Shreveport, Louisiana Population 2021

182,616
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Shreveport is a city located in Caddo Parish Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 182,616, it is the 3rd largest city in Louisiana (after New Orleans and Baton Rouge) and the 143rd largest city in the United States . Shreveport is currently declining at a rate of -1.22% annually and its population has decreased by -8.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 199,311 in 2010. Shreveport reached it's highest population of 206,989 in 1980. Spanning over 123 miles, Shreveport has a population density of 1,701 people per square mile.

The average household income in Shreveport is $62,756 with a poverty rate of 25.68%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $812 per month, and the median house value is $148,100. The median age in Shreveport is 35.7 years, 34 years for males, and 37.3 years for females.

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.

Diversity and Religion

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.

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 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 Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 57.09%
  • White: 38.00%
  • Two or more races: 1.85%
  • Asian: 1.67%
  • Other race: 0.93%
  • Native American: 0.40%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Shreveport, Louisiana is 182,616 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 189,360.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 199,311.

Shreveport, Louisiana Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021389,556-2,575-0.66%
2020392,131-2,575-0.66%
2019394,706-2,575-0.65%
2018397,281-2,880-0.72%
2017400,161-1,786-0.45%
2016401,947-2,053-0.51%
2015404,000-534-0.13%
2014404,534-1,703-0.42%
2013406,237-1,198-0.29%
2012407,4353,5550.87%
2011403,8803,9450.98%
2010399,9350.00%

Shreveport Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American109,62557.09%
White72,98238.00%
Two or More Races3,5591.85%
Asian3,2131.67%
Some Other Race1,7780.93%
American Indian and Alaska Native7590.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1190.06%
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Shreveport Population by Race

Shreveport Population Pyramid $2021

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Shreveport Median Age

35.7


Total

34


Male

37.3


Female

Shreveport Adults

There are 145,212 adults, (29,859 of whom are seniors) in Shreveport.

Shreveport Age Dependency

66.5

Age Dependency Ratio

25.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Shreveport Sex Ratio

Female

101,738

52.98%

Male

90,297

47.02%

Shreveport Population by Age

Shreveport Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Shreveport Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.1%23.9%
All52.7%47.3%
Male42.3%57.7%
Non Family41.8%58.2%
Female39%61%

52.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Shreveport Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All75,6202.4752.7
Non Family31,5731.1941.8
Married25,3803.1776.1
Female15,1433.7139
Male3,5243.6442.3

3.3

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

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Shreveport Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,1503.25%
9th to 12th Grade12,2609.60%
High School Graduate41,53632.54%
Some College28,31522.18%
Associates Degree9,8637.73%
Bachelors Degree19,28915.11%
Graduate Degree12,2339.58%
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Shreveport Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Shreveport Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black67,83155,6098,806
White53,34150,00320,512
Hispanic2,8322,294637
Asian2,1391,8821,206
2+ Races1,4221,351394
Other Race1,01372581
Native American533486132
Islander40405

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 56.38%.

Shreveport Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,617$36,708$26,309
Less Than 9th Grade$17,421$19,186$14,198
High School Graduate$23,068$27,189$18,524
Some College$29,389$36,628$24,419
Bachelors Degree$43,198$53,688$39,435
Graduate Degree$55,437$80,884$49,158

$30,617

Average Earnings

$36,708

Average Male

$26,309

Average Female

Shreveport Earnings by Educational Attainment

Shreveport Language by Age

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Shreveport Language

96.24% of Shreveport residents speak only English, while 3.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.74% of the population.

Shreveport Language

Shreveport Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black106,99837,65535.19%
White68,6507,98011.62%
Hispanic4,9691,49230.03%
Other1,7481,00857.67%
Multiple3,54755915.76%
Asian3,20638411.98%
Native74610213.67%

25.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.99%

Male Poverty Rate

27.17%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Shreveport

The race most likely to be in poverty in Shreveport is Other, with 57.67% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Shreveport is White, with 11.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.06%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.88%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.93%.

Shreveport Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade42.35%
High School25.50%
Some College17.37%
Bachelors or Greater6.13%

Shreveport Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed41.42%
Male Unemployed33.76%
Female Employed16.33%
Male Employed10.54%

Shreveport Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Shreveport Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$39,090$62,756
Families$53,024$78,719
Married Families$79,217$105,975
Non Families$25,720$38,350
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Income by Household Type

Shreveport Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.1%

Male Marriage Rate

34.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Shreveport Married by Age and Sex

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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 55-64.

Shreveport Marital Status by Race

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Shreveport Marital Status

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11,908

Number of Veterans

10,694

Male Veterans

1,214

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,258
First Gulf War3,153
Second Gulf War2,308
Korea698
World War II331

Shreveport Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,439
65 to 742,838
55 to 642,630
75+2,069
18 to 34932

Shreveport Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,7549.64%
Black5,7317.30%
2+ Races27414.56%
Hispanic2256.66%
Asian582.32%
Native American507.80%
Other Race413.54%

Shreveport Veterans by Race

Shreveport Veterans by Education

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12.92%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.15%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shreveport Veterans by Education

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58.4%

Labor Force Participation

53.9%

Employment Rate

6.8%

Unemployment Rate

Shreveport Employment by Age

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Shreveport Employment by Race

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Shreveport Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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78.12%

Born in Shreveport

97.37%

Native Born

2.63%

Foreign Born

1.48%

Non Citizen

1.15%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.37% of Shreveport residents were born in the United States, with 78.12% having been born in Louisiana. 1.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Shreveport Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021182,616-2,248-1.22%
2020184,864-2,248-1.20%
2019187,112-2,248-1.19%
2018189,360-2,663-1.39%
2017192,023-2,649-1.36%
2016194,672-2,329-1.18%
2015197,001-1,258-0.63%
2014198,259-2,210-1.10%
2013200,469-1,878-0.93%
2012202,347200.01%
2011202,3278900.44%
2010201,4371,2920.06%
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%

Shreveport Population by Year