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Greenwood, Louisiana
Suburban town
Town of Greenwood
Greenwood Municipal Complex
Greenwood Municipal Complex
Motto(s): 
Gateway to Louisiana
Location of Greenwood in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Greenwood in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Parish Caddo
Founded 1839
Area
 • Total 9.01 sq mi (23.34 km2)
 • Land 8.99 sq mi (23.29 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
249 ft (76 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,166
 • Rank CD: 3rd
 • Density 352.01/sq mi (135.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-31705

Greenwood is a town in southern Caddo Parish, which is located in the northwest corner of Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,219 at the 2010 census, up from 2,458 in 2000, and 3,199 at the 2018 American Community Survey. Greenwood ranks as 3rd in population in Caddo Parish after Shreveport and Vivian. Part of the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan statistical area, it is located 15 miles west of downtown Shreveport.

History

Greenwood was established in 1839. During the Civil War Battle of Mansfield in April 1864, Confederate wounded were treated at the Dunn House, now used as the headquarters of the local chamber of commerce. Several other historic houses in Greenwood, including the Trosper House, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Caddo Parish Sheriff J. Howell Flournoy, who served a record 26 years in office from 1940–1966, was born in Greenwood in 1891.

On March 3, 1964, Owen D. Adams was elected as a Republican to the historically Democratic Caddo Parish Commission, then known as the police jury (equivalent to county commission in other states). Joining Adams on the police jury was a later state representative, B. F. O'Neal of Shreveport. In 1968, Adams was easily reelected to the police jury. He was the only member of his party to win an office in Caddo Parish that year. Adams, an engineer, served on the body for several terms before he resigned to relocate to Houston, Texas. At times, he was the only Republican on the body. He has since returned to Greenwood.

Geography

Greenwood is located in western Caddo Parish at 32°26′10″N 93°57′50″W / 32.43611°N 93.96389°W / 32.43611; -93.96389 (32.436051, -93.963902). Greenwood Road (U.S. Routes 80 and 79) is the main route through the center of town. Interstate 20 passes through the northern part of the town, with access from exits 3 and 5. Downtown Shreveport is 15 miles (24 km) to the east, and Waskom, Texas, is 6 miles (10 km) to the west. Carthage, Texas, is 31 miles (50 km) to the southwest down US 79.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Greenwood has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.3 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.19%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 212
1980 1,043 392.0%
1990 2,092 100.6%
2000 2,458 17.5%
2010 3,219 31.0%
2020 3,166 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Greenwood racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,908 60.27%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 859 27.13%
Native American 22 0.69%
Asian 24 0.76%
Other/Mixed 193 6.1%
Hispanic or Latino 160 5.05%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,166 people, 1,322 households, and 944 families residing in the town.

Religion

According to Sperling's BestPlaces, the population of Greenwood is primarily Christian. The largest Christian group in the town are Baptists. Baptists in Greenwood are mainly served by the Southern Baptist Convention, though the National Baptist Convention of America and National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. have congregations throughout the town. The second largest Christian group are Methodists. The largest Methodist organization in Greenwood is the United Methodist Church. Following, the Catholic Church is the third largest and served by the Shreveport Diocese, and Pentecostals make up the fourth largest branch. Anglicans or Episcopalians, Presbyterians, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lutherans, and other Christians comprise the remainder. 0.2% of Greenwood identify with Judaism, 0.2% another eastern faith including Hinduism or Sikhism, and 0.2% affiliate with Islam.

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