Livingston Parish heading toward population boom
SATSUMA - Touted as one of the state's fastest growing parishes, experts expect Livingston Parish's growth rate to explode.
Thursday, the Livingston Board of Realtors presented its first ever forecast for the parish. The forecast projects the parish's population to grow by around 90,000 in the next 15 years to 242,780. All around the parish you can see signs of growth with home building and new businesses. Livingston Board of Realtors President Kayla Johnson says she is seeing bidding wars over homes.
"Our days on the market are within under 60 days, and we're doing so many building packages that it's zero days on those. As soon as the homes get a slab on the ground they're sold," she said.
Johnson says home construction is taking off, and home values are increasing across the parish but still affordable. Livingston Parish has also seen a steady increase in sales tax collections each year.
"That's what gives you the money to keep our schools growing in a positive manner. It keeps our roads going. Growth is what it's all about," said Johnson.
Organizers believe the forecast will educate realtors and others to help sell Livingston Parish to future residents and businesses.