Living in Livingston


One of the major reasons Livingston Parish is one of the nation’s fastest growing counties is the lifestyle it offers.  Despite the recent growth locally, our communities retain their personality and charm.  Families value the public schools – among the best in the state – along with the safe neighborhoods and extensive public park system that offers recreational youth sports opportunities.  Living here is affordable, and there is lots of land available for development leaving great opportunities for growth. Families also enjoy the many seasonal festivals our cities host, with live music, arts & crafts and more. For more information about festivals, events and attractions in Livingston Parish, visit


The most visible growth is in the retail sector, with major stores like Bass Pro and Sam’s Club driving business into town.  More shops and restaurants have followed, and now the Juban Crossing retail development is in the works, helping to bring even more conveniences to our doorstep. In Livingston Parish, a wide range of activities is within reach – it’s one of the only places in the country where you can drive 15 minutes in one direction and be in the downtown of a capital city, or drive 15 minutes in the opposite direction and find a secluded river. Denham Springs’s award-winning antique district is one of the largest in Louisiana – you won’t leave empty handed!

Outdoor Adventures

Livingston has more than 300 miles of navigable waterways, including six rivers that offer waterfront dining, opportunities for fishing, boating, skiing and tubing, and even access to New Orleans by boat.  Livingston’s waterways have attracted residential and recreational development, with beautiful home sites large and small. Golf enthusiasts love the courses at Carter Plantation and Greystone Country Club, both offering residential opportunities.  And for a quick getaway, there’s Tickfaw State Park, one of the state’s top 10 most visited parks. At Tickfaw you’ll find hiking, canoeing, cabins and RV hookups, and a splash park for children.

Our workforce in Livingston Parish is skilled, growing, and ready.  Livingston ranked 11th in the nation for job growth by CNN Money, and in the 2010 Census ranked #62 of the country’s fastest growing counties. Let the LEDC show you why you should choose the parish when choosing your workforce. Employers can use the Livingston Career Solutions Center in Walker to recruit workers and develop programs for further training. Our sites convenient for your customers, well-positioned to draw from a regional labor force, and perfect for your distribution needs.

Livingston offers a number of transportation options including road, rail, water and air. The parish is located at the nexus of three major interstates – Interstates 12, 10 and 55.  Baton Rouge Airport is only 15 miles away and New Orleans’ International Airport is 80 miles away. The parish is 20 miles from the Port of Baton Rouge and 90 miles from the Port of New Orleans.  Canadian National Rail has a mainline that serves and transverses Livingston Parish.  The parish also has two electric utility providers, Entergy and Demco, and number of natural gas distributors and pipelines that service our available sites.

Livingston’s top tier public K-12 schools and proximity to major universities and community and technical colleges make it a prime training ground for a competitive workforce.  The School System is one of the best in Louisiana, consistently ranked in the top five for academic performance. College students enjoy easy commutes to Louisiana State University, Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Northshore Technical Community College in Hammond and Greensburg. Local companies have access to the services of the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center operated jointly by the Livingston Parish School System and Southeastern Louisiana University.

Businesses locating in Livingston Parish have access to a number of tax incentive programs, including property tax abatement, sales tax rebates, job tax credits, payroll rebates and more. The LEDC can walk you through each incentive available to you as you choose the parish for your business. Louisiana’s tax credits and incentive programs can give your company a competitive edge. Federal Incentives in Louisiana: The Opportunity Zones Program offers federal tax incentives to investors who make qualified equity investments in 150 designated Census tracts across Louisiana.

Livingston Parish’s mild climate means your business can operate 365 days a year.  We’re located far enough south to avoid harsh freezes and winter storms, and just far enough from the coast to be insulated from tropical weather.  The average temperature here is 66.95 degrees.

With 300 miles of rivers, numerous sports and recreational and state parks, golf courses, hunting and more, Livingston Parish offers the best of Louisiana’s Sportsman’s Paradise.  Our charming, historic communities are safe for families and housing here is affordable.

In Livingston Parish, our community leaders and elected officials understand what businesses need to survive, and they’re on our side.  Whether it’s in a town hall, parish government, the State or U.S. Capitol, we can count on their support of issues affecting businesses big and small.

From location to transition and beyond, the LEDC stands ready to assist.  Our staff has decades of experience in economic development – we know what businesses need and want and can help guide you through, making the connections necessary to help you set up shop in Livingston Parish.

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