As part of the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), Union Parish ranks No. 4 in economic development according to Site Selection magazine (2011). The parish is strategically positioned at the crossroads of the Mid-South, one of the fastest growing regions of the United States. At the midpoint between Dallas and Birmingham, Little Rock and New Orleans, and Houston and Memphis, Union Parish can access more than 30 million consumers via Interstate 20, US 167, LA 2 and LA 33. Air service, Class 1 Rail, and the Greater Ouachita Port offer multimodal transportation options.
Located in northeast Louisiana, Union Parish covers 905sq. miles with a population of 22,721 residents, which earns an average household income of $41,280. The civilian labor force of 9,870 works primarily in agribusiness, healthcare, entergy and financial services . Unemployment in Union Parish is 6.8% (September 2012).
Union Parish’s economy had focused primarily on harvesting timber, cotton, corn and beans. Over the years, Union Parish has diversified its industries, adding agribusiness or poultry growing and processing, healthcare, retail businesses, petroleum pipeline construction, and timber processing and transport. As a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community, the parish is also quickly becoming home to retirees, who are drawn to the shores of beautiful Lake D’Arbonne and to the relaxed lifestyle in this corner of the South.
Union Parish Communities
Union Parish Demographics
Union Parish Workplace Statistics
Union Parish Transportation Infrastructure
Union Parish Major Employers
Tax Structure: Cost of Business
(2010 U.S. Census)
Median Male Age
Median Female Age
5 Year Population Projection
22,947 to 24,906
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.
State Corporate Income Tax
State Corporate Franchise Tax
Unemployment Insurance Tax
59.20 - 64.09 Mills*
Total Sales Taxes in Union Parish
Total Sales Taxes in Bernice
Total Sales Taxes in Farmerville
Total Sales Taxes in Marion
* 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