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Lafourche Parish, LA

Executive Summary

With a population over 95,000 and covering approximately 1,469 square miles, Lafourche Parish has the land, workforce, and quality of life that will help grow and expand your business. Although primarily rural, Lafourche Parish has the infrastructure in place to connect your business to the world. Located 60 miles southwest of New Orleans and 65 miles south of Baton Rouge, Lafourche has the benefit of connectivity without the congestion of more populated areas. Lafourche Parish residents treasure the Parish’s beautiful natural scenery, its fishing, recreation, historic towns, Cajun culture, quality of life, and hospitable neighbors. Lafourche Parish’s motto is “Feeding and Fueling America.” Contact us to see how we can Feed and Fuel your Business.


Lafourche Parish Government : 7/2024

Transportation Infrastructure

South Lafourche Leonard J. Miller, Jr. Airport

  • South Lafourche Leonard J. Miller, Jr. Airport is located in Galliano, LA
  • The 6,500 foot runway can accommodate large business jets
  • Surrounded by 450 acres of industrial park property available for lease
  • The Greater Lafourche Port Commission is owner and operator of the South Lafourche Airport’s Fixed Base Operator, GAO FBO. Operations are 24-hour self-service 100LL and Jet A fuel, and FBO services include free Wi-Fi, hangar leasing, passenger and terminal lounge, pilot weather station, ramp and hangar parking, and courtesy vehicles.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

  • Located 45 miles from the center of Lafourche Parish
  • Airport hosts 16 airlines, serving over 50 nonstop destinations
  • The airport offers a full range of cargo services, as well as general aviation with two FBO’s

Future Interstate 49

Highway 90 (future Interstate 49) runs east/west through Lafourche Parish

Highways 1 and 308

Louisiana Highways 1 and 308 connect north Lafourche Parish to the southernmost tip, which ends at Port Fourchon


Burlington Northern Santa Fe/Union Pacific Railroad (BNSF/UP) and Louisiana and Delta Railroad (LDRR) provide rail service to portions of Lafourche Parish

Bayou Lafourche

Bayou Lafourche is a 106-mile-long bayou that runs the length of Lafourche Parish and flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Bayou Lafourche and the Intracoastal Waterway intersect in Larose, which is in Lafourche Parish.

Port Fourchon

  • Port Fourchon sits at the mouth of Bayou Lafourche, where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico
  • The Port is comprised of 1,300 acres of developed land with over 83,000 linear feet of waterfront property that house state-of-the-art facilities
  • Over 250 companies utilize Port Fourchon as a base of operation
  • Port Fourchon is land base for Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), which handles approximately 10% of the nation’s domestic oil, 10% of the nation’s foreign oil, and is connected to 50% of US refining capacity
  • The port areas and waterways range from 24’ to 27' deep to accommodate large vessels


Lafourche Parish Government : 7/2024

Cost of Living Index

  • Parish : 97.0

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Corporate Income Tax

Corporate Franchise Tax Rate

For periods beginning on or after January 1, 2023:

Property Tax

Sales Tax


Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators : 7/2024


Lafourche Parish Government

Lafourche Parish operates under a Home Rule Charter, which provides for separate legislative and executive branches independent of each other. Legislative matters are handled by an elected nine-member Council, while the elected Parish President serves as administrator. The Economic Development Director falls under the direction of Lafourche Parish Government.


There are three incorporated municipalities in Lafourche Parish: Thibodaux, Golden Meadow, and Lockport. Each community has an elected Mayor.

Industrial Development Board of the Parish of Lafourche, Inc.

The Industrial Development Board was formed to assist the Parish with economic development projects. The volunteer Board of Directors works with governing bodies of Lafourche Parish to evaluate and coordinate possible incentives for new and expanding businesses.


Lafourche Parish Government : 7/2024



Louisiana's Cajun Bayou : 7/2024

Additional Information

Lafourche is also home to Nicholls State University, Fletcher Technical Community College campus, and the Career Magnet Center.


Lafourche Parish Government : 7/2024

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