De Soto Parish Profile
The historic DeSoto Parish Courthouse symbolizes the rich history of the parish, where many Civil War battles were fought. Built in 1911, the two-story brick building is on the National Registry of Historic Places. In 1997, the citizens of DeSoto Parish voted to fund the renovation of the courthouse and annex. Today, the courthouse remains a working building for many parish agencies.

DeSoto Parish: Positioned for Economic Growth

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 875 sq. miles of land and is conveniently situated on the I-49.  The parish boasts an estimated 2019 population of 27,479 residents earning a median household income of $46,241

Existing and prospective companies considering DeSoto Parish will find a civilian labor force of 10,571 and an unemployment rate of 6.2% (August 2019).  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 Communities
DeSoto Demographics
DeSoto Workplace Statistics
DeSoto Transportation Infrastructure
DeSoto Major Employers
Tax Structure: Cost of Business


DeSoto Parish Communities

• Mansfield-Parish Seat • Grand Cane 
• Keachie • South Mansfield
• Stonewall • Longstreet
• Logansport • Stanley

DeSoto Parish Population Demographics

  2010 Census  2019 Estimate 2024 Estimate
  Population 26,656 27,479 28,067
  Households 10,562 11,113 11,430
  Median Age (2019) 40.1
  5-Year Population Growth Projection (2024) 2.14%
Race (2019 Estimate)
  White 60.58%
  African American 35.48%
  American Indian or Alaska Native 1.02%
  Asian 0.48%
  Other 2.44%
Income (2019 Estimate)
  Median Household Income $46,241
  Average Household Income $65,798
Educational Attainment (2019 Estimate)
  Some High School, No Diploma 13.74%
  High School Graduate 40.39%
  Some College or Associate Degree 27.68%
  Bachelor's Degree 9.67%
  Master's, Professional or Doctorate
Average Weekly Wage (Q1 2019)
  Average Weekly Wage $1,044
Source: Nielsen Segementation & Market Solutions, Pop-Fact Demographics 2019; Louisiana Workforce Commission


DeSoto Transportation Infrastructure

Major Interstates       Interstate 49
Major Highways       US 87, US 371, LA 5
  • Red River Port - 24.6 miles
  • Port of Shreveport-Bossier - 26.8 miles
  • Port of Natchitoches - 48.9 miles
  • Greater Ouachita Port - 133 mile
Class 1 Railroads
  • Kansas City Railroad (KCS)
  • Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
  • CE'RUSTY" Williams Airport - 5.5 miles
  • Shreveport Regional Airport - 38.1 miles


*Based on distance from parish seat

**All North Louisiana Ports are connected to deepwater ports.

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

2018 Parishwide Millage (Property Tax) Rate

112.1 mills*

Total Sales Taxes in Unincorporated Desoto Parish


Total Sales Taxes in Logansport


Total Sales Taxes in Mansfield


Total Sales Taxes in South Mansfield


Total Sales Taxes in Grand Cane


Total Sales Taxes in Keatchie


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 5% state tax along with a local portion

Mansfield, LA

As the parish seat for DeSoto Parish, the City of Mansfield is the hub of much of the current economic activity stimulated by the oil/gas drilling in the Haynesville Shale. 
Known as the most productive shale in the nation, the Haynesville Shale has injected millions into the local, regional and state economy.