Bienville Parish Profile

Klepler Lake is just one of the many recreational options available in Bienville Parish. Communities here pride themselves on achieving an enjoyable quality of life that balances hard work with recreation. Rich in tradition and heritage, Bienville Parish also offers a progressive future. Its strategic location along Interstate 20 provides easy access for companies.

Bienville Parish: Expanding North Louisiana Business Horizons

Located in North Central Louisiana, Bienville Parish covers 811 sq. miles with convenient access to Interstate 20. Its 2017 estimated population of 13,667 residents earns an median household income of $35,779. With a civilian labor force of 5,514 and an unemployment rate of 6.6% as of February 2017, Bienville Parish offers employers a qualified and hardworking workforce.
Known as the place where notorious outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde, meet their end in a shoot out with a sheriff's posse in 1934, Beinville Parish also boast the highest natural point in Louisiana, Mt. Driskill at an elevation of 535 feet.  Bienville is steeped in tradition but looking forward to a bright future. Learn about sites and buildings in Bienville Parish. 

Bienville Parish Communities 

• Arcadia-Parish Seat
• Jamestown
• Bienville City
• Lucky
• Bryceland
• Mount Lebanon
• Gibsland
• Ringgold
• Castor
• Saline

Bienville Parish Population Demographics 

  2010 Census  2017 Estimate 2022 Estimate
  Population 14,353 13,667 13,493
  Households 5,838 5,670 5,647
  Median Age (2017) 41.8
  5-Year Population Growth Projection (2022) (1.27%)
Race (2017 Estimate)
  White 55.72%
  African American 41.26%
  American Indian or Alaska Native 0.34%
  Asian 0.37%
  Other 2.32%
Income (2017 Estimate)
  Median Household Income $35,779
  Average Household Income $52,295
Educational Attainment (2017 Estimate)
  Some High School, No Diploma 13.40%
  High School Graduate 41.44%
  Some College or Associate Degree 26.43%
  Bachelor's Degree 8.11%
  Master's, Professional or Doctorate
Average Weekly Wage (Q3 2016)
  Average Weekly Wage $715
Source: Nielsen Segementation & Market Solutions, Pop-Fact Demographics 2017; Louisiana Workforce Commission

Bienville Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure

Major Interstates      Interstate 20
Major Highways      US 80, US 371, LA 4, LA9
  • Red River Port - 57.1 miles
  • Port of Shreveport Bossier - 66.7
  • Port of Natchitoches - 59 miles
  • Greater Ouachita Port - 48.4 miles
Class 1 Railroads
  • Kansas City Railroad (KCS)
  • Louisiana & North West Railroad (LNW)
  • Shreveport Regional Airport - 58.4 miles
  • Monroe Regional Airport - 53.7 miles

Tax Structure: Cost of Doing Business

State Corporate Income Tax
  • 4% on the first $25,000 of net income
  • 5% on the next $25,000
  • 6% on the next $50,000
  • 7% on the next $100,000
  • 8% on the excess of $200,000
  • Louisiana uses single sales factor
State Corporate Franchise Tax
  • $1.50 per $1,000 or major fraction thereof up to $300,000
  • $3.00 per $1,000 or major fraction thereof in excess of $300,000
  • The initial corporation franchise tax is $110.
Unemployment Insurance Tax
  • The 2017 wage base is $7,700
  • Standard rate range is .10% - 6.2%
  • Rate for new employers is the average rate for the particular industry
  • Maximum unemployment weekly benefit is 1/2 of the claimant's previous wage earnings for 26 weeks
2016 Parishwide Millage (Property Tax) Rate 112.7 mills*
Total Sales Taxes in unincorporated Bienville Parish 8.00%**
Total Sales Taxes in Arcadia 10.50%
Total Sales Taxes in Castor 9.00%
Total Sales Tax in Gibsland 10.00%
Total Sales Taxes in Ringgold 10.00%
Total Sales Taxes in Saline 9.00%
* 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 5% state tax along with a local portion

Arcadia, LA

As the parish seat of Bienville Parish, Arcadia, Louisiana offers "small town charm" with big city assets. 
Arcadia has a proud heritage and a reputation of achieving a good balance of quality economic development and superior public services while maintaining that friendly small town atmosphere. 
Arcadia is an excellent place to live, work, or visit. It is a town rich with history and poised for the future; a town with established traditions and high expectations.