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Town of Cheneyville
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Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Rapides
Elevation 66 ft (20.1 m)
Coordinates 31°00′48″N 92°17′22″W / 31.01333°N 92.28944°W / 31.01333; -92.28944
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km²)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 901 (2000)
Density 863.9 /sq mi (333.6 /km²)
Mayor Derrick Johnson (D)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318

Cheneyville is a town in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is part of the Alexandria, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 901 at the 2000 census.


The town was named for settler William Cheney.

Cheneyville is significant in the history of the Restoration Movement associated with Alexander Campbell. In 1843 most of the membership of a Baptist congregation, under the leadership of William Prince Ford, who had been influenced by Campbell's writings, became a Church of Christ. The Cheneyville Christian Church is the oldest congregation associated with the Restoration Movement in Louisiana. In 1857, Campbell visited the congregation and was favorably impressed by its fellowship between the races.

Ford is also known as the original slavemaster of Solomon Northup, the main character in the feature film, Twelve Years a Slave. Northup was an African-American who had been born free, but kidnapped in Washington, DC and sold to Ford in New Orleans in 1841.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Cheneyville has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 498
1920 678 36.1%
1930 835 23.2%
1940 913 9.3%
1950 918 0.5%
1960 1,037 13.0%
1970 1,082 4.3%
1980 865 −20.1%
1990 1,005 16.2%
2000 901 −10.3%
2010 625 −30.6%
Est. 2015 608 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 901 people, 267 households, and 183 families residing in the town. The population density was 863.9 people per square mile (334.5/km²). There were 314 housing units at an average density of 301.1 per square mile (116.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 33.07% White, 65.70% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.55% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 267 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 26.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,044, and the median income for a family was $21,917. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $12,159 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,244. About 29.4% of families and 43.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.2% of those under age 18 and 27.0% of those age 65 or over.

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