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Bunkie, Louisiana
Motto(s): 
"The best place top side God's Green Earth"
Location of Bunkie in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Bunkie in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Avoyelles
Area
 • Total 3.04 sq mi (7.87 km2)
 • Land 3.02 sq mi (7.83 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
66 ft (20 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,346
 • Density 1,107.21/sq mi (427.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
71322
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-10950

Bunkie is a city in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 4,171 at the 2010 census.

History

Bunkie had its start when the Texas and Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. It was named for the original landowner's daughter, who had the nickname Bunkie. The town post office contains a mural, Cotton Pickers, painted in 1939 by Caroline Speare Rohland. Federally commissioned murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department. Since 1987, Bunkie has hosted the annual Louisiana Corn Festival during the second full weekend of June.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.69 square miles (6.97 km2), of which 2.68 square miles (6.93 km2) is land and 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.57%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 299
1900 873 192.0%
1910 1,765 102.2%
1920 1,743 −1.2%
1930 2,464 41.4%
1940 3,575 45.1%
1950 4,666 30.5%
1960 5,188 11.2%
1970 5,395 4.0%
1980 5,364 −0.6%
1990 5,044 −6.0%
2000 4,662 −7.6%
2010 4,171 −10.5%
2020 3,346 −19.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Bunkie racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,070 31.98%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,041 61.0%
Native American 9 0.27%
Asian 10 0.3%
Other/Mixed 149 4.45%
Hispanic or Latino 67 2.0%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,346 people, 1,702 households, and 1,227 families residing in the city.

Notable people

  • Bunkie is the birthplace of jazz drummer Zutty Singleton.
  • Sue Eakin, Louisiana historian and former publisher of the Bunkie Record, resided in Bunkie for most of her life until her death in 2009 at the age of 90. Her works include Avoyelles Parish: Crossroads of Louisiana.
  • Physician Donald E. Hines, a former member of the Louisiana State Senate, who served from 2004-08 as Senate president.
  • Ronnie Johns, a member of the Louisiana State Senate from Sulphur in Calcasieu Parish, grew up in Bunkie and graduated from Bunkie High School in 1967.
  • Seymour Weiss, former owner and longtime manager of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, close confidant of Huey Pierce Long, Jr., prominent New Orleans civic leader, who was born in Bunkie in 1896.
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