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 2019 estimated population of 13,485 residents earns an median household income of $39,520. With a civilian labor force of 5,548 and an unemployment rate of 5.7% as of August 2019, 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  2020 Estimate  2025 Projection 
  Population 14,353 13,043 12,598
  Households 5,838 5,405 5,253
  Median Age (2020) 42.06
  5-Year Pop. Growth Projection (2020-2025) -3.41%
Race (2020 Estimate)
  White 55.27%
  African American 41.52%
  American Indian or Alaska Native 0.40%
  Asian 0.35%
  Other 2.47%
Income (2020 Estimate)
  Median Household Income $36,901
  Average Household Income $53,933
Educational Attainment (2020 Estimate)
  Some High School, No Diploma 11.04%
  High School Graduate 42.44%
  Some College, No Degree 23.61%
  Associate's Degree 6.30%
  Bachelor's Degree 7.84%
  Master's, Professional or Doctorate
Average Weekly Wage (Q2 2019)
  Average Weekly Wage $780
Source: Environics Analytics (EA). Claritas - Pop-Facts Premier 2020, Claritas. 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
2018 Parishwide Millage (Property Tax) Rate 97.57 mills*
Total Sales Taxes in unincorporated Bienville Parish 7.45%**
Total Sales Taxes in Arcadia 9.95%
Total Sales Taxes in Castor 8.45%
Total Sales Tax in Gibsland 9.45%
Total Sales Taxes in Ringgold 9.45%
Total Sales Taxes in Saline 8.45%
* 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 4.5% 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.

Bienville Parish Liaison

For more information about Bienville, contact our staff liaison.

Angie White, Senior Vice President
Telephone: 318.677.2559