Gilbert, Louisiana

According to ACRONYMMONSTER, Gilbert, Louisiana is a small town located in Calcasieu Parish in the southwestern corner of the state. The population of Gilbert is just over 1,000 people and it is considered to be a very rural area. It is situated on the banks of the Calcasieu River, which provides an abundance of recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and swimming for those that live in or visit Gilbert.

The town was established in 1883 by Captain John E. Gilbert who served as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. He named the town after himself and it has remained a peaceful farming community since then. The town’s economy is largely based on agriculture with crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton, and rice being grown in the area.

The town also has many historical buildings and attractions that are worth visiting while you are there. Some of these include the old Gilbert Bank Building which was built in 1895; the old Gilbert Post Office which operated from 1884 to 1907; and the old Gilbert Jailhouse which was built in 1906 and still stands today as a reminder of its past. There are also several churches located around town including St. Joseph Catholic Church, First Baptist Church, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church all of which offer weekly services to their congregations.

In addition to its agricultural roots and historical sites there are several other attractions that make Gilbert an enjoyable place to visit or live: there are two public parks located within city limits – one at Lake Charles State Park where visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, hiking trails and more; plus two golf courses for those looking for a more leisurely activity during their stay; plus numerous restaurants offering traditional Cajun cuisine like gumbo and jambalaya – making it easy to find something delicious while you’re here!

According to Topbbacolleges, Gilbert is also home to one of Louisiana’s oldest rodeos – The Calcasieu County Rodeo – held every year at Memorial Arena since 1942 where bull riders compete for cash prizes while spectators cheer them on from the sidelines! In addition to this event there are other festivals held throughout the year such as Mardi Gras parades in February/March; Fourth of July fireworks shows; Christmas parades; plus many more special events that bring people together throughout each season!

Overall, Gilbert is an ideal destination if you’re looking for a quiet getaway with plenty of outdoor activities like fishing or golfing; history-rich sites like old banks & post offices; delicious cuisine from local restaurants & cafes; plus fun festivals & rodeos – making it perfect for families & individuals alike.

Population: 561. Estimated population in July 2020: 527 (-6.1% change)
Males: 251 (44.7%), Females: 310 (55.3%)

Franklin County

Zip code: 71336

Median resident age: 33.6 years
Median household income: $24,297
Median house value: $34,700

Races in Gilbert:

  • White Non-Hispanic (62.2%)
  • Black (35.8%)
  • Hispanic (2.0%)
  • Other race (1.2%)
  • American Indian (0.5%)
  • Two or more races (0.5%)

Ancestries: United States (19.4%), French (3.6%), Irish (3.4%), German (2.9%), Dutch (2.0%), English (2.0%).

Elevation: 75 feet

Land area: 1.0 square miles

Gilbert, Louisiana


For population 25 years and over in Gilbert

  • High school or higher: 66.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 5.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.0%
  • Unemployed: 8.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 29.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Gilbert village

  • Never married: 23.7%
  • Now married: 51.4%
  • Separated: 3.6%
  • Widowed: 12.7%
  • Divorced: 8.7%

0.4% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -133 (-19.2%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Gilbert:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Gilbert:

  • MONROE REGIONAL (about 41 miles; MONROE, LA; Abbreviation: MLU)
  • ALEXANDRIA INTL (about 79 miles; ALEXANDRIA, LA; Abbreviation: AEX)

Other public-use airports nearest to Gilbert:

  • WINNSBORO MUNICIPAL (about 8 miles; WINNSBORO, LA; Abbreviation: F89)
  • DELHI MUNI (about 27 miles; DELHI, LA; Abbreviation: 0M9)
  • COLUMBIA (about 28 miles; COLUMBIA, LA; Abbreviation: F86)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Gilbert:

  • ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 44 miles; ALCORN STATE, MS; Full-time enrollment: 2,594)
  • UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE (about 44 miles; MONROE, LA; Full-time enrollment: 8,116)
  • LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY (about 76 miles; RUSTON, LA; Full-time enrollment: 9,013)
  • GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY (about 81 miles; GRAMBLING, LA; Full-time enrollment: 4,299)
  • HINDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 85 miles; RAYMOND, MS; Full-time enrollment: 10,057)
  • MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE (about 90 miles; CLINTON, MS; Full-time enrollment: 2,904)
  • NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA (about 101 miles; NATCHITOCHES, LA; Full-time enrollment: 7,710)

Public primary/middle school in Gilbert:

  • GILBERT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 237; Location: 174 FIRST STREET; Grades: 05 – 08)