Steeped in history but poised for future growth, DeSoto Parish represents the melding of the past and the present. As the site of the historic Battle of Mansfield, DeSoto Parish is also the current site of extensive oil/gas exploration in the heart of the Haynesville Shale. Communities in DeSoto Parish are experiencing boom times harkening back to times past.
Located in northwest Louisiana, DeSoto Parish covers 894 sq. miles of land and is conveniently situated on the I-49. The parish boasts a population of 26,656 residents earning an average household income of $39,350.
Existing and prospective companies considering DeSoto Parish will find a civilian labor force of 11,357 and an unemployment rate of 8.1% (September 2012). Interstate 49, U.S. 87, U.S. 371, and LA 5 offer convenient access to three nearby ports and airports. Two Class 1 railroads also connect DeSoto to the rest of the world.
DeSoto Workplace Statistics
DeSoto Transportation Infrastructure
DeSoto Major Employers
Tax Structure: Cost of Business
(2010 U.S. Census)
Median Male Age
Median Female Age
5 Year Population Projection
26,854 to 28,996
American Indian or Alaska Native
Median Household Income
Average Household Income
Per Capita Income
Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Sept. 2012
White Collar Jobs
Blue Collar Jobs
Diploma or Higher (Age 25+)
High School Graduate
Master’s or Doctorate
Weekly Wages- 3Q 2010
Average Weekly Wage
*Based on distance from parish seat
**All North Louisiana Ports are connected to deepwater ports.
99.41 - 116.82 Mills*
Total Sales Taxes in Desoto Parish
Total Sales Taxes in Logansport
Total Sales Taxes in Mansfield
Total Sales Taxes in Stonewall
* To calculate property tax, multiply the assessed value of the property by the appropriate millage rate. The assessed value is the fair market value of the property times 10% for real property or 15% for personal property.
** Sales taxes include a 4% state tax along with a local portion