Caddo Parish, Louisiana
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Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Parish of Caddo
Caddo Parish Courthouse in Shreveport
Caddo Parish Courthouse in Shreveport
Flag of Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Official seal of Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country United States
State Louisiana
RegionNorth Louisiana
FoundedJanuary 18, 1838
Named forCaddo Native Americans
Parish seat (and largest city)Shreveport
Incorporated municipalities
 o Total2,430 km2 (937 sq mi)
 o Land2,280 km2 (879 sq mi)
 o Water150 km2 (58 sq mi)
 o percentage16 km2 (6.2 sq mi)
 o Total254,969
 o Estimate 
 o RankLA: 4th
 o Density110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 o Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code318
Congressional district4th
Websiteofficial website
Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Caddo Parish Courthouse
The Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport located downtown in the former US post office and courthouse
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 northwest corner of the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 254,969,[1] making it the fourth-most populous parish in Louisiana. The parish seat is Shreveport, which developed along the Red River.[2]

Caddo Parish is included in the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan statistical area.


In 1838, Caddo Parish was created by territory taken from Natchitoches Parish; the legislature named it for the indigenous Caddo Indians who had lived in the area. Most were forced out during Indian Removal in the 1830s.

The parish was initially a center of cotton plantations, developed by planters along the waterways and worked by thousands of enslaved African-American laborers. Shreveport, the parish seat, became a center of government, trade and law.

An armory was constructed in Shreveport before the Civil War. This city served as the state capital after Union forces had seized Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Locals have referred to the armory as "Fort Humbug".

After the Civil War, and particularly after Reconstruction, whites in the parish used violence and intimidation against blacks to suppress Republican voting and re-establish white supremacy. The parishes in northwest Louisiana had a high rate of violence and lynchings. From 1877 through the early 20th century, there were 48 lynchings of African Americans in Caddo Parish; this was the second-highest total in the state after Lafourche Parish, and nearly twice as high as the lowest parishes among the top six.[3] The victims included Jennie Steers, a domestic servant hanged by a white lynch mob in July 1903, for allegedly poisoning the daughter of her employer.[4]

In 1920 the Daughters of the Confederacy, who were memorializing the Civil War, designated the armory as "Fort Turnball". During World War II, the government used it as a mobilization site for men who had been drafted and recruited.

In the early twentieth century, the oil industry developed here, with a concentration of related businesses in Shreveport. Numerous oil wells were constructed across southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana.[5]

Law and government

As parish seat, Shreveport is the site of the parish courthouse. Caddo Parish comprises the 1st Judicial District. Located downtown on Texas Street, the courthouse contains both civil and criminal courts. The current elected judges are: Ramon Lafitte, Craig O. Marcotte, Michael A. Pitman, Karelia R. Stewart, Robert P. Waddell, Erin Leigh W. Garrett, Katherine C. Dorroh, John Mosely, Jr., Brady O'Callaghan, Ramona Emanuel, Charles G. Tutt, and Roy Brun. The Clerk of Court is Mike Spence. Caddo Parish like all parishes in Louisiana utilizes Justices of the Peace and Constables particularly when civil suits below $5000 or an eviction has been filed.


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.[6]

Major highways

Entry into Louisiana (Caddo Parish) on Interstate 20.

Adjacent counties and parishes

National protected area


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. Men had a median income of $31,664 versus $22,074 for women. 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.

The parish includes some of the poorest areas in the state by ZIP code. Statistics from 2014 show:[12]

  • West Shreveport (71103) is the poorest ZIP code in the state with a per capita income of just $22,267.
  • Queensborough, Shreveport (71109) is the fourth-poorest with $24,966.
  • Caddo Heights/South Highlands (71108) is the fifth-poorest with $25,334.
  • Rodessa (71069) is the twenty-fourth-poorest with $34,346.

The largest employers in the region are:[13]

Employer Employees Note
1 Caddo Parish Public Schools (CPPS) 9,416
2 Willis-Knighton Medical Center 6,732
3 University Health 6,372
4 LSU Health Shreveport 2,762
5 City of Shreveport 2,569


Since the late 20th century, most conservative whites in Louisiana have shifted into the Republican Party. Politics largely follows ethnic patterns, as most African Americans have supported national Democratic candidates since regaining the power to vote and other civil rights under Democratic national administrations. Some urban liberal whites also vote Democratic. Since 1980, Caddo Parish has voted for the overall national popular vote winner in presidential campaigns. Notably the city of Shreveport is the base for Democratic strength, while surrounding white-majority suburban areas are aligned with the Republican Party.[14]

In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush won Caddo Parish. He received 51% of the vote and 54,292 votes. Democrat John F. Kerry received 48% of the vote and 51,739 votes.

In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama won 51% of the vote and 55,536 votes in the parish. John McCain trailed with 48% and 52,228 votes. Other candidates received about 1% of the vote. McCain carried the state of Louisiana.

In the U.S. Senate election in 2008, Democrat Mary Landrieu, who survived a hard challenge from Republican John Neely Kennedy, received 58% of the vote in Caddo Parish and 60,558 votes. John Kennedy won 40% of the vote and 41,348 votes. Other candidates received 2% of the vote.

In the 2016 US Senate election, Republican John Neely Kennedy defeated Democrat Foster Campbell in Caddo Parish. Kennedy also won the general statewide election, giving Louisiana two Republican senators.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 46.3% 49,006 50.6% 53,483 3.1% 3,315
2012 46.9% 52,459 51.9% 58,042 1.1% 1,264
2008 48.1% 52,228 51.1% 55,536 0.8% 896
2004 50.9% 54,292 48.5% 51,739 0.5% 564
2000 48.9% 46,807 49.7% 47,530 1.4% 1,302
1996 38.7% 38,445 55.9% 55,543 5.4% 5,391
1992 41.6% 42,665 46.5% 47,733 12.0% 12,280
1988 57.7% 54,498 41.5% 39,204 0.7% 700
1984 63.7% 63,429 35.9% 35,727 0.5% 445
1980 57.4% 51,202 40.8% 36,422 1.7% 1,560
1976 57.3% 42,627 41.2% 30,593 1.5% 1,120
1972 71.7% 47,215 23.8% 15,649 4.6% 3,003
1968 31.5% 21,224 26.2% 17,675 42.3% 28,463
1964 80.6% 42,197 19.4% 10,158
1960 54.3% 25,139 24.8% 11,481 20.9% 9,681
1956 60.3% 23,432 27.8% 10,780 11.9% 4,637
1952 65.7% 27,850 34.3% 14,554
1948 21.6% 4,777 27.1% 5,985 51.3% 11,355
1944 31.3% 5,885 68.6% 12,896 0.2% 29
1940 15.4% 3,124 84.5% 17,192 0.1% 29
1936 12.3% 1,697 87.7% 12,156 0.0% 4
1932 9.7% 1,309 89.7% 12,159 0.6% 85
1928 34.6% 3,665 65.4% 6,934
1924 17.7% 1,062 75.4% 4,517 6.9% 411
1920 8.6% 401 91.4% 4,264
1916 4.6% 151 95.3% 3,109 0.1% 4
1912 1.6% 34 88.5% 1,946 10.0% 220


The Caddo Parish School Board operates public schools. The parish also has fourteen private schools.[16]

Correction center

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections operated the Forcht-Wade Correctional Center in Keithville, an unincorporated section of Caddo Parish.[17] As the state succeeded in reducing the number of prisoners, it closed this facility in July 2012.[18]

The Caddo Correctional Center is a full-service parish jail rated at a capacity of 1,500 beds. Constructed in 1994, this facility was designed to successfully manage a large number of inmates with a minimum of personnel. The Caddo Correctional Center is the largest jail in the Ark-La-Tex and the only "direct supervision" facility in the state.[]

National Guard

The 2nd Squadron of the 108th Cavalry Regiment (formerly 1-156 Armor Battalion until September 2006) is headquartered in Shreveport at the armory at the intersection of Stoner Avenue and Youree Drive. This facility was built before the Civil War. 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.





Unincorporated areas

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Lynching in America, Third Edition: Supplement by County Archived 2017-10-23 at the Wayback Machine, p. 6, Equal Justice Initiative, Mobile, AL, 2017
  4. ^ Michael James Pfeifer, Rough Justice: Lynching and American Society, 1874-1947, University of Illinois Press, 2004, p. 198, Footnote #104
  5. ^ Fairclough (1999), pp. 7-8
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "The 50 poorest places in Louisiana, by ZIP code". New Orleans Times-Picciune. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Leading Employers in Caddo Parish". North Louisiana Economic Partnership. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Caddo Parish, LA Private Schools". Private School Review. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Forcht-Wade Corr. Center Archived 2008-09-15 at the Wayback Machine." Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Accessed September 14, 2008.
  18. ^ "Forcht-Wade Correctional Center Archived 2012-11-02 at the Wayback Machine." (Archive) Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.

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Coordinates: 32°35?N 93°53?W / 32.58°N 93.88°W / 32.58; -93.88

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