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Caddo Parish
Caddo Parish Courthouse in Shreveport
Caddo Parish Courthouse in Shreveport
Flag of Caddo Parish
Official seal of Caddo Parish
Map of Louisiana highlighting Caddo Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Founded January 18, 1838
Named for Caddo Native Americans
Seat Shreveport
Largest city Shreveport
 • Total 937 sq mi (2,430 km2)
 • Land 879 sq mi (2,280 km2)
 • Water 58 sq mi (150 km2)  6.2%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 290/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th
Confederate memorial at Caddo Courthouse IMG 1326
Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Caddo Parish Courthouse
Shreveport September 2015 039 (Shreve Memorial Library)
The Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport located downtown in the former US post office and courthouse
Red River Bridge near Hosston in Caddo Parish IMG 5171
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, making it the fourth-most populous parish in Louisiana. The parish seat is Shreveport.

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


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


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.

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National protected area

  • Red River National Wildlife Refuge (part)


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. 2015 251,460 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

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.

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.

National Guard

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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