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City Summary - Shreveport, Louisiana
Founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company, Shreveport is Louisiana’s third-largest city. With almost 400,000 residents, the city is the commercial and cultural hub of the Ark-La-Tex, the juncture of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. The state capital during the Civil War, Shreveport experienced revitalization in the mid-1990s thanks in large part to riverboat gambling. Furthermore, its “Streetscape” initiative revamped many downtown streets through the addition of statues, sculptures and mosaics. The National Civic League recognized Shreveport as an “All-American City” in 1953, 1979 and 1999.

Once an integral part of the U.S. oil business, Shreveport’s modern economy is rooted in the service industry. This is attributable to its rapidly growing gaming industry. The Louisiana State University Health Science Center Shreveport makes the city a major medical center in the state. In addition to city and state government, other top employers in Shreveport include Barksdale Air Force Base and Caddo Public Schools. Among its many colleges are Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Northwestern State University College of Nursing, Louisiana Baptist University and Centenary College.

Those who enjoy athletics will find no shortage of sports in Shreveport. The Shreveport Aftershock is one of 41 Independent Women’s Football League teams while the Shreveport-Bossier Captains represent the city in Minor League Baseball. Among its several theaters, museums and performing arts groups are the Meadows Museum of Art, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. Mardi Gras also plays an important role in Shreveport’s cultural happenings as do the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival and Mudbug Madness, an annual celebration of crawfish held each May. Moreover, popular performers like singer Taylor Swift frequently make Shreveport a destination on their tour schedules.

A self-described world of color and sound, Shreveport offers southern charm and a relaxed hospitality that are unique to this city along the Red River. This is the legacy that makes Shreveport a great place to live and to call home.
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