Shreveport, Louisiana Population 2020

183,819

Shreveport is a city located in Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 183,819, it is the 3rd largest city in Louisiana (after New Orleans and Baton Rouge) and the 141st largest city in the United States. Shreveport is currently declining at a rate of -1.39% annually and its population has decreased by -7.77% 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 1,712 people per square mile.

The average household income in Shreveport is $60,502 with a poverty rate of 25.42%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $810 per month, and the median house value is $144,800. The median age in Shreveport is 35.6 years, 34.1 years for males, and 37.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 88.7 males.

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: 57.06%
  • White: 38.05%
  • Two or more races: 1.83%
  • Asian: 1.66%
  • Other race: 0.94%
  • Native American: 0.41%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Shreveport, Louisiana is 183,819, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 188,987.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 199,311.

Shreveport, Louisiana Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020429,761-3,290-0.77%
2019433,051-3,290-0.76%
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 American110,57857.06%
White73,73338.05%
Two or More Races3,5481.83%
Asian3,2251.66%
Some Other Race1,8290.94%
American Indian and Alaska Native7850.41%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander870.04%

Shreveport Population Pyramid 2020

Shreveport Median Age

35.6


Total

34.1


Male

37.5


Female

Shreveport Adults

There are 146,400 adults, (29,437 of whom are seniors) in Shreveport.

Shreveport Age Dependency

65.7

Age Dependency Ratio

25.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Shreveport Sex Ratio

Female

102,687

52.99%

Male

91,098

47.01%

Shreveport Households and Families

Shreveport Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Shreveport Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.3%23.7%
All52.3%47.7%
Non Family42.5%57.5%
Male41.2%58.8%
Female36.9%63.1%

52.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All75,8422.4952.3
Non Family31,4151.1942.5
Married24,6943.1676.3
Female15,7423.7536.9
Male3,9913.6141.2

3.32

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

5.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Shreveport Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,6153.59%
9th to 12th Grade12,4399.68%
High School Graduate41,69932.45%
Some College29,12722.66%
Associates Degree9,1047.08%
Bachelors Degree19,24114.97%
Graduate Degree12,2889.56%

Shreveport Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black67,93355,4108,826
White54,14150,69920,540
Hispanic2,7942,144645
Asian2,2261,8861,193
Multiple Races1,3111,225340
Other Race1,04871191
Native American564520129
Islander79427

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.64%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.59%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,070$36,492$25,570
Less Than High School$17,185$20,290$15,606
High School Grad$22,259$26,974$17,776
Some College$28,890$35,814$25,254
Bachelors Degree$40,764$52,630$36,113
Graduate Degree$56,770$77,616$49,052

$30,070

Average Earnings

$36,492

Average Male

$25,570

Average Female

Shreveport Language

Shreveport Language by Age

Shreveport Language

96.31% of Shreveport residents speak only English, while 3.69% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.51% of the population.

Shreveport Poverty

Shreveport Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black107,74637,73035.02%
White69,8657,78811.15%
Hispanic4,7721,54432.36%
Other1,80396553.52%
Multiple3,54157916.35%
Asian3,21844413.80%
Native77711915.32%
Islander873742.53%

25.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.37%

Male Poverty Rate

27.22%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Shreveport

The race most likely to be in poverty in Shreveport is Other, with 53.52% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Shreveport is White, with 11.15% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.09%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.22%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School38.58%
High School25.28%
Some College17.79%
Bachelors or Greater6.07%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.26%
Male Unemployed32.85%
Female Employed16.57%
Male Employed9.58%

Shreveport Income

Shreveport Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$38,279$60,502
Families$50,580$75,876
Married Families$78,023$102,095
Non Families$24,999$36,625

Shreveport Marital Status

Shreveport Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.0%

Male Marriage Rate

32.3%

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 55-64.

Shreveport Marital Status by Race

Shreveport Veterans

12,496

Number of Veterans

11,154

Male Veterans

1,342

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,431
First Gulf War3,086
Second Gulf War2,455
Korea816
World War II476
Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,364
55 to 642,885
65 to 742,742
75+2,313
18 to 341,192
Name Veterans % of Total
White6,30610.37%
Black5,8177.37%
2 or More23713.50%
Hispanic2347.18%
Indian598.79%
Asian461.85%
Other312.64%

$Shreveport Veterans by Education

13.18%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.04%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shreveport Employment Status

59%

Labor Force Participation

54.5%

Employment Rate

7.1%

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

77.86%

Born in Louisiana

97.42%

Native Born

2.58%

Foreign Born

1.42%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

97.42% of Shreveport residents were born in the United States, with 77.86% having been born in Louisiana. 1.42% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020183,819-2,584-1.39%
2019186,403-2,584-1.37%
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%