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Shongaloo, Louisiana
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Shongaloo Civic Center
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Webster
Elevation 256 ft (78 m)
Coordinates 32°56′17″N 93°17′54″W / 32.93806°N 93.29833°W / 32.93806; -93.29833
Area 7.9 sq mi (20.5 km²)
 - land 7.9 sq mi (20 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 178 (2010)
Density 21.7 /sq mi (8.4 /km²)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Shongaloo in Louisiana
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Location of Shongaloo in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Shongaloo is a village in Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States.

West of Shongaloo on Louisiana Highway 2 is Munn Hill, a homestead of Daniel and Rebecca Munn, established on July 26, 1900.

Shongaloo has a civic center for town council meetings as well as general usage. There is an adjacent museum with a restored log cabin.


Shongaloo is located at 32°56′17″N 93°17′54″W / 32.93806°N 93.29833°W / 32.93806; -93.29833 (32.938129, -93.298369).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20 km2), of which 7.9 square miles (20 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.38%) is water.

Dorcheat Bayou, 115-mile-long (185 km) runs through Shongaloo, Louisiana; one of the longest natural bayous in the U.S.

Mt. Parran Baptist Church in Shongaloo, LA IMG 0656
Mt. Paran Baptist Church is lined with flags in observance of Memorial Day 2009.


Shongaloo is connected to other cities by road; currently, there is no air or boat access directly to the village. Air transportation is possible by using the Springhill Airport (15–20 minutes) or using the Shreveport Regional Airport (60–80 minutes). Shongaloo is connected to Sarepta and Homer via LA 2. Shongaloo is also connected to Magnolia and Minden via LA 159). LA 157 connects Shongaloo to Springhill and ALT LA 2 and LA 615 to Haynesville.

Interstate 69

Proposals have been made to build Interstate 69 south of the city around the community of Leton and east of the city near Haynesville. Currently, Shongaloo will have access to the freeway via interchanges at LA 159, LA 2, and LA 2 Alt.

Etymology and pronunciation

Shongaloo (pronounced Shawn-ga-lew) is an Indian term meaning "Running Water" or "Cypress Tree".


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 173
1980 163 −5.8%
1990 161 −1.2%
2000 162 0.6%
2010 182 12.3%
Est. 2015 176 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 162 people, 65 households, and 47 families residing in the village. The population density was 20.5 inhabitants per square mile (7.9/km²). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 9.7 per square mile (3.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.15% White, 0.62% Native American, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 65 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the village, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,809. About 5.0% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 18.8% of those sixty-five or over.

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