Union Parish

Union Parish is located in north central Louisiana; parish seat is Farmerville.

Union Parish is located in north central Louisiana; parish seat is Farmerville. It is one of the few parishes (or counties) in the United States to border its namesake in another State – Union County, Arkansas. The Parish is bordered by Arkansas to the north, Morehouse Parishes to the east, Ouachita and Lincoln Parishes to the south, Claiborne Parish to the west.

Union Parish is truly a nature lover’s paradise. With the scenic Ouachita River to the east, a 15,250 acre Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Upper Ouachita/D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuges, and Union Wildlife Management Area, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating, sailing, swimming and waterskiing. Attractions in Farmerville include Black History Parade, February; D’Arbonne Arts Festival and Watermelon Festival, July; and Christmas Ceremony. In Bernice, see the 1899 Depot Museum and 1939 wooden caboose in Depot Park; Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch; Arts in the Park, April; Homecoming/Historical Tour, June; Corney Creek Porkfest/Louisiana Pork Cookoff, October; Corney Creek Country Christmas. Also in Bernice are Sweet Onion, the Garland House, the J.W. Heard House, the Bernice Civic Clubhouse and the Alabama Methodist Church, all properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Town of Marion features the Mayhaw Festival and National Register Hopkins House. For more information, contact: Union Parish Tourist Commission, (318) 285-9333.

Parish Seat



Town of Bernice – Mayor Joe Hicks
Town of Farmerville – Mayor Stein Baughman, Jr.
Town of Marion – Mayor Kenneth W. Franklin
Town of Lillie – Mayor Jacqueline Washam
Town of Junction City – Mayor Preston Rogers
Town of Spearsville – Mayor Bob Shoemaker
Town of Downsville – Mayor Reggie Skains

Parish Government

Union Parish Police Jury
P. O. Box 723
Farmerville, LA 71231
Telephone: (318) 368-3296
Fax: (318) 368-8342
Email: uppj@bayou.com

President – A. J. Smith
Vice President – Charles Sawyer
Secretary/Treasurer – Dan Morgan

Police Jury Members
Ward 1: Charles Sawyer
Ward 2: Lanny Parker
Ward 3: A. J. Smith
Ward 4: Glen Hutto
Ward 5: Steve Pylant
Ward 6: Ceismond Nyegaurd
Ward 7: Stan Smith
Ward 8: Don Acree
Ward 9: John Watley

More information about the Louisiana Police Jury


Contact this Parish

Union Parish Tourist Center
403 Fourth St
P. O. Box 328
Bernice, LA 71222
(888) 245-7145

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

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Quick Facts about Union Parish
Land area 877.7 square miles (561,715 acres)
Water area 27.7 square miles (17,714 acres)
Location Latitude 32.83 degrees North, Longitude 92.38 degrees West.
Estimated population (2011) 22,732
Major highways US Highway 63; US Highway 167; Louisiana Highway 2; Louisiana Highway 15; Louisiana Highway 33
In 2011 health care was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $27,352.
Demographics for Union Parish
People and Income Overview
(by place of residence)
Population (2011) 22,732
Growth (since 2010) 0%
Households (2011) 11,259
Labor Force (persons in 2011) 8,824
Unemployment Rate (2011) 8.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2011) $20,273
Median Household Income (2011) $37,426
Poverty Rate (2011) 23.0%
High School Diploma or more – Adults 25+ (2011) 79.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or more – Adults 25+ (2011) 12.7%
Industry Overview (2011)
(by place of work)
Covered Employment 4,788
Average wage per job $28,340
Manufacturing – all jobs in Parish 0.0%
Average wage per job N/A
Transportation and Warehousing – all jobs in Parish 2.2%
Average wage per job $31,980
Healthcare, Social Assistance – all jobs in Parish 13.5%
Average wage per job $27,352
Finance and Insurance – all jobs in Parish 2.3%
Average wage per job $39,780