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Oberlin, Louisiana
Town
Downtown Oberlin with the Allen Parish Courthouse in the background
Downtown Oberlin with the Allen Parish Courthouse in the background
Location of Oberlin in Allen Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Oberlin in Allen Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Allen
Area
 • Total 4.38 sq mi (11.35 km2)
 • Land 4.38 sq mi (11.35 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
69 ft (21 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,770
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,730
 • Density 394.89/sq mi (152.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
70655
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-57450

Oberlin is a town in and the parish seat of Allen Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,770 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Johann Friedrich Oberlin.

Oberlin was the home of Ernest S. Clements, a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate and, later, the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He ran unsuccessfully in 1944 for governor of Louisiana.

Geography

Oberlin is located at 30°37′10″N 92°45′51″W / 30.61944°N 92.76417°W / 30.61944; -92.76417 (30.619560, -92.764058). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km2), all land. Oberlin is located on U.S. Route 165 at LA 26.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 213
1910 232 8.9%
1920 623 168.5%
1930 790 26.8%
1940 962 21.8%
1950 1,544 60.5%
1960 1,794 16.2%
1970 1,857 3.5%
1980 1,764 −5.0%
1990 1,808 2.5%
2000 1,853 2.5%
2010 1,770 −4.5%
2019 (est.) 1,730 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,853 people, 702 households, and 464 families residing in the town. The population density was 602.0 people per square mile (232.3/km2). There were 789 housing units at an average density of 256.3 per square mile (98.9/km2).

The racial makeup of the town was 60.28% White, 37.61% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 702 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,333, and the median income for a family was $30,583. Males had a median income of $28,558 versus $16,923 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,050. About 18.3% of families and 25.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 31.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Allen Parish School Board operates Oberlin High School and Oberlin Elementary School in Oberlin.

Notable people

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