Shreveport

Last Modified: October 28, 2008About Shreveport

Good news about living in Shreveport

The Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area is one of the few locations where people can purchase a decent single-family home in a nice, attractive and safe neighborhood for under $160,000 and find an abundance of good available jobs. Because commuting distances around the area are relatively short and highways are not overcrowded, driving tends to be less stressful and the numerous opportunities for shopping at modern supermarkets, large discount stores and smaller specialty stores are more enjoyable. Shreveport provides many different kinds of entertainment and cultural activities for people to enjoy with friends and families in addition to the natural beauty found on the romantic Red River, in more than 5,000 acres of landscaped parks and tranquil lakes, and on many miles of nature trails and jogging paths. For people who enjoy gambling and exciting nightlife, the casino resorts in Shreveport and Bossier City provide a legally regulated and safe environment that is remarkably family-friendly. Ranging from classic old southern plantation style homes on large, stately properties to hundreds of thousands of attractive 3 and 4-bedroom homes that were constructed during the second half of the 20th century, Shreveport-Bossier City offers a wide variety of affordable housing at relatively low cost. Shreveport is also leading the way in 21st century housing with development of master planned communities that integrate residential homes, commercial businesses and beautifully landscaped settings in which people can live, work and enjoy the natural environment. The unique lifestyle in Shreveport results from all the amenities that are available in a bustling metropolitan area with a population of 375,000 combined with the warm feeling of living inside a friendly community replete with southern hospitality and small-town charm.

Good news about working in Shreveport

Shreveport’s businesses are thriving, the job market is strong and employee income is relatively good. According to information derived from the United States 2000 Census, the median household income in Louisiana was $39,337 while the national median household income was $41,994. The median income for male full-time workers in Louisiana was $40,765 while the national average median income for men was only $37,057. The median income for female full-time workers in Louisiana was $27,000 and the national average median income for women was $27,194. According to the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association, the cost of living index in Shreveport during 2006 was 7.2% below the national cost of living index.

Shreveport provides a safe and enjoyable living environment for everybody

The citizens of Shreveport are happy that their program of working together with law enforcement personnel to reduce crime is working very well. Violent crimes in 2007 were down 2% compared with 2006, property related crimes were down 4% and overall crime rates are steadily dropping. At the end of 2007, burglaries were at a 30-year low level, thefts were at a 28-year low, and property related crimes were at their lowest level since 1978. This is very good news for homeowners, especially for families with children. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 70% of the households in Shreveport-Bossier City consist of families. Shreveport offers many opportunities for residents and tourists to enjoy a wide variety of cultural attractions and venues. Reaching about 50,000 avid devotees each week via Red River Radio, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra demonstrates classical musical excellence in over two hundred concerts during each performance season. The Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet enhances cultural life in Shreveport through its public performances and also by giving free demonstrations in the schools to children who may not receive an opportunity to enjoy a live ballet performance. Also assisting children in the schools by providing free educational experiences, the Shreveport Opera presents 45-minute mini-operas conceived especially for young children in addition to 3 main operatic presentations they have been offering to the public each year ever since the late 1940’s. You will find more detailed information about many other exciting attractions and opportunities in the Shreveport-Bossier Metropolitan Area throughout this website.