Bastrop is a city in and the parish seat of Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. It is included in the Bastrop, Louisiana Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Monroe-Bastrop, Louisiana Combined Statistical Area. Its population at the 2000 census was 12,988.
The local economy is largely based on forestry, cotton farming, and rice farming. Hunting, camping and fishing are popular area pastimes in the many bayous and river, and there is some amount of tourism based on these.
The economy has been adversely impacted by the decline of the local paper industry. International Paper Company, the largest area employer, shut down in 2008. The closure of Pilgrim's Pride, a poultry company in the same year also hit the local economy hard.
According to the 2000 census, about 64.50% of the population comprises African Americans, and the rest being people of other origins.
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