Bossier Parish, Louisiana
|Bossier Parish, Louisiana|
Renovated Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 24, 1843|
|Named for||US Representative Pierre Bossier|
|Largest city||Bossier Cit|
867 sq mi (2,245 km²)
839 sq mi (2,174 km²)
28 sq mi (72 km²), 3.19%
134.6/sq mi (52/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Bossier Parish (French: Paroisse de Bossier) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Benton. As of the 2010 census, the population was 116,979. The 2011 estimate was 119,732. The population is 74 percent white. The principal city is Bossier City, which is located east of the Red River from Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish.
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.
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.
Law, government, and politics 
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
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.
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). 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,
The parish has a total area of 867 square miles (2,245.5 km2), of which 839 square miles (2,173.0 km2) is land and 28 square miles (72.5 km2) (3.19%) is water. Four miles east of Bossier City is Barksdale Air Force Base.
Major highways 
- Interstate 20
- U.S. Highway 71
- U.S. Highway 79
- U.S. Highway 80
- Louisiana Highway 2
- Louisiana Highway 3
Adjacent parishes 
- Miller County, Arkansas (northwest)
- Lafayette County, Arkansas (north)
- Webster Parish (east)
- Bienville Parish (southeast)
- Red River Parish (south)
- Caddo Parish (west)
National protected area 
As of the census of 2010, there were 158,200 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 74.66% White, 20.82% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 3.12% 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 
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.
Cities and towns 
Census-designated places 
Bossier Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.
See also 
- "Bossier Parish, Louisiana". quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- Arnold-Tidwell House, Historical marker, Bossier Parish, Louisiana
- John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 38
- "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
- David Leip's Presidential election Atlas (Louisiana electoral maps
- Geographie Electorale
- "Bossier Parish presidential election returns, November 4, 2008". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
- "Bossier Parish presidential election returns, November 6, 2012". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
- United States Census Bureau. "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING". Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- United States Census Bureau. "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties of Louisiana: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 (CO-EST2011-01-22)". Retrieved January 14, 2012.
||Miller County, Arkansas||Lafayette County, Arkansas|
|Caddo Parish||Webster Parish|
|Red River Parish||Bienville Parish|