Red River Parish Profile
Red River Parish has been transformed by the drilling and exploration of the Haynesville Shale. As a rural parish, Red River had relied primarily on agriculture and timber. Currently, the oil and gas industry has injected millions into local economies.

Red River Parish Nurtures a New Economy 

Named for the river that runs through Red River Parish, the economy of this parish until recently relied primary on agriculture, timber and forestry.  However, the discovery of the Haynesville Shale in northwest Louisiana has injected millions into the local economy.  Energy companies are setting up shop and drilling in Red River Parish. 

In 2010, ADA Carbon Solutions and Energy Capital Partners built a $350 million activated carbon manufacturing plant in Red River Parish near Coushatta, La.- the largest, most-automated carbon plant in North America.  The plant processes lignite mined at nearby Five Forks Mine into activated carbon, which is processed and shipped from a rail and logistics facility in Campti, La., near Natchitoches. The company employs 65 people with salaries in the range of $50,000-$65,000. The company also produced an estimated 299 new indirect jobs.  

Located in northwest Louisiana, Red River Parish covers 389 sq. miles and is divided by the Red River, defining two distinct sections: the rich river bottomlands on the west and the pine & oak uplands on the east.  With convenient access to Interstate-49 and the Red River, the parish supports an estimated 2017 population of 8,426 residents  and a civilian labor force of 3,718 who earns an median household income of $28,523.

Red River Parish Communities
Red River Parish Demographics
Red River Parish Workplace Statistics
Red River Parish Transportation Infrastructure
Red River Parish Major Employers
Tax Structure: Cost of Business


Red River Parish Communities 

• Coushatta - Parish Seat  • Hall Summit 
• Crichton • Lake End
• Edgefield • Martin
• Grand Bayou  


Red River Parish Population Demographics

  2010 Census  2017 Estimate 2022 Estimate
  Population 9,091 8,426 8,151
  Households 3,472 3,276 3,194
  Median Age (2017) 39.6
  5-Year Population Growth Projection (2022) (3.26%)
Race (2017 Estimate)
  White 58.12%
  African American 39.43%
  American Indian or Alaska Native 0.52%
  Asian 0.27%
  Other 1.65%
Income (2017 Estimate)
  Median Household Income $28,523
  Average Household Income $44,244
Educational Attainment (2017 Estimate)
  Some High School, No Diploma 18.83%
  High School Graduate 44.59%
  Associate Degree 20.34%
  Bachelor's Degree 8.04%
  Master's, Professional or Doctorate
Average Weekly Wage (Q3 2016)
  Average Weekly Wage $728
Source: Nielsen Segementation & Market Solutions, Pop-Fact Demographics 2017; Louisiana Workforce Commission

Red River Parish Transportation Infrastructure

Major Interstates     Interstate 49
Major Highways     US 71, US 84, US 371, LA 1
  • Red River Port - 2 miles
  • Port of Shreveport-Bossier - 33.1 miles
  • Port of Natchitoches - 23.1 miles
  • Greater Ouachita Port - 99.7 miles
Class 1 Railroads
  • Kansas City Railroad (KCS)
  • Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
  • Shreveport Regional Airport - 52.4
*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

2016 Parishwide Millage (Property Tax) Rate

100.1 mills*

Total Sales Taxes in Unincorporated Red River Parish


Total Sales Taxes in Coushatta


Total Sales Taxes in Hall Summit


* 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

Coushatta, LA

Named for an indian tribe, the parish seat of Red River Parish is Coushatta, Louisiana. Situated along US Highways 71 & 84, Coushatta is 40 miles from metropolitan Shreveport. 
Employers like Weyerhaeuser Company, International Paper Company, Almond Brothers Lumber Co. and now energy companies afford residents an excellent quality of life with exceptional education, medical facilities, and recreational opportunities.