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Doyline, Louisiana
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Location of Doyline in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Doyline in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Webster
 • Total 3.34 sq mi (8.66 km2)
 • Land 3.33 sq mi (8.62 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
226 ft (69 m)
 • Total 674
 • Density 202.52/sq mi (78.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-21590
Lake Bistineau south of Doyline, LA IMG 0591
Lake Bistineau south of Doyline
Lake Bistineau mural in Doyline, LA IMG 0599
A mural of nearby Lake Bistineau State Park in Doyline
Doyline, LA, Cemetery IMG 0603
Doyline Cemetery established in 1885 contains the graves of State Representatives C.W. Thompson and Lizzie P. Thompson.
Doyline, LA, Town Hall IMG 0600
Town Hall in Doyline
First Baptist Church of Doyline, LA IMG 0595
The First Baptist Church of Doyline
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The United Methodist Church in Doyline

Doyline is a village in southwestern Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, United States. The population was 818 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Under a cited cost-saving realignment plan, the Webster Parish School Board closed Union Elementary School in Doyline in 2011, as Doyline High School absorbed the elementary students. Vandals broke windows in the abandoned elementary school, which contained asbestos and black mold. The building was hence razed at a cost of $99,000.

The HBO television series True Blood about vampires is filmed in Doyline.


Doyline is an entry point to Lake Bistineau and the Lake Bistineau State Park. The lake itself, popular for fishing, is the reservoir of Dorcheat Bayou, a 122-mile stream that begins in Nevada County, Arkansas.

On August 24, 2006, an explosion of the Explo Systems, Inc., site at Camp Minden led to the evacuation of six hundred pupils nearby but caused no injuries or fatalities. The site is a former U.S. Army ammunition plant where military bombs were disassembled and recycled.

In December 2012, police began the removal of 2,700 tons of explosives from Camp Minden, located at the site of the former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, leading to evacuations from nearby Doyline.


Doyline is located at 32°31′53″N 93°24′37″W / 32.53139°N 93.41028°W / 32.53139; -93.41028 (32.531282, -93.410145).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,170
1960 1,061 −9.3%
1970 716 −32.5%
1980 801 11.9%
1990 884 10.4%
2000 841 −4.9%
2010 818 −2.7%
2020 674 −17.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 841 people, 325 households, and 235 families residing in the village. The population density was 252.5 inhabitants per square mile (97.5/km2). There were 359 housing units at an average density of 107.8 per square mile (41.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 79.90% White, 17.12% African American, 0.12% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 2.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 325 households, out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $34,063, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $30,536 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,218. About 12.4% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.7% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • James E. Bolin (1914–2002), a district and circuit judge and a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, was born in Doyline.
  • Tommy Joe Eagles (1949-1994), college basketball coach, graduated in 1967 from Doyline High School.

See also

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