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Pros

-Cost of living
-Downtown renewal
-Healthcare

Cons

-Economy
-Crime rates
-Heat and humidity


What Bert Has To Say About Shreveport-Bossier City Metro Area


Shreveport is a commercial and cultural center for northwest Louisiana, northeast Texas, and southern Arkansas. In the early 20th century, the area experienced a major oil boom which then declined through the century. Recently a new riverfront entertainment district with nightlife and casinos and a new convention center have revitalized downtown Shreveport.

Bossier City, across the Red River, pronounced “bo-zure” and traditionally more depressed than Shreveport, has also emerged as a gambling center and more recently as a retail and entertainment hub with the large new Louisiana Boardwalk downtown complex. The abundance of casinos is surprising given the area’s strong Bible Belt roots.

The area’s economy has had some success luring business and manufacturers, including a new mill for steel products manufacturer Steelscape. The city’s museums and cultural amenities are among the state’s best outside of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. There is plenty of outdoor and water recreation nearby. Low living costs are an attraction, but employment prospects are still weak overall and crime is high. Downsides also include persistently hot summers and a degree of isolation, although the area does have commercial jet service.

The city sits on Red River bottomland with gently rolling terrain nearby, with a mix of general agriculture, cotton plantations and wooded areas throughout. At 209 feet, Shreveport is the highest city in the state. The climate is a mix of humid subtropical and continental types. Summer months are consistently still, warm, and humid, with temperatures frequently above 95. Winters are mild with cold spells of short duration. Below-freezing temperatures occur about 40 times per year, but temperatures drop below 15 degrees only 1 in 2 years. Rainfall is abundant with greater amounts in late spring and less in late summer. Measurable snowfall occurs 1 in 2 years.


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Quick Facts About Shreveport


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Shreveport is 5.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Shreveport jobs have Increased by 0.24 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Shreveport's cost of living is 16.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Shreveport's population is 200,099 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 0.17 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Shreveport is $89,700. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.00 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Shreveport public schools spend $11,732 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.6 students per teacher in Shreveport.

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Retired Here and love it--Southeast Shreveport is
We retired here 3 yrs. ago. First we retired to San Diego suburb to be with family and it was supposed to be the best weather in entire country, but this is even better... (read more)
Shreveport: Crime
The only thing that concerns me about Shreveport is the crime rate. Shreveport retains its "small town" mentality but, when no one was looking, it grew into a big city... (read more)
Mark
Lynn, Shreveport has so much to offer if you would just open your eyes. There are so many different opportunities here for various lifestyles. If you are so unhappy... (read more)
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