Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes. On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the
old counties (which continued to exist until 1845). In 1811, a constitutional convention organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of
parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term has been parishes.
Get Your Degree!
Find schools and get information on the program that’s right for you.
Lincoln Parish (French: Paroisse de Lincoln) is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was
46,735. The parish seat is Ruston. The parish was created on February 24, 1873 from parts of Bienville, Claiborne, Union, and Jackson
parishes, and its boundaries have changed only once (in 1877). This makes Lincoln parish one of the Reconstruction parishes.
Lincoln Parish comprises the Ruston, LA Micropolitan Statistical Area.