Communities in Livingston Parish
In the Town of Albany, you’ll find one of Louisiana’s largest Christmas Parades, as well as the Hungarian Harvest Dance and Festival every October, celebrating the town’s heritage as the nation’s largest Hungarian community. Located at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 190 and LA Highway 43, the town started as a railroad stop, and the name Albany was chosen by the Illinois Central Railroad company as it planned its route through Livingston Parish. The village’s growing population qualified it for town status in 2012.
Schools: Albany Lower, Albany Middle, Albany Upper, Albany High
Livingston Parish’s largest municipality, Denham Springs boasts the best of a bedroom community: small town charm with big city convenience and amenities. Established in the early 1800’s, the City if Denham Springs is situated along the Amite River and is Livingston Parish’s westernmost community. Just minutes from Baton Rouge with easy access to Interstate 12, Denham Springs is home to a charming downtown historic district with dozens of antique shops, annual spring and fall festivals and other cultural events, and is enjoying a robust residential expansion and bustling retail and commercial sector with 10 hotels, major businesses like Bass Pro and Sam’s Club, and a large shopping mall under construction.
Population 10, 215
Schools: Denham Springs Elementary, East Side Elementary, Freshwater Elementary, Gray’s Creek Elementary, Juban Parc Elementary, Lewis Vincent Elementary, Northside Elementary, Seventh Ward Elementary, South Fork Elementary, Southside Elementary, Juban Parc Junior High, Denham Springs Junior High, Southside Junior High, Denham Springs Freshman, Denham Springs High
The population of the Village of French Settlement varies depending on which day of the week you visit. On weekdays it’s a mere 1,100, but that quickly multiplies when weekend boaters and fishermen converge on the Amite River. The village also hosts quite a crowd for its annual Creole Festival in October, held on the grounds of the Creole House Museum behind the Village Hall.
Schools: French Settlement Elementary, French Settlement High
The small village of Killian is one of Livingston Parish’s many river communities with access to a number of waterways and the recreation and natural beauty they offer, making it a popular weekend destination. Killian is located on LA Highway 22, along the Tickfaw River, with easy access to Lake Maurepas. Highway 22 is bustling with residential and commercial development, catering to the many visitors and growing number of residents.
The Town of Livingston is located about 25 miles east of Baton Rouge on U.S. Highway 190, with access to Interstate-12. In Livingston, the parish seat, you’ll find the parish courthouse and government offices, health unit and a Louisiana Motor Vehicles bureau, as well as the parish fair grounds on the west side of town. Here the town hosts the annual Livingston Parish fair, parade and rodeo each October. And just north of town, you’ll find the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), where the National Science Foundation detects gravitational waves.
Schools: Doyle Elementary, Frost Elementary, Doyle High
Like nearby French Settlement, Port Vincent’s main draw is its waterfront location, luring many recreational visitors to the Amite River. The village has its roots in Louisiana’s the early European settlements, and in its early years was a bustling shipping community and even the Livingston Parish seat.
Livingston’s easternmost town is its oldest: Springfield, located on the Natalbany River not far from the Tickfaw River and Tickfaw State Park, where visitors can enjoy camping, cabins, canoeing, hiking and more. There’s no shortage of recreation in and around Springfield. Every September Civil War historians and enthusiasts come for the annual Civil War Battle Re-enactment, boat racers from across the country come for the annual Tickfaw 200 Poker Run, and golf lovers head to the world class Carter Plantation resort.
Schools: Springfield Elementary, Springfield Middle, Springfield High
The City of Walker, Livingston Parish’s newest official city, is one of the fastest growing cities in Louisiana and was recently ranked #2 among the top ten best places in the state to raise a family.
Home to the Pine Tree Festival, annual Christmas and Independence Day celebrations and the Old South Jamboree and Country & Gospel Jubilee, Watson has a rich cultural history, commemorated at the Walker Museum. Walker is also home to the Livingston Parish Industrial Park Area and Co-Mar Commercial Park, both located east of town on U.S. Highway 190.
Schools: Levi Milton Elementary, Literacy and Technology Center, North Corbin Elementary, South Walker Elementary, Walker Elementary, North Corbin Junior High, Westside Junior High, Walker Freshman High, Walker High, Pathways, Pine Ridge
Just five miles north of Denham Springs is Watson, which has the highest population growth in the parish. Watson is often referred to as Live Oak, a nod to the Live Oak Store and post office established there in 1869. The Amite River just to the west has served as a source of transportation and recreation over the years, and it currently supports a large gravel industry. A sports complex is the center of many community events and is currently undergoing a major expansion.
Schools: Live Oak Elementary, North Live Oak Elementary, South Live Oak Elementary, Live Oak Middle, Live Oak High