West Carroll Parish

West Carroll Parish is located in the northeastern region of the state of Louisiana. It is bounded by Arkansas on the north, East Carroll Parish on the east, Richland Parish on the south and Morehouse Parish on the West.

Quick Facts about West Carroll Parish
Land area 359.4 square miles (230,033 acres)
Water area 0.9 square miles (590 acres)
Location Latitude 32.79 degress North, Longitude 91.45 degrees West.
Estimated population (2011) 11,732
Major highways LA State Highways 2 and 17.
In 2011 health care was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $34,944.

West Carroll Parish in Louisiana

From West Carroll Parish, a manufacturer can realistically expect third-day truckload service to major markets in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Within this 31-state area are 69 percent of the nation s population and 70 percent of its manufacturing plants.

Southern Pacific Transportation Co. and West Carroll Pacific Railroad tracks run north from the parish toward Shreveport and the western United States. Rail rates in Louisiana for many commodities tend to be lower than those in the other states because of the competition from barge carriers. These transportation companies handle a significant volume of containers, TOFC and carload traffic between Louisiana and most of western and mid-America.

While West Carroll Parish has no navigable rivers its location near the Port of Lake Providence on the Mississippi River should not be overlooked. this port, which is only twelve miles away can contribute significantly to the parish s economic potential.

Open the northern door to Louisiana, and drive the Bienville Trace, Poverty Point Parkway, and Grant's Marsh Scenic Byways along the natural landscape of East Carroll and West Carroll Parishes. Come and experience rich plantation farm systems, Louisiana cotton and Mississippi River delta culture as you drive to prehistoric Poverty Point and historic Grant's March of the Vicksburg Campaign.

Demographics for West Carroll Parish
People and Income Overview
(by place of residence)
Population (2011) 11,569
Growth (since 2010) -0.3%
Households (2011) 5,031
Labor Force (persons in 2011) 3,384
Unemployment Rate (2011) 14.4%
Per Capita Personal Income (2011) $17,292
Median Household Income (2011) $30,446
Poverty Rate (2011) 25.5%
High School Diploma or more - Adults 25+ (2011) 72.1%
Bachelor's Degree or more - of Adults 25+ (2011) 7.8%
Industry Overview (2011)
(by place of work)
Covered Employment 2,355
Average wage per job $29,640
Manufacturing - all jobs in Parish 0%
Average wage per job N/A
Transportation and Warehousing - all jobs in Parish 1.9%
Average wage per job $48,776
Healthcare, Social Assistance - all jobs in Parish 22.3%
Average wage per job $34,944
Finance and Insurance - all jobs in Parish 2.5%
Average wage per job $29,848

Parish Seat

Oak Grove


Town of Oak Grove - Mayor Adam T. Holland
Town of Epps - Mayor Roosevelt Porter
Town of Forest - Mayor Shellic J. Hughes
Town of Kilbourne - Mayor James Sowell
Town of Pioneer - Mayor Sonia Reiter

Parish Government

West Carroll Police Jury
P. O. Box 630
Oak Grove, LA 71263
Telephone: (318) 428-3390
Fax: (318) 428-4835

President - Jack L. Madden
Vice President - Eugene Crosby
Secretary/Treasurer - Martha Stephens

Police Jury Members
District A: Johnny Simms
District B: Bill Ellerbee
District C: Jack L. Madden
District D: Eugene Crosby
District E: Eddie Russell

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Contact this Parish

Oak Grove City Hall
P. O. Box 1014
Oak Grove, LA 71263
Telephone: (318) 428-3275
Fax: (318) 428-4556

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

  • West Carroll Chamber of Commerce
  • Oak Grove Economic Development
  • West Carroll Economic Development
  • Northeast Educational Development Foundation (NEED)

Community Economic Development Website Connections

Oak Grove, LA Website

Epps, LA Website

Forest, LA Website

Kilbourne, LA Website

Pioneer, LA Website

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