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Bossier Parish, Louisiana
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.
Seat Benton
Largest city Bossier City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

867 sq mi (2,245 km²)
839 sq mi (2,174 km²)
28 sq mi (72 km²), 3.19%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

98,310
117/sq mi (45/km²)
Founded 1843
Named for US Representative Pierre Bossier
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Renovated Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton
Bossier Parish Library in Benton
Bossier Parish School Board office in Benton
Bossier Parish's Sheriff's Department in Benton
Hillcrest Cemetery in Haughton is one of the larger Bossier Parish cemeteries.

Bossier Parish (French: Paroisse de Bossier) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Benton. As of 2000, the population was 98,310. 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.

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History

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

Law and government

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[1]

Geography

The parish has a total area of 867 square miles (2,245 km²), of which, 839 square miles (2,174 km²) of it is land and 28 square miles (72 km²) of it (3.19%) is water. Four miles east of Bossier City is Barksdale Air Force Base.

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Major highways

Adjacent parishes

National protected area

Demographics

Map of Bossier Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels
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%
Est. 2006 107,270 [2] 9.1%
Bossier Parish Census Data[3]

As of the census[4] 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

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.[5] Since 1952, Independent George Wallace (1968) has been the only non-Republican to win the parish.[6][7]

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Cities and towns

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Education

Bossier Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.

See also

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External links

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


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Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Map
File:Map of Louisiana highlighting Bossier Parish.png
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1843
Seat Benton
Largest City Bossier City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 3.19%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

98310
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: US Representative Pierre Bossier

Bossier Parish (French: Paroisse de Bossier) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Benton. As of 2000, the population was 98,310. The principal city is Bossier City, which is located east of the Red River from Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish.

The parish is part of the Shreveport-Bossier City.

Bossier is one of the more Republican parishes in the state. When Democrats win in Bossier Parish, they tend to win nearly everywhere else in the state as well.

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

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Geography

The parish has a total area of 2,245 km² (867 sq mi). 2,174 km² (839 sq mi) of it is land and 72 km² (28 sq mi) of it (3.19%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

Map of Bossier Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

As of the census² of 2000, there were 98,310 people, 36,628 households, and 26,628 families residing in the parish. The population density was 45/km² (117/sq mi). There were 40,286 housing units at an average density of 19/km² (48/sq mi). 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.

Cities and towns

External Links

Bossier Parish


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


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