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Population Winners and Losers in Our Area

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It's no secret that Bossier is one of the fastest growing cities and parishes, population wise, in the state. Some other areas that top the fastest growing list may surprise you, but the city of Shreveport's population has actually declined. We take a closer look at the biggest winners and losers when it comes to population.

Eliot Stonecipher lives in Shreveport. He's concerned about the rate of growth, or the lack thereof in the city. He said, "So the nation grows at 40 percent and we're stuck. That's how dramatic this is."

Michael Corbin is Shreveport's City Council Chairman. He says it's important that the city finds a way to attract people and businesses. "If we look at Shreveport Bossier altogether and we see some small increases, overall we know that Shreveport has stayed relatively flat. We have to find a way to focus on economic development. We've got to have stability in our school system. If we want to keep people in Shreveport, keep young families in Shreveport, attract new businesses to Shreveport, we can't have this cloud over the school system."

Click on this map of Shreveport and surrounding cities. 
Bossier City has grown by 27% since 1980.
Haughton.. in bossier parish has grown by 131%.
Greenwood, the fastest growing city in the area has grown by 212%.
But the population of city of Shreveport, which is the largest metropolitan in the area, hasn't grown at all. It's population has dropped by almost 2%.

Rocky Rocket, is Bossier City's Economic Development Chairman. He says there are a few key things that must be done in order to grow populations and attract more businesses. "I think that you have to have a workforce. You have to show businesses that you're trying to recruit and trying to grow your market but you have to show that you have the workforce that they need. Show businesses that you have people that want to work for them. That's how you help grow that economy and that population."

Stonecipher said, it's not so much growth as relocation. "If you put Caddo and Bossier, DeSoto and Webster together, that four parish corner, we move populations within the four parishes. We don't net grow." Rocket counters, "Some of that may be that people are actually making more dollars, and able to move themselves up to a new neighborhood with bigger homes and be able to spend more consumer like."

Stonecipher says there are a few reasons behind the population decline here in Shreveport. "You can't get people to move here when taxes are so high and there's no discernable improvement in the quality of life. They don't have a plan to fix it. You have to take it up as the most pressing public policy issue in front of us and instead we hide from it. The secret is out, we've got to plan accordingly."

Texarkana Arkansas is the another one of the fastest growing cities in the ArkLaTex with a growth rate of 40 percent since 1980.

Minden has seen a population decline of more than 13 percent.

To give you a better idea of how Shreveport has grown geographically, while losing people when it comes to population, lets take a closer look at Shreveport's population numbers since 1980.

In 1980 Shreveport's population was 205,820.
In 1990, Shreveport grew to encompass more land area, however we only had 198,525 people.
In 2000 we gained more land and but only grew to 200,145 people.
And in 2010, we continued to grow by annexation. However, our population dipped to 199,311.

 

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