Vinton is a town in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,212 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Vinton is located in western Calcasieu Parish at 30°11′24″N 93°34′50″W / 30.19000°N 93.58056°W / 30.19000; -93.58056 (30.190093, -93.580587). U.S. Route 90 passes through the center of town, and Interstate 10 runs along the southern edge, with access from exits 7 and 8. Sulphur, Louisiana, is 13 miles (21 km) to the east, and Orange, Texas, is the same distance to the west.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Vinton has a total area of 5.05 square miles (13.07 km), of which 5.00 square miles (12.94 km) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km), or 1.01%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,338 people, 1,239 households, and 900 families residing in the town. The population density was 688.5 people per square mile (265.7/km²). There were 1,452 housing units at an average density of 299.5 per square mile (115.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 74.57% White, 23.31% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.
There were 1,239 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the town, the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $26,556, and the median income for a family was $30,565. Males had a median income of $30,600 versus $14,661 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,302. About 18.2% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.1% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.