Jackson Parish Profile
Jackson Parish offers various recreational and tourist attractions from Caney Lake and the Jimmie Davis State Park to the Christmas Wonderland in the Pines. The Town of Jonesboro hosts an annual Christmas extravaganza that attracts thousands of visitors each year. With 9 million lights, the Christmas festival rivals any holiday display anywhere in the state.

Jackson Parish: Expanding Opportunities

Located in north central Louisiana, Jackson Parish covers 569 sq. miles of land with convenient access to Interstate 20, U.S. 167, LA 4 and LA 34. With an estimated 2019 population of 15,761 residents, Jackson Parish is nestled in the piney hills of Louisiana. The civilian labor force of 6,545 earns a median household income of $39,086. Unemployment in Jackson Parish stands at 4.8% (August 2019).

Known as the "Sunshine Parish,"  Jackson Parish plays tribute to former Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis, who wrote the famous song, "You Are My Sunshine."  Whether it's hunting in pine tree forests or fishing off the waters of Caney Lake, or hiking through Jimmie Davis State Park,  Jackson Parish offers a host of recreational and tourist attractions.  The Town of Jonesboro hosts an annual Christmas extravaganza, which attracts thousands of visitors each holiday season. 

While Jackson Parish grows its tourism industry, the backbone of its economy lies in the parish's thick piney groves.  The timber industry represents the parish's largest employer.  RockTenn which recently acquired Smurfit Stone is the largest private employer in Jackson Parish, employing 500 workers at its containerboard mill in Hodge, LA.  

Jackson Communities 
Jackson Demographics 
Jackson Workplace Statistics 
Jackson Transportation Infrastructure 
Jackson Major Employers
Tax Structure: Cost of Doing Business 


Jackson Parish Communities

• Jonesboro • North Hodge 
• Chatham • Quitman
• Hodge • Eros
• East Hodge  

Jackson Parish Population Demographics

  2010 Census  2019 Estimate 2024 Estimate
  Population 16,274 15,761 15,690
  Households 6,261 6,122 6,119
  Median Age (2019) 40.9
  5-Year Population Growth Projection (2024) (0.45%)
Race (2019 Estimate)
  White 68.12%
  African American 28.65%
  American Indian or Alaska Native 0.42%
  Asian 0.28%
  Other 2.53%
Income (2019 Estimate)
  Median Household Income $39,086
  Average Household Income $53,699
Educational Attainment (2019 Estimate)
  Some High School, No Diploma 13.26%
  High School Graduate 43.44%
  Some College or Associate Degree 23.16%
  Bachelor's Degree 8.81%
  Master's, Professional or Doctorate
Average Weekly Wage (Q1 2019)
  Average Weekly Wage $753
Source: Nielsen Segementation & Market Solutions, Pop-Fact Demographics 2019; Louisiana Workforce Commission

Jackson Parish Transportation Infrastructure


Major Interstates       Interstate 20
Major Highways       US 167, LA 4, LA 34
  • Red River Port - 58.7 miles
  • Port of Shreveport-Bossier - 93.8 miles
  • Port of Natchitoches - 50.4 miles
  • Greater Ouachita Port - 45.2 miles
Class 1 Railroads
  • Kansas City Railroad (KCS)


  • Jonesboro Airport - 1.6 miles
  • Shreveport Regional Airport - 85.5 miles
  • Monroe Regional Airport -  52.5 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 calaimant's previous wage earnings for 26 weeks
2018 Parishwide Millage (Property Tax) Rate

107.4 mills*

Total Sales Tax in Jackson Parish


Total Sales Tax in Jonesboro


Total Sales Tax in Hodge


Total Sales Tax in Eros


* 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

Jonesboro, LA

Located right off of U.S. 167, the Town of Jonesboro serves as the parish seat for Jackson Parish and offers all the amenities you'll find in larger cities but without the hustle and bustle of city life.
Jonesboro is home to "Christmas Wonderland in the Pines," which kicks off the first Saturday after Thanksgiving with a parade, the lighting of the Christmas light displays and a grand fireworks show.