Robeline, Louisiana

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Robeline is a village in western Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 183 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area.

According to a 2007 report, Robeline was named one of the 10 worst speed traps in the state of Louisiana. Robeline made 85.73% of its revenue, an average of roughly $1,517 per capita population, from fines and forfeitures in the 2005 fiscal year.


Robeline is located at 31°41′27″N 93°18′15″W / 31.69083°N 93.30417°W / 31.69083; -93.30417 (31.690873, -93.304233)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.6 km² (1.0 mi²), all land. Robeline once was the capital of Texas for 50 yrs. Robeline was owned by the Spanish and a creek was the border line between Spanish Texas and French Louisiana. During 1870-1917 a railroad was built through Robeline and Marthaville Loisiana. The town was rich with resources and money, but the railroad was destroyed in 1960 and Robeline declined. It now has two stores, churches, an abandoned high school, and lots of wilderness.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 183 people, 76 households, and 48 families residing in the village. The population density was 70.0/km² (182.0/mi²). There were 97 housing units at an average density of 37.1/km² (96.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 77.05% White, 17.49% African American and 5.46% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.19% of the population.

There were 76 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $13,036, and the median income for a family was $24,583. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $14,375 for females. The per capita income for the village was $10,468. About 28.6% of families and 38.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 34.0% of those sixty five or over.

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