Basile, Louisiana

Basile is a town in Acadia and Evangeline parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 1,821 at the 2010 census.[2]

Basile, Louisiana
Town of Basile
Location of Basile in Evangeline and Acadia Parishes, Louisiana.
Location of Basile in Evangeline and Acadia Parishes, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Basile is located in Louisiana
Location in Louisiana
Basile is located in the United States
Basile (the United States)
Basile is located in North America
Basile (North America)
Coordinates: 30°29′07″N 92°36′02″W / 30.48528°N 92.60056°W / 30.48528; -92.60056Coordinates: 30°29′07″N 92°36′02″W / 30.48528°N 92.60056°W / 30.48528; -92.60056
CountryUnited States
ParishesAcadia, Evangeline
 • Total1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Land1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total1,214
 • Density1,046.55/sq mi (404.00/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)337
FIPS code22-04580

The Acadia Parish portion of Basile is part of the Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Basile is located at 30°29′7″N 92°36′2″W / 30.48528°N 92.60056°W / 30.48528; -92.60056 (30.485148, -92.600589).[3]

Most of the city limits are located in Evangeline Parish with a small southern portion of the town being in Acadia Parish.

U.S. Highway 190 passes through the town with the towns of Elton (7 miles) and Kinder (16 miles) both being located to the west of the town, and Eunice located 11 miles (18 km) east. The city of Jennings, parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish is located 23 miles (37 km) south via LA-97 which intersects with U.S. 190 east of the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

2020 censusEdit

Basile racial composition[5]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 839 69.11%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 234 19.28%
Native American 6 0.49%
Asian 15 1.24%
Other/Mixed 63 5.19%
Hispanic or Latino 57 4.7%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,214 people, 570 households, and 345 families residing in the town.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,660 people, 629 households, and 417 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,455.5 people per square mile (562.2/km2). There were 696 housing units at an average density of 610.3 per square mile (235.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 81.08% White, 17.83% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 629 households, out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 30.7% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 29.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,922, and the median income for a family was $23,008. Males had a median income of $21,389 versus $13,603 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,568. About 30.3% of families and 31.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.7% of those under the age of 18 and 21.5% of those 65 and older.


Basile is also the location of the privately operated South Louisiana Correctional Facility.[7]


Public schools in Evangeline Parish are operated by the Evangeline Parish School Board. Two campuses serve the town of Basile - W.W. Stewart Elementary School (Grades PK-4) and Basile High School (Grades 5-12). The Basile High School mascot is the "Bearcat".

Basile was formerly home to a Methodist-run school for girls, the Evangeline Industrial Home, founded in 1922.[8]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Basile town, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-29.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Silja Talvi (2 November 2007). Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System. Seal Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-7867-5079-5.
  8. ^ Methodist Episcopal Church. Commission on Life Service (1921). News Bulletin of Personnel. Commission of Life Service of the Methodist Episcopal Church. p. 37.
  9. ^ Richard Carlin; Ronald Cohen (2005). Folk. Infobase Publishing. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-8160-6978-1.
  10. ^ Shane K. Bernard (2003). The Cajuns: Americanization of a People. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-60473-496-6.
  11. ^ The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press. 4 January 2012. pp. 385–6. ISBN 978-0-19-992083-9.
  12. ^ John Douglas Deshotel