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Shreveport, Louisiana is a mid-sized city with a population of 198,571 residents. Individuals of White (40%) and Black or African American (56%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Shreveport is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 19 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Shreveport, Louisiana. To help you find the best places to live in and around Shreveport, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and more.

The livability score in Shreveport is 66 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 44th percentile of all cities across America. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Shreveport has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), cost of living (B+) and weather (B). Regrettably for Shreveport, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

Assuming that Shreveport meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Shreveport. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Shreveport are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Shreveport come in at $133,600, which is 9.9% lower than the Louisiana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Shreveport, the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 6.1% higher than the Louisiana average.

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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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Source: The Shreveport, LA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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