Rayville, Louisiana

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Rayville is a town in, the parish seat of, and the largest community in Richland Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1] The population was 4,234 at the 2000 census. It is also home of Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center

City Hall in Rayville, located next to the U.S. Post Office across from U.S. Highway 80, is named for former Mayor Joe Kalil (1922-1996).



Rayville is located at 32°28′25″N 91°45′27″W / 32.47361°N 91.7575°W / 32.47361; -91.7575 (32.473580, -91.757387)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.32%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,234 people, 1,504 households, and 1,004 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,880.1 people per square mile (726.6/km²). There were 1,629 housing units at an average density of 723.4/sq mi (279.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 31.44% White, 67.26% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 1,504 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.5% were married couples living together, 34.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% 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 3.32.

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