Robeline, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 31°41′27″N 93°18′15″W / 31.69083°N 93.30417°W / 31.69083; -93.30417
Village of Robeine
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Natchitoches
Elevation 151 ft (46 m)
Coordinates 31°41′27″N 93°18′15″W / 31.69083°N 93.30417°W / 31.69083; -93.30417
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 183 (2000)
Density 182.0 / sq mi (70.3 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Robeline in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Robeline is a village in western Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 183 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area.

According to a 2007 report, Robeline was named one of the ten worst speed traps in the state of Louisiana. Robeline made 85.73 percent of its revenue, an average of roughly $1,517 per capita population, from fines and forfeitures in the 2005 fiscal year. Motorists are strongly urged to drive under the speed limit when passing through Robeline.


Robeline is located at 31°41′27″N 93°18′15″W / 31.69083°N 93.30417°W / 31.69083; -93.30417 (31.690873, -93.304233).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all land. Robeline was the capital of Texas for 50 years. Robeline was owned by the Spanish and a creek formed the border between Spanish Texas and French Louisiana. During 1870-1917, a railroad was built through Robeline and Marthaville, Louisiana. The town was rich with resources and money, but the railroad was abandoned in 1960, and Robeline declined. It now has a convince store, dollar store, several churches, and considerable wilderness.
At one time, Robeline had a school, (Mascot was the Bulldogs) but due to a desegregation order in 1980, it was forced to close with Elementary students being consolidated with nearby Marthaville and High school students being sent into Natchitoches
Robeline is also home of the annual Robeline Heritage Festival. The Festival is held on the first weekend of October. Past performers at the festival have included several local musicians as well as Percy Sledge


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 183 people, 76 households, and 48 families residing in the village. The population density was 182.0 inhabitants per square mile (70.0/km²). There were 97 housing units at an average density of 96.5 per square mile (37.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 77.05% White, 17.49% African American and 5.46% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.19% of the population.

There were 76 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $13,036, and the median income for a family was $24,583. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $14,375 for females. The per capita income for the village was $10,468. About 28.6% of families and 38.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 34.0% of those sixty five or over.