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Bunkie, Louisiana
City
Motto: "The best place top side God's Green Earth"
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Avoyelles
Elevation 66 ft (20.1 m)
Coordinates 30°57′13″N 92°11′08″W / 30.95361°N 92.18556°W / 30.95361; -92.18556
Area 6.97 km² (2.69 sq mi)
 - land 6.93 km² (2.68 sq mi)
 - water 0.04 km² (0.02 sq mi), 0.57%
Population 4,171 (2010)
Density 601.7 /km² (1,558.4 /sq mi)
Mayor Police Chief Bobby Comer
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Zip Code 71322
Area code 318
Location of Bunkie in Louisiana
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Location of Bunkie in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
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Website: bunkiecityhall.com

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%
Est. 2015 4,066 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,662 people, 1,698 households, and 1,198 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,763.4 people per square mile (681.8/km²). There were 1,866 housing units at an average density of 705.8 per square mile (272.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.54% White, 50.26% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 1,698 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 26.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $14,745, and the median income for a family was $23,448. Males had a median income of $31,382 versus $19,479 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,302. About 34.4% of families and 37.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.9% of those under age 18 and 32.5% of those age 65 or over.


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