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Melville, Louisiana

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Town of Melville
Town
Location of Melville in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Melville in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°41′36″N 91°44′44″W / 30.69333°N 91.74556°W / 30.69333; -91.74556
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishSt. Landry
Government
 • MayorVelma D. Hendrix (D)[1]
Area
 • Total1.29 sq mi (3.33 km2)
 • Land1.26 sq mi (3.25 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,041
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
1,029
 • Density819.27/sq mi (316.43/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)337
FIPS code22-49730
Websitewww.melvillela.com

Melville is a town in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,041 at the 2010 census. It is part of the OpelousasEunice Micropolitan Statistical Area. It was founded in 1889 and is known as the Atchafalaya River Catfish Capital of Louisiana.

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).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2), all but 0.039 sq mi (0.1 km2) (2.34%) of which is land.

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

Climate

Climate data for Melville, Louisiana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17
(63)
18
(65)
22
(72)
26
(79)
29
(85)
33
(91)
33
(92)
33
(92)
31
(88)
27
(81)
22
(72)
18
(64)
26
(79)
Average low °C (°F) 4
(40)
6
(43)
10
(50)
13
(56)
17
(63)
21
(69)
22
(72)
22
(71)
19
(66)
13
(55)
8
(46)
5
(41)
13
(56)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 140
(5.4)
120
(4.9)
130
(5.0)
130
(5.3)
130
(5.2)
100
(4.1)
130
(5.1)
110
(4.5)
99
(3.9)
74
(2.9)
110
(4.2)
150
(5.9)
1,430
(56.4)
Source: Weatherbase [5]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890361
190051743.2%
19101,093111.4%
1920958−12.4%
19301,54160.9%
19401,82818.6%
19501,9014.0%
19601,9392.0%
19701,9872.5%
19801,764−11.2%
19901,562−11.5%
20001,376−11.9%
20101,041−24.3%
Est. 20191,029[3]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,041 people living in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 51.9% Black, 45.0% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,376 people, 542 households, and 363 families living 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 per square mile (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.

In 2010, Melville had the 12th-lowest median household income of all places in the United States with a population over 1,000.[8]

Notable people

  • Lottie Beebe, superintendent of public schools in St. Martin Parish and Republican member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, was born in Melville in 1953.
  • Charlton Lyons, Louisiana Republican state chairman from 1964 to 1968 and Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1964, was reared in Melville.
  • LTG Edward Honor Sr, retired Lieutenant General of the U.S. Army, serving for 35 years as a Transportation Corps Officer and holding the position of Director of Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon from 1987 until his retirement in 1989. Honor was born on March 17, 1933 in Melville, Louisiana.

References

  1. ^ "Election Returns: St. Landry Parish". Louisiana Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "US Census". Archived from the original on 12 February 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2014.

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