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Shreveport is in Caddo Parish. (The community straddles Caddo and Bossier parishes; ePodunk links to the parish with the greater share of population.)
It is the parish seat.
The community was named after Henry Miller Shreve, who opened the Red River to navigation.
The latitude of Shreveport is 32.525N. The longitude is -93.75W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 144 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 198,364.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Shreveport demographic reports
Shreveport is on the Red River.
Last stronghold of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Oil was discovered here in 1906.
The Louisiana Hayride, broadcast here from the Municipal Auditorium over radio station KWKH, helped launch the careers of many country and mainstream music stars, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells, George Jones and Elvis Presley
Public transportation: Shreveport Area Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,056. The number of murders and homicides was 42. The violent crime rate was 10.3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2007 movie, "Pride"
· 2007 movie, "Mr. Brooks"
· 2007 movie, "Premonition"
· 2007 movie, "The Reaping"
· 2006 movie, "The Guardian"
Well-known residents have included:
· Terry Bradshaw, football player
· Van Cliburn, pianist
· Hank Williams Jr., musician
· Jesse Winchester, musician
· David Toms, golfer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, PJ?s Coffee
Local festivals include:
- Mudbug Madness - May 24-25, 2007
- Red River Revel - Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2007
- James Burton International Guitar Festival - March 30-31, 2007
- State Fair of Louisiana - Oct. 25-28, 31, Nov. 1-4, 7-11, 2007
Dates often change. Check Shreveport web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Soda Lake Wildlife Management Area, Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
Shreveport attractions: Casino, American Rose Center Gardens
Sports teams: Sports (American Association of Independent Professional Baseball)
Historic sites and museums:
Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Meadows Museum of Art, Sci-Port Discovery Center, Caddo-Pine Island Oil and Historical Society Museum, McNeill Street Pumping Station
Colleges and universities:
Centenary College of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, Southern University at Shreveport
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 76
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Ancestry & family history
6% of Shreveport residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Shreveport ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Shreveport was $17,759, compared with $21,587 nationally.
22% of Shreveport residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Shreveport festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Mudbug Madness - M
- Red River Revel - S
- State Fair of Louisiana - O
- James Burton International Guitar Festival - M
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Shreveport include St. Paul's Bottoms ... View historic districts
Median rent in Shreveport, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $376. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $747.
Libraries in Shreveport include Atkins Branch, Broadmoor Branch, Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, David Raines Branch, Extension Center Branch, Hamilton Branch, Shreve Memorial Library, South Caddo Branch, Wallette Lakeside Branch, West Shreveport Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Shreveport include Shreveport Times
TV stations in Shreveport include KLTS, KMSS, KSHV, KSLA, KTBS.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KDAQ.
Caddo Parish supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Shreveport political report.
Shreveport restaurants taking online reservations include Superior's Steak House ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Shreveport workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 68 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Shreveport between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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