Lincoln Parish Profile
Lincoln Parish is home to two major universities, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University. The intellectual capital provided by these universities fosters a culture of innovation. As part of its efforts to cultivate a knowledge economy and to nurture R&D, Louisiana Tech University launched a new research park called Enterprise Campus (pictured here).

Lincoln Parish: Positioned for Progress

Known as one of the most affluent and progressive areas in the state, Lincoln Parish capitalizes on its incredible mix of assets: two major universities including a nationally known research university; a strategic location along Interstate 20; and visionary leadership. 
Lincoln Parish covers 472 sq. miles of land with an estimated 2017 population of 48,121 residents. The civilian labor force of 20,444 earns median household income of $34,718. Unemployment in Lincoln Parish stands at 5.6% (February 2017).  

As the parish seat, Ruston boasts one of the strongest economies in Louisiana. Two major universities, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, form the underpinnings of a well-rounded economy based on education, natural resources, retail and service, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture and banking and financial services. Striving to position itself for the next century, the City of Ruston led by Mayor Ronny Walker is implementing a re-envisioning plan called Ruston Re-Imagined.  Mayor Walker has also committed to $120 million worth of projects over the next 20 years which will include infrastructure improvements, economic development, bike and running trails, and a sports complex.

Spearheaded by Louisiana Tech University,  a top tier research institution,  Lincoln Parish is cultivating a knowledge economy driven by innovation and technology.  Tech's newest  Enterprise Campus combines R&D with economic development.    

Lincoln Communities
Lincoln Demographics
Lincoln Workplace Statistics
Lincoln Transportation Infrastructure
Tax Structure: Cost of Business

Lincoln Parish Communities

• Ruston • Choudrant 
• Grambling • Simsboro
• Dubach • Vienna
• Downsville  

Lincoln Parish Population Demographics

  2010 Census  2017 Estimate 2022 Estimate
  Population 46,735 48,121 49,459
  Households 17,599 18,375 19,029
  Median Age (2017) 28.3
  5-Year Population Growth Projection (2022) 2.78%
Race (2017 Estimate)
  White 53.25%
  African American 41.72%
  American Indian or Alaska Native 0.37%
  Asian 1.70%
  Other 2.96%
Income (2017 Estimate)
  Median Household Income $34,718
  Average Household Income $56,346
Educational Attainment (2017 Estimate)
  Some High School, No Diploma 10.82%
  High School Graduate 28.16%
  Some College or Associate Degree 23.30%
  Bachelor's Degree 20.25%
  Master's, Professional or Doctorate
Average Weekly Wage (Q3 2016)
  Average Weekly Wage $689

Source: Nielsen Segementation & Market Solutions, Pop-Fact Demographics 2017; Louisiana Workforce Commission


Lincoln Parish Transportation Infrastructure

Major Interstates     Interstate 20
Major Highways     US 80, US 167, LA 33
  • Red River Port - 68.8 miles
  • Port of Shreveport-Bossier - 82.9 miles
  • Port of Natchitoches - 65 miles
  • Greater Ouachita Port - 31.2 miles
Class 1 Railroads
  • Kansas City Railroad (KCS)


  • Ruston Regional Airport - 3.5 miles
  • Monroe Regional Airport - 37.4 miles
  • Shreveport Regional Airport - 74.6


*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 earning for 26 weeks

2016 Parishwide Millage (Property Tax) Rate

77.7 mills*

Total Sales Taxes in Unincorporated Lincoln Parish


Total Sales Taxes in Choudrant 9.25%

Total Sales Taxes in Dubach


Total Sales Taxes in Grambling


Total Sales Taxes in Grambling EDD


Total Sales Taxes in Ruston


* 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

Ruston, LA

As the home of the Squire Creek Peach Festival, Ruston boasts a population of 21,859, a 6.4% increase from a decade ago.
Ruston is positioning itself to seize its future and realize its full potential through the Ruston 21 Comprehensive Plan. 
The City is revitalizing its historic downtown, strengthening partnerships with university and industry leaders, and enhancing research, educational and economic opportunities for residents.