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Baskin, Louisiana
Village
Baskin, LA, Veterans Memorial IMG 0335.JPG
Baskin Veterans Memorial
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Franklin
Elevation 72 ft (21.9 m)
Coordinates 32°15′27″N 91°44′47″W / 32.25750°N 91.74639°W / 32.25750; -91.74639
Area 1.33 sq mi (3.44 km²)
 - land 1.33 sq mi (3 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 254 (2010)
Density 191.0 /sq mi (73.7 /km²)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318

Baskin is a village in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 254 at the 2010 census, up from 188 at the 2000 census. Baskin is located north of the parish seat of Winnsboro.

History

Baskin was named in honor of Dr. Adolphus McDuffie Baskin, a pioneer settler.

Baskin holds the dubious distinction of being the town in Louisiana which derives the most revenue from traffic fines and forfeitures, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. Traffic fines and forfeitures account for 84% of the town's budget.

Geography

Baskin is located in northwestern Franklin Parish at 32°15′27″N 91°44′47″W / 32.25750°N 91.74639°W / 32.25750; -91.74639 (32.257544, -91.746378), along U.S. Route 425, which leads south 7 miles (11 km) to Winnsboro and north 16 miles (26 km) to Rayville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.33 square miles (3.45 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 654
1930 416 −36.4%
1940 330 −20.7%
1950 117 −64.5%
1960 238 103.4%
1970 177 −25.6%
1980 286 61.6%
1990 243 −15.0%
2000 188 −22.6%
2010 254 35.1%
Est. 2015 247 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 188 people, 77 households, and 47 families residing in the village. The population density was 140.6 inhabitants per square mile (54.2/km²). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 64.3 per square mile (24.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.68% White, 2.66% African American, 0.53% Native American, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

There were 77 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 77.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $18,000, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $12,321 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,034. About 22.0% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under the age of eighteen and 31.7% of those sixty five or over.

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