Cankton is a village in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 362 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Opelousas–Eunice Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Cankton is located at 30°20′57″N 92°6′42″W / 30.34917°N 92.11167°W / 30.34917; -92.11167 (30.349149, -92.111571).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km), all land.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 484 people residing in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 86.0% White, 9.1% Black, 0.8% from some other race and 1.4% from two or more races. 2.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the census of 2000, there were 362 people, 154 households, and 97 families residing in the village. The population density was 178.7 inhabitants per square mile (68.9/km²). There were 161 housing units at an average density of 79.5 per square mile (30.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.20% White, 5.25% African American, 0.28% Asian, and 0.28% from two or more races.
There were 154 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the village, the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $22,500, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $26,731 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,225. About 19.8% of families and 26.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.8% of those under age 18 and 38.0% of those age 65 or over.