Shreveport, Louisiana Population 2019
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.
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.
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.
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%