Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

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Population

436,341

1.04% decline

Median Age

37.3


Median Household Income

$41,969

8.65% growth

Poverty Rate

21.7%


Number of Employees

186,665

4.5% growth

Median Property Value

$142,600

4.55% decline

About

In 2018, Shreveport-Bossier City, LA had a population of 436k people with a median age of 37.3 and a median household income of $41,969. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA declined from 440,933 to 436,341, a -1.04% decrease and its median household income grew from $38,627 to $41,969, a 8.65% increase.

The population of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is 53.1% White Alone, 39.7% Black or African American Alone, and 3.62% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA are Northwest Louisiana Technical College (1,453 degrees awarded in 2017), Bossier Parish Community College (1,243 degrees), and Louisiana State University-Shreveport (982 degrees).

The median property value in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is $142,600, and the homeownership rate is 61.5%. Most people in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is 2 cars per household.

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA borders Magnolia, AR, Marshall, TX, Natchitoches, LA, and Texarkana, TX-AR.

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Economy

The economy of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA employs 187k people. The largest industries in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,419 people), Retail Trade (23,078 people), and Construction (14,359 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($54,985), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,049), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,329).

Median household income in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is $41,969. Males in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA have an average income that is 1.56 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,815. The income inequality in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,969

2018 value

± $2,125

8.65%

1 Year Growth

± 6.94%

Households in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA have a median annual income of $41,969, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $38,627 in 2017, which represents a 8.65% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,054

Average Male Salary

± $1,713

$41,815

Average Female Salary

± $1,033

In 2018, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.56 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $54,325 ± $1,279

  2. Two or More Races

    $46,528 ± $8,199

  3. Asian

    $42,224 ± $6,418

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was White. These workers were paid 1.17 times more than Two or More Races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2018 Wage GINI

0.468

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.46% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $79,495, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $65,392 and $64,067.

The following map shows all of the counties in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA (94.4k out of 434k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    59,250 ± 1,778

  2. White

    31,285 ± 1,403

  3. Hispanic

    4,535 ± 528

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

187k

2018 Value

± 8,271

4.5%

1 Year growth

± 6%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA grew at a rate of 4.5%, from 179k employees to 187k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (22,510 people), Sales & Related Occupations (20,547 people), and Management Occupations (16,265 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (22,510 people), Sales & Related Occupations (20,547 people), and Management Occupations (16,265 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Shreveport-Bossier City, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.41 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.33 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($88,563), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,376), and Management Occupations ($58,247).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

187k

2018 Value

± 8,271

4.5%

1 Year growth

± 6%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA grew at a rate of 4.5%, from 179k employees to 187k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,419 people), Retail Trade (23,078 people), and Construction (14,359 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, though some of these residents may live in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,419 people), Retail Trade (23,078 people), and Construction (14,359 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Shreveport-Bossier City, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (7.9 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.03 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($54,985), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,049), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,329).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $79.9B

  2. $78.1B

  3. $43.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $79.9B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($78.1B) and Basic chemicals ($43.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$395B

2020 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

20.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Louisiana trade was $395B. This is expected to increase 20.5% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $41.9B

  2. $38.6B

  3. $13.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $41.9B, followed by Mississippi with $38.6B and Florida and $13.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.7% of the population of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA has health coverage, with 38.7% on employee plans, 26.5% on Medicaid, 9.75% on Medicare, 14% on non-group plans, and 3.64% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,527 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.32%

Uninsured

38.7%

Employer Coverage

26.5%

Medicaid

9.75%

Medicare

14%

Non-Group

3.64%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA declined by 28.5% from 10.2% to 7.32%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is home to a population of 436k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.62% of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA residents were born outside of the country (11.6k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is composed of 232k White Alone residents (53.1%), 173k Black or African American Alone residents (39.7%), 15.8k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.62%), 6.32k Two or More Races residents (1.45%), 5.98k Asian Alone residents (1.37%), 1.86k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.427%), 1.32k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.303%), and 89 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0204%).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was 37.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Shreveport-Bossier City, LA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.62%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11.6k people

2.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

11.9k people

As of 2017, 2.62% of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA residents (11.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was 2.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    30,501 ± 4,274 people

  2. Honduras

    28,358 ± 4,122 people

  3. Vietnam

    18,763 ± 3,356 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 30,501 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 28,358 and Vietnam with 18,763.

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Citizenship

98.8%

2018 Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.8% of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    232k ± 1.4k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    173k ± 1.64k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    15.8k ± 2.63k

In 2018, there were 1.33 times more White Alone residents (232k people) in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 173k Black or African American Alone and 15.8k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,401 ± 1,330

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,591 ± 1,695

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,895 ± 1,505

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.24 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA awarded 5,440 degrees. The student population of Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is skewed towards women, with 7,596 male students and 12,595 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA are White (2,626 and 48.6%), followed by Black or African American (2,113 and 39.1%), Unknown (222 and 4.11%), and Hispanic or Latino (197 and 3.65%).

The largest universities in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA by number of degrees awarded are Northwest Louisiana Technical College (1,453 and 26.7%), Bossier Parish Community College (1,243 and 22.8%), and Louisiana State University-Shreveport (982 and 18.1%).

The most popular majors in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA are General Business Administration & Management (508 and 9.34%), General Studies (394 and 7.24%), and Welding Technology (271 and 4.98%).

The median tuition costs in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA are $25,994 for private four year colleges, and $7,324 and $12,760 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training with 92 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,453 degrees awarded

  2. 1,243 degrees awarded

  3. 982 degrees awarded

$7,324

Median In-State Public

$25,994

Median Private

In 2017, the Shreveport-Bossier City, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northwest Louisiana Technical College with 1,453 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,334

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,106

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,334 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, which is 0.751 times less than the 3,106 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,626 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    2,113 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    222 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA were to White students. These 2,626 degrees mean that there were 1.24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,113 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was $142,600 in 2018, which is 0.621 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $149,400 to $142,600, a 4.55% decrease. The homeownership rate in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is 61.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$142,600

2018 Median

± $5,228

$149,400

2017 Median

± $6,536

In 2018, the median property value in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA declined from to $142,600 from the previous year's value of $149,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Shreveport-Bossier City, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Household Income

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$41,969

Median Household Income

± $2,125

172k

Number of Households

± 7,117

In 2018, the median household income of the 172k households in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA grew to $41,969 from the previous year's value of $38,627.

The following chart displays the households in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Shreveport-Bossier City, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.5%

2018 Homeownership

60.5%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 61.5% of the housing units in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.93% of the workforce in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.9%

  2. Carpooled

    7.66%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.55%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was Drove Alone (85.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.66%) and those who Worked At Home (2.55%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Shreveport-Bossier City, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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