|Elevation||46 ft (14 m)|
|Area||3.0 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|- land||3.0 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|- water||0.0 km2 (0 sq mi)|
|Density||606.0 / km2 (1,569.5 / sq mi)|
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Basile is located at (30.485148, -92.600589).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2), all land.
As of the census 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.
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"
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