Madison Parish

Madison Parish is located in the northeast corner of Louisiana; Parish seat is Tallulah.

Madison Parish is located in the northeast corner of Louisiana; Parish seat is Tallulah.

Madison, a thriving parish in the northeast corner of Louisiana, sustains itself primarily on agriculture production. Primary crops include cotton, soybeans, corn, rice, crawfish and cattle. The process of spraying crops from airplanes was developed at the Tallulah Airport, the oldest airport in Louisiana. The area is rich in Civil War history, especially the siege of Vicksburg. Of special note is the Battle of Millikens Bend, the first conflict involving an entire company of African-American soldiers. Tallulah boasts the first covered mall in the United States, by the designer Hayes Towne. Madison Parish is the home of the 65,000-acre Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, complete with facilities for the disabled tourist and fisherman. This refuge is the home of black bear, deer and many other bottomland species. Roundaway Bayou, as it meanders through the parish, features 30 lighted Christmas trees during the month of December. For more information, contact: Madison Parish Tourist Commission, (318) 574-8519.

Parish Seat



Town of Delta – Mayor Marvin Ashley
Town of Mound – Mayor Margaret G. Yerger
Town of Tallulah – Mayor Charles M. Finlayson
Town of Richmond – Mayor Olga Foster-Butler

Parish Government

Madison Parish Police Jury
100 N Cedar Street
Tallulah, LA 71282
Telephone: (318) 574-3451
Fax: (318) 574-3122

President – Robert Fortenberry
Vice President – Jane G. Sanders
Secretary/Treasurer – Margaret Dew

Police Jury Members
District 1: Robert Fortenberry
District 2: Stanley Ogden
District 3: Patricia Buchanan
District 4: C. J. Oney
District 5: Jane G. Sanders

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Contact this Parish

Madison Parish Tourist Commission
305 Dabney St
Tallulah, LA 71282
(318) 574-8519

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

  • Tallulah – Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Madison Economic Development Foundation
  • Madison Parish Port Commission
  • Richmond – Tallulah Economic Development Corporation
  • Northeast Louisiana Delta Community Development Corporation

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Quick Facts about Madison Parish
Land area 624.1 square miles (399,488 acres)
Water area 26.5 square miles (16,928 acres)
Location Latitude 32.37 degrees North, Longitude 91.24 degrees West.
Estimated population (2011) 12,004
Major highways Interstate 20 (east/west), US Highway 65 (north/south), US Highway 80 (east/west)
In 2007 health care and social assistance was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $17,975.
Demographics for Madison Parish
People and Income Overview
(by place of residence)
Population (2011) 12,004
Growth (since 2010) .07%
Households (2011) 4,772
Labor Force (persons in 2011) 3,765
Unemployment Rate (2011) 11.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2011) $14,255
Median Household Income (2011) $26,178
Poverty Rate (2011) 32.8%
High School Diploma or more – Adults 25+ (2011) 76.6%
Bachelor’s Degree or more – Adults 25+ (2011) 11.5%
Industry Overview (2011)
(by place of work)
Covered Employment 3,271
Average wage per job $27,248
Manufacturing – all jobs in Parish 4.0%
Average wage per job $35,308
Transportation and Warehousing – all jobs in Parish 1.8%
Average wage per job $41,236
Healthcare, Social Assistance – all jobs in Parish 28.9%
Average wage per job $25,324
Finance and Insurance – all jobs in Parish 2.3%
Average wage per job $40,560