013.