Melville, Louisiana

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Melville is a town in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,376 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OpelousasEunice Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Melville is located at 30°41′36″N 91°44′44″W / 30.69333°N 91.74556°W / 30.69333; -91.74556 (30.693351, -91.745506)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.34%) is water.

It is mostly flat land surrounded by a ring levee to protect it from flooding from the Atchafalaya River.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,376 people, 542 households, and 363 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,097.6 people per square mile (425.0/km²). There were 648 housing units at an average density of 516.9/sq mi (200.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.47% White, 45.78% African American, 0.87% Asian, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

There were 542 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 20.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,487, and the median income for a family was $20,625. Males had a median income of $22,083 versus $15,833 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,881. About 35.6% of families and 40.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.2% of those under age 18 and 37.7% of those age 65 or over.

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