Caldwell Parish

Caldwell Parish is located in the center of seven parishes in northcentral Louisiana; parish seat is Columbia.

Caldwell Parish is located in the center of seven parishes in northcentral Louisiana; parish seat is Columbia.

Caldwell Parish lies a few miles south of Monroe, Louisiana (Ouachita Parish) on Highway 165. It is the center of an area that abounds in beautiful scenery, fish-filled lakes, productive farming land and towering forests. Although one of the smaller parishes of the state in area and population, Caldwell Parish makes up in friendliness and hospitality for what it lacks in size.

The parish is approximately 24 miles square with the Ouachita River meandering from north to south, dividing the alluvial lands on the east from the hill country to the west with both sections being heavily timbered. Pine forests dominate the hills and ridges west of the river, while the east banks forests feature gum, oak, hickory and cypress. Adjacent parishes are Ouachita Parish (north), Richland Parish (northeast), Franklin Parish (east), Catahoua Paris (southeast), LaSalle Parish (south), Winn Parish (southwest, and Jackson Parish (northwest).

Parish Seat



Town of Clarks – Mayor Phyllis Holmes
Town of Columbia – Mayor Charles Simons
Town of Grayson – Mayor Carmen E. Head

Parish Government

Caldwell Parish Police Jury
P. O. Box 1737
Columbia, LA 71418
Telephone: (318) 649-2681
Fax: (318) 649-5930

President – Lanny Dark
Vice President – Charles Braddock
Secretary/Treasurer – Melvin Stephens

Police Jury Members
District 1: Gary Mott
District 2: Lanny Dark
District 3: Bobbie Harrison
District 4: Eddie Hearns
District 5: Archie Williams
District 6: Glenn Barnhill
District 7: Charles Braddock

More information about the Louisiana Police Jury

Contact this Parish

Town of Columbia
P. O. Box 10
Columbia, LA 71418
Telephone: (318) 649-6174
Fax: (318) 649-0758

For more information, contact the following partners listed in the partners section

  • Main Street Columbia
  • Caldwell Parish Industrial Development Board
  • Columbia Port Commission

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Quick Facts about Caldwell Parish
Land area 529.5 squares miles (338,856 acres)
Water area 11.3 square miles (7,235 acres)
Location Latitude 32.09 degrees North, Longitude 92.12 degrees West.
Estimated population (2011) 10,057
Major highways US Highway 165 and Louisiana Highway 4
In 2011 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $20,644.
Demographics for Caldwell Parish
People and Income Overview
(by place of residence)
Population (2011) 10,057
Growth (% since 2010) .07%
Households (2011) 4,976
Labor Force (persons in 2011) 4,132
Unemployment Rate (2011) 7.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2011) $22,111
Median Household Income (2011) $38,606
Poverty Rate (2011) 19.7%
High School Diploma or more – Adults 25+ (2000) 77.4%
Bachelor’s Degree or more – Adults 25+ (2000) 11.2%
Industry Overview (2011)
(by place of work)
Covered Employment 2,518
Average wage per job $29,380
Manufacturing – all jobs in Parish 4.2%
Average wage per job $33,228
Transportation and Warehousing – all jobs in Parish 2.5%
Average wage per job $63,128
Healthcare, Social Assistance – all jobs in Parish 24.9%
Average wage per job $32,656
Finance and Insurance – all jobs in Parish 4.9%
Average wage per job $49,504