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 905 sq. miles with an estimated 2016 population of 22,529 residents, which earns a median household income of $34,872. The civilian labor force of 9,378 works primarily in agribusiness, healthcare, energy and financial services. Unemployment in Union Parish is 6.5% (February 2016).
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.