US Census Bureau: Shreveport, Louisiana

As of July 1, 2022, the population of Shreveport, Louisiana is estimated to be 180,153, a 4% decline since the previous estimate of 187,587, reported April 1, 2020. Given population estimates 12 years prior—reported April 1, 2010—at 199,311, Shreveport, Louisiana appears to be in steep decline. Here are other data regarding the City of Shreveport:

Age and Sex

Persons Under 5 Years of Age: 6.7%
Persons Under 18 Years of Age: 24.2%
Persons Age 65+: 16.4%
Female Persons: 52.7%


White: 37%
Black or African American: 56.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4%
Asian: 1.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
Hispanic or Latino: 2.9%
Multiracial: 3.2%

Population Characteristics

Veterans (2017-2021): 10,959
Foreign-Born Persons (2017-2021): 2.4%


Housing Units (July 1, 2022): X
Owner-Occupied Housing Unit Rate (2017-2021): 52.9%
Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing Units (2017-2021): $155,000
Median Selected Monthly Owner Costs (with a mortgage) (2017-2021): $1,247
Median Selected Monthly Owner Costs (without a mortgage) 2017-2021: $410
Median Gross Rent (2017-2021): $867
Building Permits (2022): X

Families & Living Arrangements

Households (2017-2021): 74,949
Persons per Household (2017-2021): 2.46
Living in Same House 1 Year Ago (Age 1 +) (2017-2021): 86.1%
Language Other than English Spoken at Home (Age 5+) (2017-2021): 4.0%

Computer and Internet Use

Households with a Computer (2017-2021): 88.1%
Households with Broadband Internet Subscription (2017-2021): 75.8%


High School Graduate or Higher (Age 25+) (2017-2021): 87.1%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (Age 25+) (2017-2021): 25.9%


Persons with a Disability (Under Age 65) (2017-2021): 10.9%
Persons without Health Insurance (Under Age 65): 9.1%


Civilian Labor Force (Age 16+) (2017-2021): 57.5%
Percentage of Civilian Labor Force that is Female (Age 16+) (2017-2021): 55.6%
Total Accommodation and Food Service Sales (2017): $753,504
Total Healthcare and Social Assistance Receipts/Revenue (2017): $4,126,841
Total Transportation and Warehousing Receipts/Revenue (2017): $491,178
Total retail sales (2017): $3,386,100
Total Retail Sales per Capita (2017): $17,621


Mean Travel Time to Work (Age 16+) (2017-2021): 19.6 minutes

Income & Poverty

Median Household Income (in 2021 dollars) (2017-2021): $41,782
Per capita Income for Previous 12 Months (in 2021 dollars) (2017-2021): $29,862
Persons in Poverty: 24.5%


Total Employer Establishments (2021): X
Total Employment (2021): X
Total Annual payroll (2021): X
Total Employment (2020-2021): X
Total Non-Employer Establishments (2020): X
All Employer Firms (2017): 4,109
Men-Owned Employer Firms (2017): 2,332
Women-Owned Employer Firms (2017): 538
Minority-Owned Employer Firms (2017): 385
Non-Minority Owned Employer Firms (2017): 3,020
Veteran-Owned Employer Firms (2017): 312
Nonveteran-Owned Employer Firms (2017): 3,036


Population per Square Mile (2020): 1,740.2
Population per Square Mile (2010): 1,891.4
Land Area in Square Miles (2020): 107.80
Land Area in Square Miles (2010): 105.38
FIPS Code: 2270000

(Source: US Census Bureau)

Analyzing the data provided by the US Census Bureau, we can infer several key characteristics and trends about the population and economy of Shreveport, Louisiana:

  1. Population Decline: There has been a notable decrease in the population over the past 12 years, signaling a possible trend of migration away from Shreveport. The local government might wish to investigate the causes and potentially develop strategies to curb this decline or attract new residents.
  2. Demographics: A significant portion of the population is under the age of 18, indicating a younger population that might necessitate educational and recreational facilities. Additionally, with a substantial portion being 65 and older, healthcare and elderly support systems might be essential services to focus on.
  3. Economy: The median household income and the percentage of persons in poverty indicate that there might be a considerable wealth gap in the city. Economic development plans might focus on creating jobs and uplifting communities out of poverty.
  4. Housing: Owner-occupied housing units make up over half of the living arrangements, and the median value of these houses seems moderate. The local government might look into further developing housing projects to accommodate different income levels.
  5. Education: A significant portion of the population has completed high school, and a quarter have achieved a bachelor’s degree or higher. Education seems to be a strong point in the city, which could potentially be leveraged in attracting businesses and investments that require a well-educated workforce.
  6. Health: The data reflects a reasonable percentage of the population under 65 with a disability, which means healthcare infrastructure and support services for persons with disabilities might be important areas for development.
  7. Transportation: The mean travel time to work is relatively short, suggesting that the city has efficient transportation networks, which could be a positive point when promoting the city for new business establishments or expansions.
  8. Business: It appears that there is a good number of men-owned businesses compared to women-owned businesses. Encouraging female entrepreneurship might be an area where local initiatives could make a significant impact.

Regarding the approach to fostering growth and development in Shreveport, it seems prudent to consider strategies that leverage the existing strengths (like education) while also addressing the evident challenges (like the poverty rate and population decline). A comprehensive approach that involves various stakeholders, including the community and local businesses, would be a suitable way forward.