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.
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.