Union Parish Profile
Beautiful Lake D'Arbonne, a 15,200-acre man-made lake, is just one of the reasons why Union Parish is fast becoming a tourist and retirement destination. Union Parish is designated a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community. Situated near Lake D'Arbonne, Farmerville experienced a residential development boom as individuals built their second homes or retirement homes along the lake.

Union Parish Offers Logistical Advantages 

As part of the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), Union Parish ranks No. 4 in economic development according to Site Selection magazine (2011). The parish is strategically positioned at the crossroads of the Mid-South, one of the fastest growing regions of the United States.  At the midpoint between Dallas and Birmingham, Little Rock and New Orleans, and Houston and Memphis, Union Parish can access more than 30 million consumers via Interstate 20, US 167, LA 2 and LA 33.  Air service, Class 1 Rail, and the Greater Ouachita Port offer multimodal transportation options.  

Located in northeast Louisiana, Union Parish covers  877 sq. miles with an estimated 2016 population of 22,443 residents, which earns a median household income of $35,763. The civilian labor force of 9,207 works primarily in agribusiness, healthcare, energy and financial services. Unemployment in Union Parish is 6.1% (February 2017).

Union Parish’s economy had focused primarily on harvesting timber, cotton, corn and beans.  Over the years, Union Parish has diversified its industries, adding agribusiness or poultry growing and processing, healthcare, retail businesses, petroleum pipeline construction, and timber processing and transport.  As a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community, the parish is also quickly becoming home to retirees, who are drawn to the shores of beautiful Lake D’Arbonne and to the relaxed lifestyle in this corner of the South.


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

Union Parish Communities

• Bernice • Marion
• Downsville • Spearsville
• Farmerville- Parish Seat • Shiloh
• Junction City • Point
• Lillie  

 

Union Parish Population Demographics

Demographics
  2010 Census  2017 Estimate 2022 Estimate
  Population 22,721 22,443 22,559
  Households 9,144 9,150 9,262
  Median Age (2017) 42.0
  5-Year Population Growth Projection (2022) 0.52%
Race (2017 Estimate)
  White 70.49%
  African American 25.17%
  American Indian or Alaska Native 0.35%
  Asian 0.18%
  Other 3.71%
Income (2017 Estimate)
  Median Household Income $35,763
  Average Household Income $50,965
Educational Attainment (2017 Estimate)
  Some High School, No Diploma 12.18%
  High School Graduate 43.80%
  Some College or Associate Degree 27.33%
  Bachelor's Degree 7.66%
  Master's, Professional or Doctorate
3.89%
Average Weekly Wage (Q3 2016)
  Average Weekly Wage $576
Source: Nielsen Segementation & Market Solutions, Pop-Fact Demographics 2017; Louisiana Workforce Commission
 

Union Parish Transportation Infrastructure

Major Interstates     Interstate 20 nearby
Major Highways     US 63, US 167, LA 2, LA 15, LA 33
Ports
  • Red River Port - 103 miles
  • Port of Shreveport-Bossier - 104 miles
  • Port of Natchitoches - 88.5 miles
  • Greater Ouachita Port - 31.2 miles
Class 1 Railroads
  • Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
  Airports
  • Monroe Regional Airport - 36.5 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 claimant's previous wage earnings for 26 weeks

2016 Parishwide Millage (Property Tax) Rate
 

80.3 mills*

Total Sales Taxes in Unincorporated Union Parish

10.00%**

Total Sales Taxes in Bernice

 12.00%

Total Sales Taxes in Farmerville

12.00%

Total Sales Taxes in Marion

11.00%

Total Sales Taxes in Junction City

11.00%
* 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


Farmerville, LA


As the parish seat of Union Parish, Farmerville survived what some called an "economic tsunami." 
 
In 2009 the parish's largest employer, Pilgrim's Pride, closed its poultry processing facility, displacing more than a thousand employees and threatening the livelihoods of countless area growers. 
 
However, state and local leaders rallied together to recruit Foster Farms to reopen the Farmerville facility and to create 1,100 jobs. 
 
The Foster Farms Project was ranked by Trade and Industry Development as one of the top 15 projects in the country with immense community impact in 2010. Read More