Bossier Parish, Louisiana

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Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Bossier Parish Courthouse IMG 2378.JPG
Renovated Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton
Map of Louisiana highlighting Bossier Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded February 24, 1843
Named for Pierre Bossier
Seat Benton
Largest city Bossier City
 • Total 867 sq mi (2,246 km2)
 • Land 840 sq mi (2,176 km2)
 • Water 27 sq mi (70 km2), 3.1%
 • (2010) 116,979
 • Density 139/sq mi (54/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Bossier Parish (/ˈbʒər/;[1]French: Paroisse de Bossier) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 116,979.[2] The parish seat is Benton.[3] The principal city is Bossier City, which is located east of the Red River from Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish. The parish was formed in 1843 from the western portion of Claiborne Parish.[4][5]

Bossier Parish is part of the Shreveport–Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Shreveport–Bossier City–Minden Combined Statistical Area.

Lake Bistineau and Lake Bistineau State Park are included in parts of Bossier and neighboring Webster and Bienville parishes. Loggy Bayou flows south from Lake Bistineau in southern Bossier Parish, traverses western Bienville Parish, and in Red River Parish joins the Red River.


Arnold-Tidwell House near the Cypress Lake recreational area is one of three antebellum homes still standing in Bossier Parish.[6]
Willis Knighton Hospital in Bossier City serves much of northern Bossier Parish.
Swimmers at Cypress Lake on a cloudy summer day

Bossier Parish is named for Pierre Bossier, a 19th-century Louisiana state senator and U.S. representative from Natchitoches Parish.

Bossier Parish was spared fighting on its soil during the American Civil War. In July 1861, at the start of the war, the Bossier Parish Police Jury appropriated $35,000 for the benefit of Confederate volunteers and their family members left behind, an amount then considered generous.[7]

Law, government, and politics[edit]

Bossier Parish is governed by a 12-member elected body, the Bossier Parish Police Jury (equivalent to county commission in other states). Eddy Shell, a prominent Bossier City educator, served on the police jury from 1992 until his death in 2008. Here is the current makeup of the police jury:

  • District 1 - Hank Meachum
  • District 2 - Glenn Benton
  • District 3 - Wanda Bennett
  • District 4 - Douglas (Sonny) Cook
  • District 5 - Barry Butler
  • District 6 - Rick Avery
  • District 7 - Jimmy Cochran
  • District 8 - J. Brad Cummings
  • District 9 - William R. Altimus
  • District 10 - Jerome Darby
  • District 11 - Wayne Hammack
  • District 12 - Paul M. "Mac" Plummer[8]

Bossier Parish is reliably Republican in most contested elections. Since 1952, George Wallace, the former governor of Alabama running in 1968 on the American Independent Party ticket, is the only non-Republican to have carried Bossier Parish.[9][10]

In 2008, U.S. Senator John S. McCain of Arizona won in Bossier Parish with 32,713 votes (71.4 percent) over the Democrat Barack H. Obama of Illinois, who polled 12,703 votes (27.8 percent).[11] In 2012, Mitt Romney polled 34,988 votes (72 percent) in Bossier Parish, or 2,275 more ballots than McCain drew in 2008. President Obama trailed in Bossier Parish with 12,956 votes (26.7 percent), or 253 more votes than he had received in 2008,[12]

In 2011, Bossier Parish elected a Republican, Julian C. Whittington, as sheriff to succeed the long-term Larry Deen, a Democrat who later himself re-registered as a Republican.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 867 square miles (2,250 km2), of which 840 square miles (2,200 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (3.1%) is water.[13] Four miles east of Bossier City is Barksdale Air Force Base.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties and parishes[edit]

National protected area[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 6,962
1860 11,348 63.0%
1870 12,675 11.7%
1880 16,042 26.6%
1890 20,330 26.7%
1900 24,153 18.8%
1910 21,738 −10.0%
1920 22,266 2.4%
1930 28,388 27.5%
1940 33,162 16.8%
1950 40,139 21.0%
1960 57,622 43.6%
1970 64,519 12.0%
1980 80,721 25.1%
1990 86,088 6.6%
2000 98,310 14.2%
2010 116,979 19.0%
Est. 2013 123,823 5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
1790-1960[15] 1900-1990[16]
1990-2000[17] 2010-2013[2]

As of the census of 2010, there were 116,979 people, 62,000 households, and 37,500 families residing in the parish. The population density was 142 people per square mile (45/km²). There were 49,000 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 70.66% White, 18.52% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 2.18% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 8.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 46,020 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the parish the population was spread out with 28.00% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $39,203, and the median income for a family was $45,542. Males had a median income of $32,305 versus $23,287 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $18,119. About 10.60% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.00% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.

National Guard[edit]

The 165th CSS (Combat Service Support) Battalion is headquartered in Bossier City. This unit was deployed to Iraq in 2008. Also located in Bossier City is the 156TH Army Band which deployed as part of the 256th Infantry Brigade in 2010 to Iraq.


Bossier Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.


Map of Bossier Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels



Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

  • Jack Favor, a rodeo star, was falsely imprisoned in 1967 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the murders of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Richey, who operated a bait and tackle business near Haughton. Convicted on false testimony, he claimed collusion against him among Bossier Parish officials, including Judge O. E. Price, Sheriff Willie Waggonner, and chief deputy and Waggonner's successor as sheriff, Vol Dooley. Favor was acquittal in a second trial in the parish courthouse in Benton in 1974; thereafter, he returned to Fort Worth and then Arlington, Texas, where he sold used cars and counseled wayward youth of the dangers of lawless behavior.[19][20]
  • Ford E. Stinson, Jr., retiring chief judge of the Louisiana 26th Judicial District Court, based in Benton


See also[edit]


  1. ^ bō′·zhər
  2. ^ a b "Bossier Parish, Louisiana". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Stinson, Louise. "Bossier City History". City of Bossier City. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Anonymous. "About Bossier Parish". Bossier Parish. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Arnold-Tidwell House, Historical marker, Bossier Parish, Louisiana
  7. ^ John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 38
  8. ^
  9. ^ David Leip's Presidential election Atlas (Louisiana electoral maps
  10. ^ Geographie Electorale
  11. ^ "Bossier Parish presidential election returns, November 4, 2008". Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bossier Parish presidential election returns, November 6, 2012". Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Kay McMahan, "Bossier Parish, LA, Towns"". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Not Guilty". Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  20. ^ "List of Louisiana Wrongful Convictions Overturned since 1966, November 23, 2003". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Connell Fort Dies Saturday Night at His Residence Here: Was Great Civic Worker and Builder of This City," Webster Signal-Tribune, March 5, 1937, pp. 1, 6

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Coordinates: 32°41′N 93°36′W / 32.68°N 93.60°W / 32.68; -93.60