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Caddo Parish, Louisiana
|Parish of Caddo|
Caddo Parish Courthouse in Shreveport
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 18, 1838|
|Named for||Caddo Native Americans|
|Parish seat (and largest city)||Shreveport|
1 city, 5 towns, 5 villages
(located entirely or partially
within parish boundaries)
|• Total||2,430 km2 (937 sq mi)|
|• Land||2,280 km2 (879 sq mi)|
|• Water||150 km2 (58 sq mi)|
|• percentage||16 km2 (6.2 sq mi)|
|• Density||98.01/km2 (253.84/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Website||official website: http://www.caddo.org|
Caddo Parish (French: Paroisse de Caddo) is a parish located in the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Louisiana. At the 2010 census, the population was 254,969, and 237,848 in 2020. The parish seat is Shreveport, which developed along the Red River. Caddo Parish is included in the Shreveport–Bossier 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.
- Interstate 20
- Interstate 220
- Interstate 49
- U.S. Highway 71
- U.S. Highway 79
- U.S. Highway 80
- U.S. Highway 171
Adjacent counties and parishes
- Miller County, Arkansas (north)
- Lafayette County, Arkansas (northeast)
- Bossier Parish (east)
- Red River Parish (southeast)
- De Soto Parish (south)
- Panola County, Texas (southwest)
- Harrison County (west)
- Marion County, Texas (west)
- Cass County, Texas (northwest)
National protected area
- Red River National Wildlife Refuge (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||114,769||48.25%|
|Hispanic or Latino||8,381||3.52%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 237,848 people, 92,589 households, and 56,525 families residing in the parish.
At the 2010 U.S. census, there were 254,969 people, 119,502 households, and 68,900 families residing in the parish. According to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the Caddo Parish population was 257,093. As of 2010, the population density was 286 people per square mile (110/km2).
At the 2019 American Community Survey, the racial and ethnic makeup of the parish was 49.9% Black or African American, 44.3% non-Hispanic or Latino white, 0.4% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 0.3% some other race, 1.8% two or more races, and 2.9% Hispanic or Latin American of any race. In 2010, 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% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races; 5.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latin American.
In 2010, 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 2019, there were 92,589 households spread throughout 113,578 housing units; 59.8% of housing units were owner-occupied. The median gross rent was $810.
At the 2010 census, 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. At the 2019 American Community Survey, 76.1% were aged 18 and older, and 6.8% of the population were age 5 and under. The median age was 38.8.
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.
- Shreveport (parish seat and largest city)
- Lakeview (suburb of Shreveport)
- Bethany (partly in Panola County, TX)
- Keithville (suburb of Shreveport)
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The parish includes some of the poorest areas in the state by ZIP code. Statistics from 2014 show:
- West Shreveport (71103) was the poorest ZIP code in the state with a per capita income of just $22,267.
- Queensborough, Shreveport (71109) was the fourth-poorest with $24,966.
- Caddo Heights/South Highlands (71108) was the fifth-poorest with $25,334.
- Rodessa (71069) was the twenty-fourth-poorest with $34,346.
The largest employers in the region are:
|1||Caddo Parish Public Schools (CPPS)||9,416|
|2||Willis-Knighton Medical Center||6,732|
|4||LSU Health Shreveport||2,762|
|5||City of Shreveport||2,569|
The Caddo Parish School Board operates public schools. The parish also has fourteen private schools.
It is in the service area of Bossier Parish Community College.