Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Bossier Parish Courthouse IMG 2378.JPG
Renovated Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton
Map of Louisiana highlighting Bossier Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for US Representative Pierre Bossier
Seat Benton
Largest city Bossier City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

867 sq mi (2,245 km²)
839 sq mi (2,174 km²)
28 sq mi (72 km²), 3.19%
 - (2010)
 - Density

117/sq mi (45/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Bossier Parish (French: Paroisse de Bossier) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Benton. As of 2010, the population was 116,979. The principal city is Bossier City, which is located east of the Red River from Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish.

Bossier Parish is part of the Shreveport–Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Shreveport–Bossier City–Minden Combined Statistical Area.

Lake Bistineau and Lake Bistineau State Park are included in parts of Bossier and neighboring Webster and Bienville parishes. Loggy Bayou flows south from Lake Bistineau in southern Bossier Parish, traverses western Bienville Parish, and in Red River Parish joins the Red River.

History[edit | edit source]

Arnold-Tidwell House near the Cypress Lake recreational area is one of three antebellum homes still standing in Bossier Parish.[1]

Willis Knighton Hospital in Bossier City serves much of northern Bossier Parish.

Swimmers at Cypress Lake on a cloudy summer day

Bossier Parish is named for Pierre Bossier, a 19th-century Louisiana state senator and U.S. representative from Natchitoches Parish.

Bossier Parish was spared fighting on its soil during the American Civil War. In July 1861, at the start of the war, the Bossier Parish Police Jury appropriated $35,000 for the benefit of Confederate volunteers and their family members left behind, an amount then considered generous.[2]

Connell Fort, later the mayor of Minden, Louisiana, was born in 1867 in the Bossier Parish community of Bellevue.[3]

Law and government[edit | edit source]

Bossier Parish is governed by a 12-member elected body, the Bossier Parish Police Jury (equivalent to county commission in other states). Eddy Shell, a prominent Bossier City educator, served on the police jury from 1992 until his death in 2008. Here is the current makeup of the police jury:

  • District 1 - Hank Meachum
  • District 2 - Glenn Benton
  • District 3 - Wanda Bennett
  • District 4 - Winfred R. Johnston
  • District 5 - Barry Butler
  • District 6 - Rick Avery
  • District 7 - Jimmy Cochran
  • District 8 - J. Brad Cummings
  • District 9 - William R. Altimus
  • District 10 - Jerome Darby
  • District 11 - Wayne Hammack
  • District 12 - Paul M. "Mac" Plummer[4]

Geography[edit | edit source]

The parish has a total area of 867 square miles (2,245.5 km2), of which 839 square miles (2,173.0 km2) is land and 28 square miles (72.5 km2) (3.19%) is water. Four miles east of Bossier City is Barksdale Air Force Base.

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent parishes[edit | edit source]

National protected area[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Map of Bossier Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Bossier Parish
Census Pop.
1850 6,962
1860 11,348 63.0%
1870 12,675 11.7%
1880 16,042 26.6%
1890 20,330 26.7%
1900 24,153 18.8%
1910 21,738 −10.0%
1920 22,266 2.4%
1930 28,388 27.5%
1940 33,162 16.8%
1950 40,139 21.0%
1960 57,622 43.6%
1970 64,519 12.0%
1980 80,721 25.1%
1990 86,088 6.6%
2000 98,310 14.2%
2010 116,979 19.0%
Bossier Parish Census Data[5]

Large Christian cross erected in 2010 by Central Assembly of God Church (pastor Andy Harris) near Haughton in Bossier Parish

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 98,310 people, 36,628 households, and 26,628 families residing in the parish. The population density was 117 people per square mile (45/km²). There were 40,286 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 74.66% White, 20.82% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 3.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 36,628 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the parish the population was spread out with 28.00% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $39,203, and the median income for a family was $45,542. Males had a median income of $32,305 versus $23,287 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $18,119. About 10.60% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.00% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.

Presidential election results[edit | edit source]

In 2008 Republican John McCain easily beat Democrat Barack Obama in Bossier Parish. McCain won 71.4% of the vote and 32,706 votes. Obama won 27.7% of the vote and 12,701 votes.[7] Since 1952, Independent George Wallace (1968) has been the only non-Republican to win the parish.[8][9]

National Guard[edit | edit source]

The 165th CSS (Combat Service Support) Battalion is headquartered in Bossier City. This unit was deployed to Iraq in 2008. Also located in Bossier City is the 156TH Army Band which deployed as part of the 256th Infantry Brigade in 2010 to Iraq.

Communities[edit | edit source]

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Census-designated places[edit | edit source]

Education[edit | edit source]

Bossier Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Arnold-Tidwell House, Historical marker, Bossier Parish, Louisiana
  2. ^ John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 38
  3. ^ "Connell Fort Dies Saturday Night at His Residence Here: Was Great Civic Worker and Builder of This City," Webster Signal-Tribune, March 5, 1937, pp. 1, 6
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  5. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". Retrieved 2008-02-02. ; Report on the Population of the United States at the Eleventh Census, 1890. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1895.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ New York Times Election Map
  8. ^ David Leip's Presidential election Atlas (Louisiana electoral maps
  9. ^ Geographie Electorale

External links[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 32°41′N 93°36′W / 32.68, -93.60

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