Franklin Parish

Franklin Parish is located in the center of several parishes in northeast Louisiana; parish seat is Winnsboro.

Franklin Parish is located in the center of several parishes in northeast Louisiana; parish seat is Winnsboro.

The parish lies within Louisiana Cotton Country…and is adjacent to Richland Parish (north & northwest); Madison Parish (northeast); Tensas Parish (southeast); Catahoula Parish (south) and Caldwell Parish (west). Visitors enjoy miles of landscape that blossoms with the whiteness of a snowfall around harvest time. In fact, the earliest settlement came about when a keelboat ran aground on Little Boeuf River. On board was a humdinger of a cotton gin, able to produce four bales a day! Unable to get the boat off the sandbar, the boatmen “made lemonade out of lemons” and founded a new settlement. The parish seat and largest town in the parish is Winnsboro, located 20 miles south of Interstate 20. The town hosts an annual Catfish Festival and a Fall Harvest Festival. Outdoor recreation is found in the Boeuf area and on Turkey Creek Lake. The parish’s quiet country roads with cattle grazing in bordering fields are peaceful avenues into rural Louisiana. For more information, contact: Franklin Parish Tourist Commission: (318) 435-7607. A regional commerce “hub” for surrounding communities both within and without Franklin Parish, it is the heart of “Cotton Country” in northeast Louisiana , and a place where “country living” is more than just a metaphor. It also displays the largest US flag in the state.

Parish Seat



Town of Baskin – Mayor Billy Joe Cupp
Town of Gilbert – Mayor Mike Stephens
Town of Winnsboro – Mayor Jackie Johnson
Town of Wisner – Mayor Allyn Jean Luckett

Parish Government

Franklin Parish Police Jury
6558 Main Street
Winnsboro, LA 71293
Telephone: (318) 435-9429
Fax: (318) 435-9420

President – Rickey Campbell
Vice President – Kay W. Parks
Secretary – Christina Hardwick

Police Jury Members
District 1: Ricky Campbell
District 2: K. W. Parks
District 3: James Harris
District 4: Troy Hendry
District 5: Leroy Scott
District 6: W. H. “Rawhide” Robinson
District 7: Joe Lewis

More information about the Louisiana Police Jury

Contact this Parish

Franklin Parish Tourist Commission
3840 Front St.
Winnsboro, LA 71295
(318) 435-7607

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

  • Winnsboro – Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce
  • Winnsboro Main Street
  • Franklin Parish Economic Development Corporation

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Quick Facts about Franklin Parish
Land area 623.4 square miles (398,990 acres)
Water area 12.1 square miles (7,719 acres)
Location Latitude 32.14 Degrees North, Longitude 91.67 degrees West.
Estimated population (2011) 20,785
Major highways Louisiana Highways 4, 15, and 17.
In 2011 health care was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $20,785.
Demographics for Franklin Parish
People and Income Overview
(by place of residence)
Population (2011) 20,785
Growth (since 2010) 0.1%
Households (2011) 9,061
Labor Force (persons in 2011) 6,787
Unemployment Rate (2011) 11.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2011) $19,737
Median Household Income (2011) $34,105
Poverty Rate (2011) 28.1%
High School Diploma or more – Adults 25+ (2011) 63.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or more – Adults 25+ (2011) 11.4%
Industry Overview (2011)
(by place of work)
Covered Employment 5,136
Average wage per job $27,456
Manufacturing – all jobs in Parish 5.3%
Average wage per job $19,552
Transportation and Warehousing – all jobs in Parish 3.1%
Average wage per job $27,612
Healthcare, Social Assistance – all jobs in Parish 23.9%
Average wage per job $31,044
Finance and Insurance – all jobs in Parish 3.3%
Average wage per job $42,380