Shreveport, Louisiana Population 2019

188,987

Shreveport is located in Caddo Parish, Louisiana along the Red River and into part of Bossier Parish. Shreveport is part of the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area and it's currently the third largest city in Louisiana behind New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Shreveport has an estimated 2019 population of 188,987, down from 199,000 at the 2010 census.

Diversity and Religion

Shreveport has a very low foreign born population of just 5,000 but a high rate of poverty. Almost 26% of the population of Shreveport lives below the poverty level. Interestingly, Shreveport has a high gender disparity that ranks 3rd in the country: there are only 87.4 males for every 100 females. For every 100 females over the age of 18, there are just 82.1 males.

The predominant religion in Shreveport is Christian. In the 19th century, Shreveport was largely Protestant but Baptists now account for most Christians followed by Methodists and Catholics. Shreveport also has a sizable Jewish community made up of German Jewish immigrants from the mid-19th century. About 14% of Louisiana's total Muslim community lives in the Shreveport-Bossier metro area.

History

Shreveport was founded to create a meeting point where the Texas Trail and the Brown Bricks meet. In honor of Captain Henry Miller Shreve, who made the Red River navigable, the town was called Shreve Town and the town company was known as the Shreve Town Company. By 1839, the town was incorporated as Shreveport.

In its early days, Shreveport was a center for steamboat commerce and it had a slave market. It became the capital of Louisiana briefly during the Civil War and served as a Confederate stronghold. Shreveport's Trans- Mississippi was even the last Confederate command to surrender after Robert E. Lee surrendered thanks to their isolation. It took weeks for news of the end of the war to reach the area.

Due to economic problems in recent decades, Shreveport has struggled with poverty, crime, unemployment, and a declining population.

Population Growth

Shreveport's population has been in a slow decline for years due to issues like poverty, a high unemployment rate, and crime. According to Census data, Louisiana was one of eight states in the U.S. to see a population drop between 2016 and 2017. While the state as a whole experienced a net decrease of fewer than 2,000 people, the trend was most significant in Northwest Louisiana which includes Shreveport and Bossier City. In Northwest Louisiana, the population declined by 4,200 from 2014 to 2017.

Shreveport, Louisiana's estimated population is 188,987 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Shreveport, Louisiana is the 3rd largest city in Louisiana based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1763.98 people/mi² (681.07 people/km²).

The overall median age is 35.3 years, 33.7 years for males, and 37.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 88.3 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 88,692 households in the city, with an average size of 2.51 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.6%, with a median rent of $781/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $139,800.

The median income for households in Shreveport, Louisiana is $37,390, while the mean household income is $60,307.

Shreveport Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Shreveport was:

  • Black or African American: 56.69%
  • White: 38.58%
  • Two or more races: 1.86%
  • Asian: 1.53%
  • Other race: 0.88%
  • Native American: 0.42%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%

How Many People Live in Shreveport, Louisiana?

188,987
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018188,987-2,651-1.38%
2017191,638-2,584-1.33%
2016194,222-2,286-1.16%
2015196,508-1,232-0.62%
2014197,740-2,183-1.09%
2013199,923-1,867-0.93%
2012201,790440.02%
2011201,7468770.44%
2010200,8697240.04%
2000200,1451,6200.08%
1990198,525-8,464-0.42%
1980206,98924,9251.29%
1970182,06417,6921.03%
1960164,37237,1662.60%
1950127,20629,0392.63%
194098,16721,5122.50%
193076,65532,7815.74%
192043,87415,8594.59%
191028,01512,0025.75%
190016,0134,0342.94%
189011,9793,9704.11%
18808,0093,4025.69%
18704,6072,4077.67%
18602,2005002.61%
18501,7000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018436,341-3,290-0.75%
2017439,631-2,162-0.49%
2016441,793-2,311-0.52%
2015444,104-725-0.16%
2014444,829-2,061-0.46%
2013446,890-1,439-0.32%
2012448,3293,2400.72%
2011445,0893,9560.89%
2010441,1330.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American111,22856.69%
White75,71038.58%
Two or More Races3,6401.86%
Asian3,0001.53%
Some Other Race1,7360.88%
American Indian and Alaska Native8230.42%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander800.04%

Shreveport Population Pyramid 2019

Shreveport Median Age

35.3


Total

33.7


Male

37.1


Female

Shreveport Adults

There are 147,670 adults, (28,571 of whom are seniors) in Shreveport.

Shreveport Age Dependency

64.8

Age Dependency Ratio

24

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Shreveport Sex Ratio

Female

104,207

53.11%

Male

92,010

46.89%

Shreveport Households and Families

Shreveport Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Shreveport Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.3%23.7%
All53.4%46.6%
Non Family45.3%54.7%
Male41%59%
Female36.7%63.3%

53.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All76,2832.5153.4
Non Family31,4421.1745.3
Married24,8953.2476.3
Female16,4503.7136.7
Male3,4963.6541

3.35

Average Family Size

2.51

Average Household Size

5.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Shreveport Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,7703.70%
9th to 12th Grade12,95710.05%
High School Graduate40,53831.45%
Some College30,33023.53%
Associates Degree7,7996.05%
Bachelors Degree20,07515.58%
Graduate Degree12,4139.63%

Shreveport Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black67,70554,7919,428
White54,68051,02920,896
Hispanic3,0492,351809
Asian2,1061,7251,102
Multiple Races1,3221,255328
Other Race1,067708113
Native American56450498
Islander75496

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 94.93%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 52.33%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,492$37,219$25,506
Less Than High School$17,359$21,385$14,497
High School Grad$22,028$27,104$17,466
Some College$28,588$35,435$24,087
Bachelors Degree$42,493$53,790$37,681
Graduate Degree$57,470$80,073$48,132

$30,492

Average Earnings

$37,219

Average Male

$25,506

Average Female

Shreveport Language

Shreveport Language by Age

Shreveport Language

96.21% of Shreveport residents speak only English, while 3.79% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.58% of the population.

Shreveport Poverty

Shreveport Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black108,54938,67835.63%
White71,5497,89411.03%
Hispanic5,1081,43328.05%
Other1,71479746.50%
Multiple3,64068918.93%
Asian2,99334011.36%
Native81627233.33%
Islander802632.50%

25.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.55%

Male Poverty Rate

27.49%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Shreveport

The race most likely to be in poverty in Shreveport is Other, with 46.50% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Shreveport is White, with 11.03% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.06%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.80%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.03%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.75%
High School25.62%
Some College18.24%
Bachelors or Greater5.96%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed44.54%
Male Unemployed28.55%
Female Employed15.83%
Male Employed9.22%

Shreveport Income

Shreveport Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$37,390$60,307
Families$49,411$75,366
Married Families$77,513$101,216
Non Families$25,409$36,541

Shreveport Marital Status

Shreveport Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.4%

Male Marriage Rate

32.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Shreveport Married by Age and Sex

Shreveport Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Shreveport Marital Status by Race

Shreveport Veterans

12,891

Number of Veterans

11,472

Male Veterans

1,419

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,605
First Gulf War3,112
Second Gulf War2,607
Korea932
World War II553
Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,503
55 to 643,065
65 to 742,654
75+2,275
18 to 341,394

Shreveport Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White6,45710.45%
Black6,0537.65%
Hispanic2787.84%
2 or More26714.71%
Indian699.48%
Other292.51%
Asian160.69%

Shreveport Veterans by Education

13.13%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.77%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shreveport Employment Status

58.6%

Labor Force Participation

54%

Employment Rate

7.3%

Unemployment Rate

Shreveport Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

77.70%

Born in Louisiana

97.43%

Native Born

2.57%

Foreign Born

1.35%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

97.43% of Shreveport residents were born in the United States, with 77.70% having been born in Louisiana. 1.35% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.