Plain Dealing is a town in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States best known as the birthplace of former U.S. Representative Joe D. Waggonner, Jr. The population was 1,071 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Shreveport–Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Plain Dealing recorded the state's hottest temperature ever, 114 degrees, on August 10
The Plain Dealing Post newspaper was established in the 1980s by publisher Danny D. Scott of nearby Springhill.
Plain Dealing is located at (32.905898, -93.699896).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,071 people, 418 households, and 280 families residing in the town. The population density
was 673.0 people per square mile (260.1/km²). There were 481 housing units at an average density of 302.2/sq mi (116.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 55.28% White
, 42.67% African American
, 0.65% Native American
, 0.09% Asian
, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.47% of the population.
There were 418 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 20.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 81.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $24,706, and the median income for a family was $32,361. Males had a median income of $32,132 versus $25,455 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,906. About 23.6% of families and 26.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.9% of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Forrest Dunn, former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Shreveport and director of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum at the state fairgrounds
- Leon Sanders, Jr. (1913-2004), mayor of Plain Dealing from September 16, 1958—December 31, 1998. He worked for the completion of dams and lakes and the new city hall, constructed without additional taxation. Sanders owned and operated Sanders Department Store, which burned in 1999, causing the loss of valuable papers and irreplaceable items. Sanders' sister, Eloise S. Watkins (1910-1985), was a home economics teacher at Minden High School in neighboring Webster Parish.
- Wilburn Snyder (1923–2008), a Baptist minister in the Houston area and a survivor of the Bataan Death March in the Philippine Islands, was born in Plain Dealing.
- A.P. Tugwell (1889–1976), born in Plain Dealing, was the longest-serving Louisiana state treasurer.
- Joseph David "Joe" Waggonner, Jr. (1918–2007), a former U.S. Representative was born and interred in Plain Dealing.
- Willie E. Waggonner (1905-1976), former sheriff of Bossier Parish