Shreveport, LA

Population: 198,571

Key findings

  • Shreveport has a Livability Score of 66/100, which is considered average
  • Shreveport crime rates are 53% higher than the Louisiana average
  • Cost of living in Shreveport is 4% lower than the Louisiana average
  • Shreveport real estate prices are 10% lower than the Louisiana average
  • Rental prices in Shreveport are 5% lower than the Louisiana average

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      Shreveport, LA

      Shreveport is a city that is located in the northwestern part of Louisiana and home to roughly 200,000 residents. Founded in 1836, this city has long been a top producer of cotton and agricultural crops and is today one of Louisiana’s best cities for new residents. Whether you’re moving here to attend school, start a new job or raise a family, Shreveport has many wonderful things to offer.

      One of the best aspects of living in Shreveport is the city’s excellent housing market and low cost of living. Homes for sale in the city are often listed at much lower prices than what you’d find in other parts of the country. Some of the best neighborhoods in the Shreveport area for living include Ellerbe Woods, Greenwood and Benton. The cost of living is also below the U.S. average, which can be especially good for your finances.

      Getting around much of Shreveport is easy thanks to the bus service that’s provided by the Shreveport Area Transit System (SporTran). Interstates 30 and 220 are local routes that many commuters take to reach many points throughout the Shreveport area. The Shreveport Regional Airport manages flights in and out of the city and is the main hub for air transportation.

      The plentiful rainfall experienced throughout much of the year helps keep Shreveport green and vibrant, but the city experiences enough days with pleasant weather that are perfect for getting out and engaging in leisure activities. June is the rainiest month on average with August being the driest. The coldest temperatures in winter rarely drop below the freezing mark while summers are often hot and humid with average daytime highs in the 80s and 90s.

      Along with being a great place to live, Shreveport has many attractions that can keep the whole family entertained. Live entertainment can be seen at the Shreveport Little Theatre, and Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and other venues around town. Interesting artworks can be viewed inside the Meadows Museum of Art and R. W. Norton Art Gallery. The Sci-Port Discovery Center features fascinating science exhibits. Mall St. Vincent is a great place to shop, or you could also check out the stores, restaurants and entertainment venues that make up the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets.

      Shreveport even hosts many annual events that offer more ways to have fun in the city. New Orleans isn’t the only place in Louisiana to celebrate Mardi Gras, and the city of Shreveport puts on its own lively festival each year. The Highland Jazz & Blues Festival is held every November and features an array of talented musical performers. Other fun annual events include the Red River Revel, the Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show, and the springtime Holiday in Dixie.

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      Shreveport Offers Exciting Entertainment Options

      I lived in Shreveport for over 5 years, and I enjoyed the variety of attractions the city has to offer. I only moved when I was required to by my job. If I had a choice, I would gladly relocate back to Shreveport. With so many entertainment possibilities, I was certainly never bored.

      Shreveport is in close proximity to Bossier City. Only a bridge separates the two, so living in Shreveport was almost like having two cities to pick form instead of just one. The casinos are incredibly popular, and people drive from towns nearby to visit and try their luck. While I enjoyed being able to have a casino night with friends, my favorite benefit of Shreveport was having the CenturyLink Center nearby. All of the popular performing acts seem to include it on their tours, and I felt like I never missed out on a concert. I also enjoyed visiting the Louisiana Boardwalk on the weekends. This area combines the best of dining and shopping. When friends came to visit with their families, we would often visit this area and Mall St. Vincent.

      In recent years Shreveport has emerged as a filming location for movies. Local residents are invited to apply for a position as a film extra. I had fun working as an occasional extra, and I miss having that chance. I also took some courses at Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Shreveport pays respect to the French culture that is popular in Louisiana, so Mardi Gras parades are another fun activity that is available. The only negative I found was the traffic. Shreveport traffic can be a hassle, but once I learned my way around the city I enjoyed what I found.
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      Asian Restaurant

      Shreveport has plenty of good restaurants around, especially steakhouses and Asian places. However if you are ever in the mood for some good Chinese food then you should definitely try out Imperial Cathay. They cook good food and make it very fast. Very fresh and receive a good portion for the price. Definitely a restaurant you'd like to try out if you are in the area because it wont let you down. Their dumplings and lunch chicken chowder soup are to die for. Nice place, love eating here with my family and friends. Hope this review helps and you enjoy it too:)
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      Shreveport: Good but Not Great

      I have lived in Shreveport, Louisiana for all of my adult life. While Shreveport itself isn't exactly my favorite place in the world, it's proximity to other places makes it a decent place to live. Shreveport is just half an hour from some really fun places in Louisiana and Texas, including Minden, Louisiana; Grand Cane, Louisiana; and Jefferson, Texas. These cities are great for shopping and sight-seeing day trips. Another great part of living in Shreveport is that Dallas, Texas is just a few hours away. As a matter of fact, I moved to Shreveport from Dallas as a teenager and still have family living there today.

      Foodies will love Shreveport's unique selection of restaurants. History buffs will love the area too. My husband and I are Civil War fanatics and spend many weekends visiting local historic sites. Many people do not know that Shreveport was actually the capital of Louisiana during the Civil War. We also enjoy visiting Natchitoches, Louisiana, which is about an hour away. It is the oldest settlement in the state.

      Just over the Red River is Bossier, Louisiana, which is a wonderful city with great schools and suburban neighborhoods. Unfortunately, while Bossier continues to grow and shine, Shreveport has lost many of the things that once made it great. Our sports teams, which included an American Association baseball team, an Arena League football team and a Western Professional League hockey team, all moved to other cities throughout the last few years. Currently, our historic downtown area is working to reinvent itself by turning old buildings into apartments and hosting numerous annual festivals, but Shreveport has a long way to go before it is as good as it once was.
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      Shreveport, LA - Seafood to Die for!

      I visited Shreveport, Louisiana and had a great time. Shreveport is the best city in America for seafood. Crescent Landing Catfish on Pines Road is the lace to go for an amazing catfish dinner. The hush puppies are fried shrimp are two other favorite dishes served by the eatery. If one would rather dine on oysters than catfish and hush puppies, one should try The Oyster Bar on Piedmont Road. The Oyster Bar is a Shreveport staple, and is known for it's excellent shrimp and plentiful cocktail selections.

      A local favorite restaurant in Shreveport that has been around for a few years is Guiden Seafood Restaurant, an establishment that is famous for its shrimp buster and the goblets of beer it serves. For a fun place to enjoy the company of friends, Guiden can not be beat. For great Cajun seafood, Crawdaddy's Kitchen is the place to go. A favorite of customers is the shrimp po boy. Shrimp and fish baskets are also popular. Food is served fast and for affordable prices.

      Bottom line, Shreveport is the best city to find delicious seafood and is worth the visit!
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      Source: The Shreveport, LA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).