Caddo Parish, Louisiana

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Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Shreveport September 2015 113 (Caddo Parish Courthouse).jpg
Caddo Parish Courthouse in Shreveport
Flag of Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Flag
Seal of Caddo Parish, Louisiana
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Map of Louisiana highlighting Caddo Parish
Location in the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded January 18, 1838
Named for Caddo Native Americans
Seat Shreveport
Largest city Shreveport
Area
 • Total 937 sq mi (2,427 km2)
 • Land 879 sq mi (2,277 km2)
 • Water 58 sq mi (150 km2), 6.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 251,460
 • Density 290/sq mi (112/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.caddo.org
Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Caddo Parish Courthouse
The Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport located downtown in the former US post office and courthouse
This bridge atop the Red River links Bossier and Caddo parishes just east of Hosston.

Caddo Parish (French: Paroisse de Caddo) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 254,969,[1] making it the fourth-most populous parish in Louisiana. The parish seat is Shreveport.[2]

Caddo Parish is included in the ShreveportBossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

In 1838, Caddo Parish was carved from Natchitoches Parish; the legislature named it for the indigenous Caddo Indians.[3]

The parish was a center of plantation cotton culture along the Red River in the antebellum years and after, which brought in many enslaved African Americans as workers before the Civil War. In the twentieth century, the oil industry developed here, with a concentration of related businesses in Shreveport.[4]

From 1900 to 1930, at least nineteen blacks were lynched in this parish, more than in any other in Louisiana in that period.[5] In the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan recruited many members from here, and a local NAACP member wrote in 1923, "This place is one of the most intolerant in the whole southland."[5] During the 1950s and '60s, it had many whites who belonged to the segregationist Citizens Council.[5]

Law and government[edit]

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: Ramon Lafitte, Craig O. Marcotte, Michael A. Pitman, Karelia R. Stewart, Robert P. Waddell, Erin Leigh W. Garrett, Katherine C. Dorroh, John Mosely, Jr., Brady O'Callaghan, Ramona Emanuel, and Charles G. Tutt and Roy Brun. The Clerk of Court is Mike Spence.

In April 2015, The New Yorker published an article about the prosecution of Rodricus Crawford. It reported that Caddo Parish sentenced a disproportionately high number of persons to death, compared to other parishes in the state.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 937 square miles (2,430 km2), of which 978 square miles (2,530 km2) is land and 58 square miles (150 km2) (6.2%) is water.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties and parishes[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 5,282
1850 8,884 68.2%
1860 12,140 36.7%
1870 21,714 78.9%
1880 26,296 21.1%
1890 31,555 20.0%
1900 44,499 41.0%
1910 58,200 30.8%
1920 83,265 43.1%
1930 124,670 49.7%
1940 150,203 20.5%
1950 176,547 17.5%
1960 223,859 26.8%
1970 230,184 2.8%
1980 252,358 9.6%
1990 248,253 −1.6%
2000 252,161 1.6%
2010 254,969 1.1%
Est. 2016 248,851 [8] −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[1]

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 49.1% White, 40.0% 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.

Economy[edit]

The median income for a household in the parish was $31,467, and the median income for a family was $38,872. Men had a median income of $31,664 versus $22,074 for women. 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.

The parish includes some of the poorest areas in the state by ZIP code. Statistics from 2014 show:[13]

  • West Shreveport (71103) is the poorest ZIP code in the state with a per capita income of just $22,267.
  • Queensborough, Shreveport (71109) is the fourth-poorest with $24,966.
  • Caddo Heights/South Highlands (71108) is the fifth-poorest with $25,334.
  • Rodessa (71069) is the twenty-fourth poorest with $34,346.

The largest employers in the region are:[14]

Employer Employees Note
1 Caddo Parish Public Schools (CPPS) 9,416
2 Willis-Knighton Medical Center 6,732
3 University Health 6,372
4 LSU Health Shreveport 2,762
5 City of Shreveport 2,569

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 46.3% 49,006 50.6% 53,483 3.1% 3,315
2012 46.9% 52,459 51.9% 58,042 1.1% 1,264
2008 48.1% 52,228 51.1% 55,536 0.8% 896
2004 50.9% 54,292 48.5% 51,739 0.5% 564
2000 48.9% 46,807 49.7% 47,530 1.4% 1,302
1996 38.7% 38,445 55.9% 55,543 5.4% 5,391
1992 41.6% 42,665 46.5% 47,733 12.0% 12,280
1988 57.7% 54,498 41.5% 39,204 0.7% 700
1984 63.7% 63,429 35.9% 35,727 0.5% 445
1980 57.4% 51,202 40.8% 36,422 1.7% 1,560
1976 57.3% 42,627 41.2% 30,593 1.5% 1,120
1972 71.7% 47,215 23.8% 15,649 4.6% 3,003
1968 31.5% 21,224 26.2% 17,675 42.3% 28,463
1964 80.6% 42,197 19.4% 10,158
1960 54.3% 25,139 24.8% 11,481 20.9% 9,681
1956 60.3% 23,432 27.8% 10,780 11.9% 4,637
1952 65.7% 27,850 34.3% 14,554
1948 21.6% 4,777 27.1% 5,985 51.3% 11,355
1944 31.3% 5,885 68.6% 12,896 0.2% 29
1940 15.4% 3,124 84.5% 17,192 0.1% 29
1936 12.3% 1,697 87.7% 12,156 0.0% 4
1932 9.7% 1,309 89.7% 12,159 0.6% 85
1928 34.6% 3,665 65.4% 6,934
1924 17.7% 1,062 75.4% 4,517 6.9% 411
1920 8.6% 401 91.4% 4,264
1916 4.6% 151 95.3% 3,109 0.1% 4
1912 1.6% 34 88.5% 1,946 10.0% 220

Although Republican John McCain carried the state of Louisiana overall, he did not carry Caddo Parish in the 2008 presidential election. 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 Neely 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. Since 1980, Caddo Parish has voted for the overall national popular vote winner in presidential campaigns. Notably the city of Shreveport is the driving force behind Democratic strength, while surrounding areas provide heavy Republican support.[16]

Education[edit]

The Caddo Parish School Board operates public schools.

Correction center[edit]

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections operated the Forcht-Wade Correctional Center in Keithville, an unincorporated section of Caddo Parish.[17] It closed in July 2012.[18]

The Caddo Correctional Center is a full-service jail rated at a capacity of 1500 beds. Constructed in 1994, this facility was designed to successfully manage a large number of inmates with a minimum of personnel, the Caddo Correctional Center is the largest jail in the Ark-La-Tex and the only "direct supervision" facility in the State of Louisiana.

National Guard[edit]

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 World War II. 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.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "History of Caddo Parish". Parish of Caddo. 2004. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fairclough (1999), pp. 7-8
  5. ^ a b c Adam Fairclough, Race & Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972, University of Georgia Press, 1999, p. 8
  6. ^ Rachel Aviv (July 6, 2015). "Revenge Killing, Race and the Death Penalty in a Louisiana Parish". The New Yorker. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The 50 poorest places in Louisiana, by ZIP code". New Orleans Times-Picciune. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Leading Employers in Caddo Parish". North Louisiana Economic Partnership. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
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  17. ^ "Forcht-Wade Corr. Center Archived 2008-09-15 at the Wayback Machine.." Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Accessed September 14, 2008.
  18. ^ "Forcht-Wade Correctional Center Archived 2012-11-02 at the Wayback Machine.." (Archive) Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.

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Coordinates: 32°35′N 93°53′W / 32.58°N 93.88°W / 32.58; -93.88