Shreveport–Bossier City metropolitan area

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Shreveport–Bossier City
From top to bottom: Shreveport, Bossier City
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
Principal communities
Area
 • Metro
2,699 sq mi (6,990 km2)
Population
 (2019)
 • MSA
394,706[1] (125th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
InterstatesI-20.svg I-49.svg I-220.svg

The Shreveport–Bossier City metropolitan area, officially designated Shreveport–Bossier City by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget,[2] or simply Greater Shreveport, is a metropolitan statistical area in northwestern Louisiana that covers three parishes: Caddo, Bossier, and DeSoto.[3] At the 2010 United States census, the Shreveport–Bossier City metropolitan area had a population of 439,000. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2018 estimate for the metropolitan area was 436,341 making it Louisiana's third largest metropolitan statistical area, and North Louisiana's largest.[4] In 2019, it declined as Louisiana's fourth largest metropolis at 394,706 residents.[2]

Shreveport–Bossier City is the largest economic and cultural center of North Louisiana and the wider Ark-La-Tex region.[5] The Greater Shreveport metropolitan region comprises the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the Ark-La-Tex.[6] It is part of the I-20 Cyber Corridor linking the area to Ruston, Grambling, and Monroe, Louisiana; Dallas and Tyler, Texas; and Atlanta, Georgia.[7][8][9] Shreveport–Bossier City's metropolitan economy is primarily based on oil and natural gas, manufacturing, casinos, restaurants, commerce, telecommunications, technology, banking, healthcare and medical research, and advertising. The largest companies operating within the metropolitan statistical area are Calumet Specialty Products Partners, SWEPCO, AT&T Mobility and Cricket Wireless, Louisiana State University, JPMorgan Chase, Comcast, Regions Financial Corporation, Brookshire Grocery Company, and Walmart. The metropolis is one of the most religious in the United States, Shreveport being one of the top 5 most religious cities in the United States in 2016.[10]

Geography[edit]

The Shreveport–Bossier City metropolitan area has a total area a little over 2,699 square miles. The area is slightly larger than the U.S. state of Delaware, and smaller than Connecticut and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget defines the metropolitan region as covering Caddo, Bossier, and DeSoto parishes.[3] Previously, Webster Parish was considered part of Greater Shreveport; it is now part of the Shreveport–Bossier City–Minden combined statistical area. Communities of the metropolis sit at elevations over 100 feet above sea level making them primary locations for coastal retreat due to rising sea levels.[11][12]

The Shreveport–Bossier City area is located in the South Central United States, bordering East Texas and South Arkansas.[13] As such, it is within the Piney Woods ecoregion. Its vegetation is classified as temperate forest and grassland. Much of the urbanized area was built on forested land, marshes, swamp, or prairie, remnants of which can still be seen throughout the metropolitan region.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
185023,869
186036,78654.1%
187049,35134.2%
188057,94117.4%
189071,74523.8%
190093,71530.6%
1910107,62714.8%
1920134,90725.3%
1930184,07436.4%
1940215,16816.9%
1950241,08412.0%
1960305,72926.8%
1970317,4673.8%
1980358,60913.0%
1990359,6870.3%
2000375,9654.5%
2010398,6046.0%
2019 (est.)394,706[14]−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
1790–1960[16] 1900–1990[17]
1990–2000[18] 2010–2016[citation needed]
Lakeside Baptist Church in downtown Shreveport,[19] a historic African-American congregation

The American Community Survey's 2019 estimates determined the metropolitan statistical area had a population of 394,706.[2] The population estimates of the metropolis in 2018 was 436,341.[20] There were 171,540 households and 204,144 housing units in the area. Shreveport–Bossier City's racial makeup was 53% White, 40% Black or African American, less than 1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1% Asian American, 1% from two or more races, and 4% Hispanic or Latino of any race. Roughly 2.4% of the metropolitan population was foreign born. The median household income was $41,969 and the per capita income was $25,108. The median value of an owner-occupied housing unit was $142,600. A little over 20% of the area was at or below the poverty line.[21]

In census of 2010,[22] there were 557,201 people, 189,000 households, and 139,000 families residing within the Greater Shreveport metropolitan statistical area. The racial makeup of Greater Shreveport was: 60.58% White, 28.74% African American, 1.02% Native American, 1.88% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, 1.22% from two or more races, and 6.08% Hispanic or Latino of any heritage. The median income for a household in the area was $32,974, and the median income for a family was $39,203. Males had a median income of $35,583 versus $31,848 for females. The per capita income for the metropolis was $16,521.

As of 2020, roughly 63.5% of Greater Shreveport was religious.[23] The city of Shreveport was ranked one of the most religious cities in the U.S. in 2016.[24] The largest religion in the metropolitan statistical area is Christianity, followed by Islam, Judaism, and eastern religions including Buddhism, Sikhism, and Hinduism. There is also a growing spiritual but not religious community. Among Christians, Baptists, Methodists, and Catholics form the largest communities in the metropolitan area. A 2014 study determined the leading Baptist denomination was the Southern Baptist Convention. The United Methodist Church was the largest Methodist body and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shreveport was the primary Catholic jurisdiction.[25] The same study also named Islam the second-largest religion in the area, with Greater Shreveport Muslims making up about 14% of Louisiana's total Muslim-affiliated population.

Economy[edit]

Shreveport Convention Center

Shreveport–Bossier City is the economic and cultural center of Northwest Louisiana and the wider Ark-La-Tex tri-state region. It is also the largest economic metropolitan area in North Louisiana.[26] The area's economic activity is centered in the city of Shreveport, the parish seat of Caddo Parish.

Much of the Shreveport–Bossier City metropolitan area's economy is based on oil and natural gas, manufacturing, casinos, restaurants, and commerce. The city of Shreveport was once a major player in the national oil industry. Standard Oil of Louisiana and United Gas Corporation were headquartered in the city until the 1960s and 1980s. Since the downturn in the oil industry, telecommunications, technology, banking, healthcare and medical research, and advertising have been rising industries since the early 2000s. Filming has also been a prevalent industry in the metropolitan area.[27][28]

The largest companies operating within the metropolitan area are Calumet Specialty Products Partners,[29] SWEPCO,[30] AT&T Mobility and Cricket Wireless,[31] Louisiana State University, JPMorgan Chase,[32] Regions Financial Corporation,[33] Comcast, and Walmart. AT&T, Chase, and Regions have regional offices within Shreveport's downtown area. The Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Company operates numerous Super 1 Foods and Brookshire's supermarkets in the area.[34][35]

From 2013-2014, Greater Shreveport had a gross metropolitan product of nearly $23.6 billion and negative growth rate of 5.4 percent. Its gross metropolitan product had been declining since 2011 to a low of $19 billion in 2016.[36][26] In 2018, its gross metropolitan product rebounded to $23.7 billion.[26] Following statewide economic recovery trends, the Shreveport–Bossier City metropolitan area was expected to gain at least 5,000 jobs by the third quarter of 2021.[37]

Media[edit]

The principal cities of Shreveport and Bossier City have their own newspapers, The Shreveport Times and Bossier Press-Tribune, respectively. Other major publications in the metropolitan area include The Barksdale Warrior, The Shreveport Sun, Caddo Citizen, SB Magazine, The Forum Newsweekly, City Lights, The Inquisitor and The Shreveport Catalyst.

The central city of Shreveport is home to several radio stations, particularly KWKH and KEEL. The three commercial television outlets for the metropolis are KSLA (CBS), founded in 1954;[38] KTBS-TV (ABC), founded in 1955;[39] and KTAL-TV,[40] which arrived in Shreveport in September 1961 as the NBC station. KTBS was an NBC station, with occasional ABC programs, from 1955–1961, when it switched affiliation to ABC. KTAL, formerly known as KCMC of Texarkana, was a CBS outlet prior to conversion to NBC, when it began to cover Shreveport as well as Texarkana.

Television[edit]

Channel Callsign Affiliation Subchannels Owner
(Virtual/RF) Channel Programming
3.1 (28) KTBS-TV ABC 3.2

3.3

The Local AccuWeather Channel

KTBS 24 Hour News

KTBS, Inc. (Wray Famiy)
6.1 (15) KTAL-TV NBC Nexstar Media Group
12.1 (17) KSLA CBS 12.2

12.3

This TV

Bounce TV

Gray Television
21.1 (21) KPXJ The CW 21.2 Me-TV KTBS, Inc.
24.1 (24) KLTS-TV PBS 24.2

24.3

PBS KidsCreate Louisiana Public Broadcasting
33.1 (34) KMSS-TV Fox Marshall Broadcasting Group(operated by Nexstar Media Group)
40 KADO-CD Religious Ind. Word of Life Ministries
42 K42FE-D 3ABN Three Angels Broadcasting

Network, Inc.

45.1 (44) KSHV-TV MyNetworkTV White Knight Broadcasting(operated by Nexstar Media Group)
54 K54CB Ind.
59 W59GO TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network

Radio[edit]

AM stations

Frequency Callsign Nickname Format Owner
710 KEEL News/Talk Townsquare Media
950 KRRP Praise 950 Gospel Music Maria Hobbs, Administratrix of Estate of Frank Van Dyke Hobb, Southeast Ark-La-Tex
980 KOKA Black Gospel Alpha Media
1070 KBCL Contemporary Christian Barnabus Center Ministries
1130 KWKH 1130 The Tiger Sports/Talk Townsquare Media
1240 KASO Classic Hits Greenwood Acres Baptist Church
1300 KSYB Black Gospel Amistad Radio Group
1320 KNCB Sports 1320 Sports Vivian
1340 KRMD (AM) 100.7 The Ticket Sports/Talk Cumulus Media
1450 KNOC 95.9 Kix Country Classic country Elite Radio Group, Southeast Ark-La-Tex
1460 KTKC (AM) Red de Radio Amistad Spanish Christian Houston Christian Broadcasters, Inc.
1480 KIOU Black Gospel Wilkins Communications
1590 KGAS Southern Gospel Hanszen Broadcasting Group

FM stations

Frequency Callsign Nickname Format Owner
89.9 KDAQ Classical Red River Radio
91.3 KSCL College Rock/Various Genres Centenary College
92.1 KSYR Spanish Alpha Media
92.1 KVCL Country Baldridge-Dumas Communications, Southeast Ark-La-Tex
92.9 KSPH True Country Classic country Houston Christian Broadcasters, Inc.
93.7 KXKS-FM Kiss Country 93-7 Country Townsquare Media
94.5 KRUF K94.5 Top 40 Townsquare Media
94.9 KSBH 94.9 The River Country Elite Radio Group, Southeast Ark-La-Tex
95.7 KLKL The River 95.7 Oldies Alpha Media
96.5 KVKI 96-5 KVKI Adult Contemporary Townsquare Media
97.3 KQHN Q97.3 Hot Adult Contemporary Cumulus Media
97.5 KDBH-FM Country Legends 97.5 Classic country Baldridge-Dumas Communications, Southeast Ark-La-Tex
98.1 KTAL 98 Rocks Classic Rock
98.9 KTUX Highway 98.9 Classic rock Townsquare Media
99.7 KMJJ The Big Station 99.7 KMJJ Urban Contemporary Cumulus Media
99.9 KTEZ Easy 99.9 Adult Contemporary Baldridge-Dumas Communications, Southeast Ark-La-Tex
100.7 KZBL Good Time Oldies Oldies Baldridge-Dumas Communications, Southeast Ark-La-Tex
101.1 KRMD Country 101.1 Country Cumulus Media
102.1 KDKS Hot 102 Jamz Urban Adult Contemporary Alpha Media
102.9 KVMA-FM Magic 102.9 Urban Adult Contemporary Cumulus Media
103.7 KBTT 103.7 Tha Beat Mainstream Urban Alpha Media
104.7 KHMD Country Mansfield
105.3 KNCB-FM Caddo Country 105.3 Classic Country Vivian
106.5 KLNQ K-Love Contemporary Christian EMF Broadcasting, Southeast Ark-La-Tex
106.7 KYXA K-Love Contemporary Christian EMF Broadcasting
107.1 KWLV Country Baldridge-Dumas Communications, Southeast Ark-La-Tex

Education[edit]

The Shreveport–Bossier City area is home to several colleges: among them, the Methodist-affiliated Centenary College of Louisiana (originally founded in the East Feliciana Parish town of Jackson in 1825, eventually relocating to Shreveport in 1908), Louisiana Baptist University and Theological Seminary (founded in 1973), Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport (opened in 1969 as the only medical school in northern Louisiana) and one of the largest nursing schools in northern Louisiana, the Northwestern State University College of Nursing (opened in 1949) as well as satellite campuses of Louisiana State University (opened as a two-year institution in 1967, and expanded into a four-year college in 1976), and Southern University (opened in 1967 with a two-year associate's degree program).

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