Caddo Parish, Louisiana
|Caddo Parish, Louisiana|
Upper tier of Caddo Parish Courthouse, Shreveport
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 18, 1838|
|Named for||Caddo Native Americans|
|• Total||937 sq mi (2,427 km2)|
|• Land||882 sq mi (2,284 km2)|
|• Water||55 sq mi (142 km2), 5.86%|
|• Density||298/sq mi (110/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Part of the larger Shreveport–Bossier City–Minden Combined Statistical Area, it is the largest parish in the Shreveport–Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the third-largest parish in Louisiana.
- 1 History
- 2 Law and government
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 2008 Presidential Election results
- 6 National Guard
- 7 Communities
- 8 Education
- 9 Correction center
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Law and government
As county seat, Shreveport is the site of the parish courthouse. Caddo Parish comprises the 1st Judicial District. Located downtown on Texas Street, the courthouse contains both civil and criminal courts. The current elected judges are Leon L. Emanuel, John Mosely, Jr. (when elected as judge in 1995 he was 34, the youngest person ever elected to the First Judicial Court), Jeanette Garrett, Ramona Emanuel, John Joyce, Roy L. Brun, Scott Crichton, Fred Sexton, Monty M. Wyche (senior judge, died 2014), Robert P. "Bobby" Waddell, and Michael Pitman. The Clerk of Court is Gary Loftin.
The parish has a total area of 937 square miles (2,426.8 km2), of which 882 square miles (2,284.4 km2) is land and 55 square miles (142.4 km2) (5.86%) is water.
- Interstate 20
- Interstate 220
- Interstate 49
- U.S. Highway 71
- U.S. Highway 79
- U.S. Highway 80
- U.S. Highway 171
- Miller County, Arkansas (north)
- Lafayette County, Arkansas (northeast)
- Bossier Parish (east)
- Red River Parish (southeast)
- De Soto Parish (south)
- Panola County, Texas (southwest)
- Harrison County and Marion County, Texas (west)
- Cass County, Texas (northwest)
Caddo Parish borders nine parishes, more than any other parish in Louisiana. As such it is one of the few counties or parishes to border at least eight counties or parishes.
||Cass County, Texas||Miller County, Arkansas||Lafayette County, Arkansas|
|Harrison County, Texas and Marion County, Texas||Bossier Parish|
|Panola County, Texas||De Soto Parish||Red River Parish|
National protected area
As of the census of 2010, there were 254,969 people, 119,502 households, and 68,900 families residing in the parish. According to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Caddo Parish population was 257,093. The population density was 286 people per square mile (110/km²). There were 108,296 housing units at an average density of 123 per square mile (47/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 54.1% White, 35.0% Black or African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. 5.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.
There were 119,502 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.20% were married couples living together, 19.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the parish the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 10.20% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.90 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $31,467, and the median income for a family was $38,872. Males had a median income of $31,664 versus $22,074 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $17,839. About 17.10% of families and 21.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.80% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.
2008 Presidential Election results
Although Republican John McCain carried the state of Louisiana overall, he did not carry Caddo Parish. Democrat Barack Obama won 51% of the vote and 55,536 votes. John McCain trailed with 48% and 52,228 votes. Other candidates received about 1% of the vote. In the U.S. Senate election, Democrat Mary Landrieu, who survived a hard challenge from Republican John Kennedy, received 58% of the vote in Caddo Parish and 60,558 votes. John Kennedy won 40% of the vote and 41,348 votes. Other candidates received 2% of the vote. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush won Caddo Parish. He received 51% of the vote and 54,292 votes. Democrat John F. Kerry received 48% of the vote and 51,739 votes.
|2012||51.9% 58,042||46.9% 52,459|
|2008||51.1% 55,536||48.1% 52,228|
|2004||48.5% 51,739||50.9% 54,292|
|2000||49.7% 47,530||48.9% 46,807|
|1996||55.9% 55,543||38.7% 38,445|
|1992||46.5% 47,733||41.5% 42,665|
|1988||41.5% 39,204||57.7% 54,498|
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The 2nd Squadron of the 108th Cavalry Regiment (formerly 1-156 Armor Battalion until September 2006) is headquartered in Shreveport at the intersection of Stoner Avenue and Youree Drive. Since the Civil War, this armory has been known by locals as "Fort Humbug"; Shreveport served as the state capital after Union forces had seized Baton Rouge. This site was designated as "Fort Turnball" by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1920 and served as a mobilization site during WWII. This unit has served two tours of duty in Iraq (2004-05 & 2010) as part of the 256th Infantry Brigade of the Louisiana National Guard.
Other unincorporated communities:
The Caddo Parish School Board operates public schools.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections operated the Forcht-Wade Correctional Center in Keithville, an unincorporated section of Caddo Parish. It closed in July 2012.
- USS Caddo Parish (LST-515)
- Steve Prator, sheriff of Caddo Parish since 2000
- Jasper K. Smith, former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives 1944-1948 and 1952-1964, and former city attorney of Vivian
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Jackson County Courthouse - missouri.edu
- "Judge John Mosely, Jr.", Louisiana Judicial Council, 2013
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
- Louisiana Secretary of State
- "Forcht-Wade Corr. Center." Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Accessed September 14, 2008.
- "Forcht-Wade Correctional Center." (Archive) Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.