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Overview

Introduction to Shreveport, Louisiana

The Louisiana city of Shreveport is one of the state's largest cities and also the seat of Caddo Parish. Seated on the banks of the Red River, Shreveport is linked in many ways with its sister city on the other side of the river, Bossier City. Many refer to the two cities as "Shreveport-Bossier." Situated in the northwest corner of the state near the borders of Texas and Arkansas, Shreveport serves as the commercial and cultural center of the tri-state region, a region which is widely considered to be the border between the West and the South.

Shreveport lies at the junction of Interstates I-20 and I-49. The city is also serviced by Interstate I-220; U.S. Route 71; and Louisiana State Highways 1, 3, and 526. Air transport is available at Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV), located in the western part of the city.

Shreveport was founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company, a corporation established to develop a town located at the junction of the Red River and the Texas Trail. The Trail had long established itself as a prime overland route into the newly independent Republic of Texas and, before that, into Mexico. The River had recently been cleared of 180 miles of debris clogging its channel, thanks to the efforts of Captain Henry Miller Shreve, commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers. In honor of Shreve, the newly-formed village was named Shreve Town, and in 1839 the village was incorporated as the town of Shreveport. In 1871 Shreveport became incorporated as a city. During part of the twentieth century, Shreveport became a prime force in the oil industry but by the 1980s, the industry suffered large economic setbacks and Shreveport felt the effects of this recession when it saw many of its companies institute cutbacks and layoffs or completely fold. The city today has largely transitioned to a service economy, having become a popular tourist destination largely due to its various riverboat casinos and numerous historic landmarks.

Things to do in Shreveport

Shreveport-Bossier is widely known for its dockside riverboat casinos. Prominent among these are: Boomtown Casino and Hotel, Diamond Jacks Casino Resort, Eldorado Resort Casino, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, and Sam's Town Hotel and Casino. Gaming is accompanied by world-class thoroughbred racing at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. Shreveport is also renowned for its historic landmarks. One example is the McNeill Street Pumping Station, a waterworks dating back to 1887 which is still operational today. A more recent tourist attraction is Bossier City's expansive Louisiana Boardwalk, a huge shopping and entertainment complex which opened its doors in 2005. The area boasts many other places of interest, including the following:

  • Ark-La-Tex Antique and Classic Vehicle Museum: Housed in an original 1927 Graham Truck/Dodge car showroom and assembly area
  • Pioneer Heritage Center: Features authentic 1830s-1860s buildings from northwest Louisiana's pioneer days
  • Shreveport Water Works Museum: Contains 19th-century steam equipment from the Shreveport Water Works Company
  • Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet: Presents three ballet productions per year
  • The R.W. Norton Art Gallery: Houses more than four centuries of American and European art
  • Shreveport Municipal Auditorium: Home of the first performance of Elvis Presley
  • Heritage Gallery: Features fine art from Louisiana artists
  • Ark-La-Tex Mardi Gras Museum
  • Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions
  • Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum
  • J.Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center
  • Red River Crossroads Museum
  • Stephens African American Museum
  • Louisiana Boardwalk

The sports scene in Shreveport is highlighted by a variety of professional teams. The Shreveport Sports Baseball Club is a minor league team which plays in the American Association. The team is not affiliated with any Major League Baseball team; however, the Sports have had numerous alumni who are now on Major League rosters. The cities of Shreveport and Bossier City share an arena football team, the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings. The Battle Wings are a member of the af2 league and play their games at Bossier City's CenturyTel Center. Another local team that calls the CenturyTel Center home is the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, a pro ice hockey team which plays in the Central Hockey League. Top collegiate football action can be seen every year when Shreveport hosts the Independence Bowl game. The NCAA-sanctioned Division I game takes place in the city's Independence Stadium. Fans of auto racing have their choice of racetracks to visit, including the Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Boothill Speedway, and Red River Raceway.

People

Total Population 200,015
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 85,076
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 35.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,100
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,021
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,018

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,852
% Above Poverty Level 76.4%
% Below Poverty Level 23.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $757
Median House Value $130,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.4%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 5.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Shreveport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 178 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Caddo
Metro Area Shreveport - Bossier City
Standard Zip Codes 71101, 71103, 71104, 71105, 71106, 71107, 71108, 71109, 71110, 71115, 71118, 71119, 71129
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71102, 71120, 71130, 71133, 71134, 71135, 71136, 71137, 71138, 71148, 71149, 71161, 71162, 71163, 71164, 71165, 71166
Company Zip Codes 71151, 71152, 71153, 71154, 71156
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.525
Longitude -93.75

Shreveport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SHREVEPORT AP
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 56 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 55 to 78 F
Annual Precip 51.3 inches
Station RED RIVER RESEARCH STN
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 79 F
Annual Precip 51.4 inches
Station PLAIN DEALING
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Shreveport, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Caspiana (71115)

Cedar Grove (71106)

Centenary (71104)

Dixie (71107)

Fairgrounds (71109)

Flournoy (71109)

Forbing (71106)

Industrial (71107)

La Chute (71101)

Madison Park (71105)

Risinger Woods (71107)

Sentell (71107)

Shreve Island (71105)

Southern Hills (71108)

Southfield (71105)

Spring Lake (71106)

Summer Grove (71108)

Sunset Acres (71108)

Youree (71105)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belcher 288 $54,000
Benton 1,864 $46,250
Blanchard 2,920 $72,250
Bossier City 66,093 $61,296
Greenwood 3,223 $65,064
Haughton 3,439 $49,436

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Shreveport Public Libraries

Library
Shreve Memorial Public Library
424 TEXAS STREET
Shreveport, Louisiana
(318) 226-5870
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Shreveport Hospitals

DOCTORS HOSPITAL OF SHREVEPORT
(Proprietary)
1130 LOUISIANA AVENUE
(318) 227-1211
Emergency Service: Yes

CHRISTUS SCHUMPERT HEALTH SYSTEM
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
ONE ST MARY PLACE
(318) 227-4200
Emergency Service: Yes

WILLIS KNIGHTON MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2600 GREENWOOD ROAD
(318) 632-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

LSU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER, SHREVEPORT
(Government - State)
1541 KINGS HIGHWAY
(318) 674-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
(VA)
510 E. Stoner Ave.
(318) 221-8411 or (800) 863-7441
Emergency Service:

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Shreveport High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

C.E. BYRD HIGH SCHOOL
3201 LINE AVENUE
318-869-2567
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,015 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

SOUTHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
9000 WALKER ROAD
318-686-9512
Serves 1,704 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

HUNTINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
6801 RASBERRY LANE
318-687-6655
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,323 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

CAPTAIN SHREVE HIGH SCHOOL
6115 EAST KINGS HIGHWAY
318-865-7137
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

CADDO PARISH MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
1601 VIKING DRIVE
318-221-2501
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,145 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

NORTHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
5939 OLD MOORINGSPORT ROAD
318-929-3513
Serves 970 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

WOODLAWN HIGH SCHOOL
7340 WYNGATE DRIVE
318-686-3161
A Magnet School.
Serves 840 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

FAIR PARK HIGH SCHOOL
3222 GREENWOOD ROAD
318-635-8181
A Magnet School.
Serves 818 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

GREEN OAKS HIGH SCHOOL
2550 THOMAS E. HOWARD DRIVE
318-425-3411
A Magnet School.
Serves 566 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
2104 MILAM STREET
318-222-2186
A Magnet School.
Serves 527 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

SHREVEPORT JOB CORPS OPPORTUNITY CENTER
2815 LILLIAN STREET
318-227-9331
A Non-traditional School
Serves 342 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 342

OAK TERRACE/J.B. HARVILLE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
6660 QUILEN ROAD
318-621-9724
A Non-traditional School
Serves 319 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

HAMILTON TERRACE LEARNING CENTER
1105 LOUISIANA AVENUE
318-222-4518
A Non-traditional School
Serves 314 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

CADDO'S ACCELERATED REMEDIAL EFFORT
1707 LINE AVENUE
318-222-0222
A Non-traditional School
Serves 93 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

ALEXANDER LEARNING CENTER
1545 COTY STREET
318-221-1712
A Special Education School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.3

BOSSIER PARISH TECHNICAL SCHOOL
2010 NORTH MARKET STREET
318-676-7811
A Vocational School

CADDO CAREER CENTER
5950 UNION AVENUE
318-636-5150
A Vocational School
A Magnet School.

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