saline lake

Saline, Louisiana

Saline is a village in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 296 at the 2000 census. Saline is pronounced: (Suh-leen).

Geography

Saline is located at (32.164170, -92.977127).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.1 km² (1.2 mi²), all land.

Saline looks like a step back into the past with buildings all of which have been there for about 30 years. The main road that runs through Saline is where all the businesses are located. The rest of the area is like one big neighborhood.

The biggest attraction to Saline is the Mill Creek Reservoir. Usually misnamed as Saline Lake, it is the biggest, easiest to access and safest body of water in Bienville Parish. The waters are fairly deep and were long ago cleared of trees and tree stumps, making it ideal for boating, skiing, knee-boarding and other water activities. The only danger in the area is the spillway which is a tower that raises about 50 feet off the water. It has a ladder that goes to the top and some people climb it to jump off--but it is very unsafe and has claimed lives.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 296 people, 111 households, and 85 families residing in the village. The population density was 96.9/km² (249.9/mi²). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 43.5/km² (112.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 74.66% White, 25.00% African American, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 111 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $26,500, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $26,458 versus $16,719 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,364. About 17.3% of families and 21.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 17.2% of those sixty five or over.

Arts and culture

Saline has a festival every summer called the Saline watermelon Festival. It attracts people from all over Louisiana including other states. The day starts off with a parade that consists of floats driven through town--always included is the winner of the Saline watermelon pageant--she rides on her own float the town provides. Watermelon pageant winners are picked before the festival.

A band also plays throughout the day. It's usually a low profile band that sings popular country music. People usually dance in front of where the band plays.

People can also participate in: Watermelon eating contests, watermelon rolling contests, seed spitting contests amongst other activities throughout the day.

Media

A portion of Saline is shown in the movie Blaze staring Paul Newman. The store Newman buys boots from in the movie is actually a business in Saline. The year the movie was set to be shot was also the year Saline had the biggest Watermelon festival it had ever seen before or has seen since which included a petting zoo.

Education

Saline has one school that consists of an elementary, middle and High School buildings.

References

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