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:
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 Workplace Statistics
Morehouse Transportation Infrastructure
Morehouse Major Employers
Tax Structure: Cost of Business
(2010 U.S. Census)
Median Male Age
Median Female Age
5 Year Population Projection
26,818 to 31,419
American Indian or Alaska Native
Median Household Income
Average Household Income
Per Capita Income
Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Sept. 2012
White Collar Jobs
Blue Collar Jobs
Diploma or Higher (Age 25+)
High School Graduate
Master’s or Doctorate
Weekly Wages- 3Q 2010
Average Weekly Wage
*Based on distance from parish seat
**All North Louisiana Ports are connected to deepwater ports.
State Corporate Income Tax
State Corporate Franchise Tax
Unemployment Insurance Tax
77.28 - 95.45 Mills*
Total Sales Taxes in Morehouse Parish
Total Sales Taxes in Bastrop
Total Sales Taxes in Mer Rouge
Total Sales Taxes in Bonita
* 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