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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population198,571
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+83,413
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married35.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,778
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,126
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,432

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,485
% Above Poverty Level75.3%
% Below Poverty Level24.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone35.7%
Median Gross Rent$764
Median House Value$133,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57.8%
Irish5.7%
German5%
English4.7%
French Except Basque3.4%
African3%
Italian2.2%
Scottish1%
Dutch0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Arab0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Polish0.3%
Russian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Greek0.2%
Welsh0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Shreveport Almanac

CategoryValue
County Caddo Parish
Standard Zip Codes71101, 71103, 71104, 71105, 71108, 71109, 71118, 71119, 71129, 71106, 71107, 71115
P.O. Box Zip Codes71102, 71120, 71130, 71133, 71134, 71135, 71136, 71137, 71138, 71148, 71149, 71150, 71161, 71162, 71163, 71164, 71165, 71166
Company Zip Codes71151, 71152, 71153, 71154, 71156
Phone Area Codes318
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.51
Approximate 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)

StationSHREVEPORT AP
Distance6.5 miles
Jan Temp37 to 56 F
Apr Temp54 to 77 F
Jul Temp73 to 93 F
Oct Temp55 to 78 F
Annual Precip51.3 inches
StationRED RIVER RESEARCH STN
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp33 to 56 F
Apr Temp51 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 94 F
Oct Temp51 to 79 F
Annual Precip51.4 inches
StationPLAIN DEALING
Distance26.1 miles
Jan Temp31 to 55 F
Apr Temp49 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 93 F
Oct Temp50 to 78 F
Annual Precip53.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belcher308$56,250
Benton1,909$45,179
Blanchard2,973$78,404
Bossier City67,152$59,886
Greenwood3,214$64,904
Haughton3,395$57,266

Shreveport Public Libraries

Shreve Memorial
424 TEXAS STREET
Shreveport, Louisiana
(318) 226-5897

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Shreveport Hospitals

Brentwood Hospital
(Proprietary)
1006 Highland Ave
(318) 678-7500
Promise Hospital Of Louisiana-shreveport Campus
(Proprietary)
1800 Irving Pl Ste 100
(318) 425-4096
Willis-knighton South & Center For Women's Health
(Non-profit)
2510 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
(318) 212-5100
Wk Pierremont Health Center
(Non-profit)
8001 Youree Dr
(318) 212-3000
Physicians Behavioral Hospital
(Proprietary)
2025 Desoto St
(318) 550-0520
Shriners Hospitals For Children-shreveport
(Non-profit)
3100 Samford Ave
(318) 222-5704
Willis-knighton Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2600 Greenwood Rd
(318) 212-4000
Va Medical Center - Overton Brooks
(Government - Federal)
510 E Stoner Ave
(318) 221-8411
Lifecare Hospitals Of Shreveport
(Proprietary)
9320 Linwood Avenue
(318) 688-8504
Christus Health - Shrevepor-bossier
(Non-profit)
1453 E Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
(318) 681-5000
University Health Shreveport
(Government - State)
1541 Kings Hwy
(318) 675-6402
Specialists Hospital Shreveport
(Proprietary)
1500 Line Ave Ste 206
(318) 213-3800

Shreveport Public Schools

Academic Recovery Ombudsman
401 North Holzman
ZIP: 71101
(318) 347-9502
Other
Total Enrollment 148
Alexander Learning Center
1545 Coty Street
ZIP: 71101
(318) 221-1712
Other
Total Enrollment 122
Brentwood Hospital
1006 Highland Avenue
ZIP: 71101
(318) 678-7507
Other
Total Enrollment 28
Caddo Parish Magnet High School
1601 Viking Drive
ZIP: 71101
(318) 221-2501
High
Total Enrollment 1122
Booker T. Washington New Technology High School
2104 Milam Street
ZIP: 71103
(318) 222-2186
High
Total Enrollment 780
Claiborne Fundamental Elementary School
2345 Claiborne Avenue
ZIP: 71103
(318) 222-2580
Primary
Total Enrollment 401
J. S. Clark Elementary School
351 Hearne Avenue
ZIP: 71103
(318) 425-8742
Primary
Total Enrollment 833
Barret Paideia Academy
2600 Barret Street
ZIP: 71104
(318) 425-5042
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
C.e. Byrd High School
3201 Line Avenue
ZIP: 71104
(318) 869-2567
High
Total Enrollment 2229
Creswell Elementary School
2901 Creswell Avenue
ZIP: 71104
(318) 222-5935
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
E.b. Williams Stoner Hill Elem Lab School
2127 C. E. Galloway Boulevard
ZIP: 71104
(318) 222-5317
Primary
Total Enrollment 237
A. C. Steere Elementary School
4009 Youree Drive
ZIP: 71105
(318) 865-5675
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Arthur Circle Elementary School
261 Arthur Avenue
ZIP: 71105
(318) 861-3537
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
Broadmoor Middle Laboratory School
441 Atlantic Street
ZIP: 71105
(318) 861-2403
Middle
Total Enrollment 552
Captain Shreve High School
6115 East Kings Highway
ZIP: 71105
(318) 865-7137
High
Total Enrollment 1320
Community Ombudsman
1020 Shreveport Barksdale Hwy
ZIP: 71105
(318) 272-1253
Other
Total Enrollment 106
Magnolia School Of Excellence
2290 Clyde Fant Parkway Servic
ZIP: 71105
(318) 864-2895
Primary
Total Enrollment 752
Riverside Elementary School
625 Dixie Garden Drive
ZIP: 71105
(318) 865-3576
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Shreve Island Elementary School
836 Sewanne Place
ZIP: 71105
(318) 869-2335
Primary
Total Enrollment 737
Youree Dr. Middle Advanced Placement Magnet School
6008 Youree Drive
ZIP: 71105
(318) 868-5324
Middle
Total Enrollment 941
Atkins Technology Elementary School
7611 St.vincent Avenue
ZIP: 71106
(318) 868-2810
Primary
Total Enrollment 385
Caddo Middle Career And Technology School
6310 Clift Street
ZIP: 71106
(318) 868-2753
Middle
Total Enrollment 367
Caddo Parish Middle Magnet School
7635 Cornelious Drive
ZIP: 71106
(318) 868-6588
Middle
Total Enrollment 1281
Eden Gardens Fundamental Elementary School
626 Eden Boulevard
ZIP: 71106
(318) 861-7654
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Eighty-first Street Ece Center
8108 Fairfield Avenue
ZIP: 71106
(318) 865-3596
Primary
Total Enrollment 156
Fairfield Magnet School
6215 Fairfield Avenue
ZIP: 71106
(318) 868-9826
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Linwood Public Charter School
401 West 70th Street
ZIP: 71106
(318) 865-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
South Highlands Elementary Magnet School
831 Erie Street
ZIP: 71106
(318) 865-5119
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Woodlawn Leadership Academy
7340 Wyngate Drive
ZIP: 71106
(318) 686-3161
High
Total Enrollment 709
Blanchard Elementary School
402 Birch Avenue
ZIP: 71107
(318) 929-2691
Primary
Total Enrollment 610
Bossier Parish Technical School
2010 North Market Street
ZIP: 71107
(318) 676-7811
High
Cherokee Park Elementary School
2010 East Algonquin Trail
ZIP: 71107
(318) 221-6782
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
Donnie Bickham Middle School
7240 Old Mooringsport Road
ZIP: 71107
(318) 929-4106
Middle
Total Enrollment 754
Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy
2550 Thomas E. Howard Drive
ZIP: 71107
(318) 425-3411
High
Total Enrollment 739
Jack P. Timmons Elementary School
1410 Greenwood-mooringsport Ro
ZIP: 71107
(318) 929-3950
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Linear Leadership Academy
1845 Linear Street
ZIP: 71107
(318) 222-7967
Newton Smith 6th Grade Center
3000 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr
ZIP: 71107
(318) 424-3610
North Highlands Elementary School
885 Poleman Road
ZIP: 71107
(318) 221-6346
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
Northside Elementary School
1950 Northside Road
ZIP: 71107
(318) 221-3896
Primary
Total Enrollment 577
Northwood High School
5939 Old Mooringsport Road
ZIP: 71107
(318) 929-3513
High
Total Enrollment 955
Pine Grove Elementary School
1700 Caldwell Street
ZIP: 71107
(318) 424-7191
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Caddo Career & Technical Center
5950 Union Avenue
ZIP: 71108
(318) 636-5150
High
Caddo Heights Math/science Elementary School
1702 Corbitt Street
ZIP: 71108
(318) 636-9610
Primary
Total Enrollment 619
Sunset Acres Elementary School
6514 West Canal Boulevard
ZIP: 71108
(318) 631-7121
Middle
Total Enrollment 384
Werner Park Elementary School
2715 Corbitt Street
ZIP: 71108
(318) 635-9633
Middle
Total Enrollment 545
Westwood Elementary School
7325 Jewella Avenue
ZIP: 71108
(318) 686-5489
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
Fair Park College Preparatory Academy
3222 Greenwood Road
ZIP: 71109
(318) 635-8181
High
Total Enrollment 783
Judson Fundamental Elementary School
3809 Judson Street
ZIP: 71109
(318) 635-1132
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Lakeshore Elementary School
1807 San Jacinto Street
ZIP: 71109
(318) 635-1325
Lakeshore Middle School
1807 San Jacinto St.
ZIP: 71109
(318) 635-1325
Middle
Total Enrollment 375
Midway Professional Development Center
3840 Greenwood Road
ZIP: 71109
(318) 636-1861
Primary
Total Enrollment 292
Mooretown Elementary Professional Develop. Ctr.
3913 Powell Street
ZIP: 71109
(318) 631-7297
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
Oak Park Microsociety Elementary School
4331 Henry Street
ZIP: 71109
(318) 635-2141
Primary
Total Enrollment 764
Queensborough Elementary School
2701 Catherine Street
ZIP: 71109
(318) 631-8784
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Shreveport Job Corps Opportunity Center
2815 Lillian Street
ZIP: 71109
(318) 227-9331
Other
Total Enrollment 214
University Elementary School
9900 Smitherman Drive
ZIP: 71115
(318) 797-2240
Primary
Total Enrollment 926
Forest Hill Elementary School
2005 Francais Drive
ZIP: 71118
(318) 686-1783
Primary
Total Enrollment 614
Pathways In Education-louisiana Inc.
8999 Mansfield Rd.
ZIP: 71118
(318) 688-2301
High
Total Enrollment 115
Ridgewood Middle School
2001 Ridgewood Drive
ZIP: 71118
(318) 686-0383
Middle
Total Enrollment 747
Southern Hills Elementary School
9075 Kingston Road
ZIP: 71118
(318) 686-1974
Primary
Total Enrollment 889
Southwood High School
9000 Walker Road
ZIP: 71118
(318) 686-9512
High
Total Enrollment 1398
Summer Grove Elementary School
2955 Bert Kouns Industrial Loo
ZIP: 71118
(318) 686-1754
Primary
Total Enrollment 746
Summerfield Elementary School
3131 Ardis Taylor Drive
ZIP: 71118
(318) 686-1930
Primary
Total Enrollment 697
Huntington High School
6801 Rasberry Lane
ZIP: 71129
(318) 687-6655
High
Total Enrollment 1169
Turner Elementary/6th Grade Academy
5904 West 70th Street
ZIP: 71129
(318) 688-4380
Primary
Total Enrollment 1105
Walnut Hill Elementary/middle School
9360 Woolworth Road
ZIP: 71129
(318) 687-6610
Primary
Total Enrollment 1677

Shreveport Private Schools

Loyola College Preparatory High School
921 Jordan St
ZIP: 71101
Secondary
Total Enrollment 450
St John Berchmans Cathedral School
947 Jordan St
ZIP: 71101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 226
St Mark S Cathedral School
2785 Fairfield Ave
ZIP: 71104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 257
The Montessori School For Shreveport
2605 C E Galloway Blvd
ZIP: 71104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 146
St Joseph Catholic School
1210 Anniston Ave
ZIP: 71105
Elementary
Total Enrollment 415
Calvary Baptist Academy
9333 Linwood Ave
ZIP: 71106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1056
Christian Center School
207 Idema St
ZIP: 71106
Elementary
Total Enrollment 29
Southfield School
1100 Southfield Rd
ZIP: 71106
Elementary
Total Enrollment 336
Colquitt Christian Academy & Preschool
3233 Colquitt Rd
ZIP: 71118
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Word Of God Academy
2820 Summer Grove Dr
ZIP: 71118
Elementary
Total Enrollment 119
Evangel Christian Academy
7425 Broadacres Rd
ZIP: 71129
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 813
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