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Jena is in La Salle Parish.

It is the parish seat.

The community was named for the site of Napoleon's victory.

The latitude of Jena is 31.683N. The longitude is -92.133W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 167 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 2,925.


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Median household income
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$30,938
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Jena demographic reports
Jena received national attention for racial tensions at the high school and throughout the community. In December of 2006, six black students were charged with second-degree attempted murder after beating up a white student, who only received minor injuries. Charges were later reduced but tensions remained high. In September of 2007, thousands of protesters, including Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, marched for due justice for the boys.
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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5% of Jena residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Jena ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Jena was $13,761, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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17% of Jena residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Jena, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $239.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $671.


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La Salle Parish supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Jena political report.

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The average commute time for Jena workers is 27 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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