Baskin Veterans Memorial
Location of Baskin in Franklin Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
|• Total||1.33 sq mi (3.45 km2)|
|• Land||1.33 sq mi (3.45 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||72 ft (22 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||246|
|• Density||184.55/sq mi (71.25/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
Baskin is a village in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 254 at the 2010 census, up from 188 at the 2000 census. Baskin is located north of the parish seat of Winnsboro.
Baskin was named in honor of Dr. Adolphus McDuffie Baskin, a pioneer settler.
Baskin holds the dubious distinction of being the town in Louisiana which derives the most revenue from traffic fines and forfeitures, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. Traffic fines and forfeitures account for 84% of the town's budget.
As of the census of 2000, there were 188 people, 77 households, and 47 families residing in the village. The population density was 140.6 inhabitants per square mile (54.2/km²). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 64.3 per square mile (24.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.68% White, 2.66% African American, 0.53% Native American, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.
There were 77 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the village, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 77.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.5 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $18,000, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $12,321 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,034. About 22.0% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under the age of eighteen and 31.7% of those sixty five or over.
The Baskin High School women's basketball team holds the record for longest winning streak in organized sports. The Lady Rams won 218 consecutive games from 1948 to 1953—a span of six years. Once the streak was broken, another 71 game streak continued. In the span of ten years, the Lady Rams led by Hall of Fame coach, Edna "Tiny" Tarbutton, would go 315 and 2 with 9 state titles and an average winning margin of more than 30 points. In 1993, Tarbutton was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame located in Natchitoches.
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- Baskin Progress Community Progress Site for Baskin, LA