Shreveport, Louisiana

parish seat of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States

Shreveport (/ˈʃrvpɔːrt/ SHREEV-port) is a city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It has a population of 199,311 in 2010.[4] It is the third most populous city in Louisiana (after New Orleans and Baton Rouge). It was founded in 1836 where the Red River meets the Texas Trail (now Interstate 20) and US Highway 80. The history of this city it was first adapted by the Caddo.

Shreveport, Louisiana
City of Shreveport
Shreveport Convention Center
Caddo Parish Courthouse
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Official logo of Shreveport, Louisiana
Interactive map of Shreveport
Coordinates: 32°30′53″N 93°44′50″W / 32.51472°N 93.74722°W / 32.51472; -93.74722Coordinates: 32°30′53″N 93°44′50″W / 32.51472°N 93.74722°W / 32.51472; -93.74722
Country United States
State Louisiana
ParishesCaddo, Bossier
Founded1836; 187 years ago (1836)
IncorporatedMarch 20, 1839; 184 years ago (1839-03-20)
Named forHenry Miller Shreve
 • MayorTom Arceneaux (Republican)
 • City Council
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 • City and parish seat123.84 sq mi (320.74 km2)
 • Land108.14 sq mi (280.10 km2)
 • Water15.69 sq mi (40.65 km2)
 • Metro
2,698 sq mi (6,987.8 km2)
154 to 253 ft (46 to 77.1 m)
 • City and parish seat187,593
 • Rank1st in Caddo Parish
3rd in Louisiana
137th in United States
 • Density1,734.64/sq mi (669.75/km2)
 • Urban
288,052 (US: 140th)[2]
 • Urban density1,592.8/sq mi (615.0/km2)
 • Metro
393,406 (US: 140th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-70000
WebsiteCity of Shreveport

During the American Civil War, Shreveport was the capital of Louisiana from 1863–1865. The capital moved here after, first, Baton Rouge, and then Opelousas each fell under Union control. The city was a Confederate stronghold throughout the war and was the site of the headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate Army. Isolated from events in the east, the Civil War continued in the Trans-Mississippi theater for several weeks after Robert E. Lee's surrender in April 1865, and the Trans-Mississippi was the last Confederate command to surrender, on May 26, 1865. Confederate President Jefferson Davis attempted to flee to Shreveport when he left Richmond but was captured en route in Irwinville, Georgia.


  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  2. United States Census Bureau (December 29, 2022). "2020 Census Qualifying Urban Areas and Final Criteria Clarifications". Federal Register.
  3. "What is the proper demonym for someone from Shreveport?". Stack Exchange. Archived from the original on May 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  4. "Shreveport(city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2011.

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