Affordability• Average housing costs: 1, 874 sq. ft. 2 car garage on one acre ($140, 000)
• Average rent (house): $600
• Average rent (apt): $425 (2 bedroom)
• Sales tax ranges from 9% to 9.5%
• Average property tax for Vernon Parish is 117 mills.
• There is a $75, 000 homestead exemption
Other factors that make our community an affordable place to relocate to:
Vernon Parish is home to Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center. This gives military retirees access to lower cost shopping at the PX and lower cost medical services at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital on post. The Vernon Council on Aging provides seniors age 60 and above with an identification card which allows them to purchase certain items at specified local businesses at a discounted price.
Setting and AccessibilityVernon Parish is a rural community with a population of 52,531.
Cities (population greater than 150,000) within 120-mile radius:
Highway AccessThe main transportation artery through Vernon Parish is the four-lane U.S. Highway 171, which runs north and south through the center of the parish. The completion of 4-laning LA Hwy 28 between Leesville and Alexandria is currently underway. Vernon Parish is 50 miles from I-49, 74 miles from I-10 and 120 miles from I-20.
Air AccessThe nearest commercial air service is at Alexandria International Airport, only 45 miles away. Three airlines serve the airport with 39 flights daily. Leesville Municipal Airport is located 4 miles west of Leesville and has a 3,800 foot paved runway with instrument approach landing. An additional 1,200 feet will be added during the next three years. Repair services and fuel are available. Several other general aviation airports are in the area with airstrips adequate to land corporate aircraft.
Rail ServiceVernon Parish is served by the Kansas City Southern Rail Line which runs north and south through the parish. Bus Service Greyhound Bus Lines are available in Alexandria, just 45 minutes from Vernon Parish.
Other local transportationThe Vernon Council on Aging offers daily transportation to the elderly, handicapped, and the general public to take them to the doctor, shopping, bank and other requests.
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