Known as one of the most affluent and progressive areas in the state, Lincoln Parish offers a strategic location along Interstate 20, a top quality of life and visionary leadership.
Lincoln Parish covers 472 sq. miles of land with an estimated 2016 population of 47,887 residents. The civilian labor force of 19,864 earns median household income of $34,403. Unemployment in Lincoln Parish stands at 4.2% (December 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 Tier 1 National University, Lincoln Parish is cultivating a knowledge economy driven by innovation and technology. Tech’s newest Enterprise Campus combines R&D with economic development.