The historic courthouse square in Bastrop, Louisiana remains the heart of Morehouse Parish. The City of Bastrop's Main Street Program spearheaded an extensive revitalization project, which included restoring the original storefront facades. The courthouse square plays host to many ommunity activities such as Music on Main Street concert series and Witch Way to Main Street during Halloween.
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Morehouse Parish: The Economic Engine That Can

Built on determination and perseverance, Morehouse Parish emerged stronger and more diversified after losing its main employer in 2008.  After the shutdown of International Paper, the community rallied together to reinvent itself and re-envision its future.  Today, Morehouse's economy has diversified beyond forestry and farming to include:

  • Value-added agribusinesses
  • Plastics automotive
  • Specialty chemicals 
  • Plastic injection molding
  • Wood molding
  • Industrial fabrication and maintenance
  • Transportation/warehousing

Located in northeast Louisiana, Morehouse Parish covers 805 sq. miles, with a population of 27,979 residents. The civilian labor force of 11,437 earns an average household income of $39,230.

The parish offers the location advantages of a rural community adjacent to the Monroe metropolitan labor market area. The labor market has many skilled workers, including machinists, molders, processors, welders, mechanics, and other technicians that have experience in paper manufacturing, specialty chemicals, plastic injection molding, wood molding, and industrial fabrication and maintenance.

Businesses in Morehouse Parish can access Interstate 20 ( a major east-west corridor) via four-laned U.S. 165. The AL&M Railroad offers daily switching to KCS and UP rail yards in Monroe.

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

 


Morehouse Parish Communities

• Bastrop-Parish Seat  • Collinston 
• Mer Rouge • Oak Ridge
• Bonita  


Morehouse Parish Population Demographics

Demographics

  2010 Census 2014 Estimate

Population

27,979

27,413

Households

10,853

10,774

Median Age

37.7

38.7

5 Year Population Projection

-0.73%

Race

  2010 Census 2014 Estimate

White

14,345

13,644

African American

13,133

13,112

American Indian or Alaska Native

36

54

Asian

102

137

Other

349

90

      Hispanic Ethnicity

225

314

Income

  2010 Census 2014 Estimate

Median Household Income

$27,995

$31,876

Average Household Income

$39,230

$42,703

Per Capita Income

$15,324

 
Source: Nielsen Site Reports, Demographic Snapshot 2014 Report
 

Morehouse Parish Workplace Statistics

Workforce (July 2014)

Civilian Labor

11,430

Employed

10,225

Unemployed

1,175

Unemployment rate

10.3%

Occupational Classification (2014)

White Collar Jobs

50%

Service Jobs

23.3%

Blue Collar Jobs

26.7%

Educational Attainment (2014)

High School Graduate

41.8%

Associate Degree

3.4%

Bachelor’s Degree

8.9%

Master’s or Doctorate

2.2%

Weekly Wages- 3Q 2010

Average Weekly Wage

$554

Source: La. Workforce Commission; Nielsen Site Reports, Demographic Snapshot 2014 Report

Morehouse Parish Transportation Infrastructure 

Major Interstates  Interstate 20 nearby
Major Highways US 165, US 425, LA 2, LA 139 
Ports
  • Red River Port - 139  miles
  • Port of Shreveport-Bossier - 140 miles
  • Port of Natchitoches - 116 miles
  • Greater Ouachita Port - 28.9 miles
Class 1 Railroads
  • Kansas City Railroad (KCS)
  Airports
  • Monroe Memorial Airport - 1 mile
  • Monroe Regional Airport - 22.2 miles

 

*Based on distance from parish seat
**All North Louisiana Ports are connected to deepwater ports.

 

Morehouse Parish Major Employers

Private Employers

Employees
Morehouse General Hospital

299

Cherry Ridge Guest Care LLC

120 

Summerlin Lane Nursing Homes

101 

Public Employers  
Morehouse Parish School Board

721

City of Bastrop

163

 

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
  • Tax rates for individuals filing single, married, filing separately, or head of household 

Unemployment Insurance Tax

  • Standard rate range is .10% - 6.2%
  • Rate for new employers is the average rate for the particular industry
  • Maximum unemployment weekly benefit is $258 for 26 weeks

Parish Property
 

 77.28 - 95.45 Mills*

Total Sales Taxes in Unincorporated Morehouse Parish

 8.00%**

Total Sales Taxes in Bastrop

 Including Dist. 1 - 10.00%

 Excluding Dist. 1 - 9.50%

Total Sales Taxes in Mer Rouge 

 9.50%

Total Sales Taxes in Bonita

 9.50%

Total Sales Taxes in Colliston

 9.50%

Total Sales Taxes in Oak Ridge

 7.50%
* 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% state tax along with a local portion