The Parish of Caddo covers 852 square miles and contains eleven municipalities, each of which adds its own local color to the spectrum of delights that Caddo Parish has to offer. The largest metropolitan area within the Parish is the City of Shreveport, which serves as the Parish seat. Situated on the banks of the Red River, the city serves as the cultural, transportation and business center of the Ark-La-Tex (Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas). According to the 2010 Census approximately 254,969 people reside in Caddo Parish. These results indicate a 1.1% growth increase over the last decade.
Today, the focus of the leaders of Caddo Parish is the establishment of a strong economy based on the attraction of expanding commercial and industrial entities. Our leaders also place strong emphasis on featuring Shreveport as a destination for both the tourism and film industries.
Caddo is served by eight colleges and universities and is a regional center for medical care with over 10 general hospitals, three specialized treatment centers, the Louisiana State University of School of Medicine in Shreveport and the Bio-Medical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana.
With a staff of more than 6,000, Caddo Parish Public Schools is today the largest employer in the parish. Each day, more than 42,000 youngsters, from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, are taught in our 66 schools. Diversity is evident in both student population and school communities. The district encompasses urban centers, suburban neighborhoods, rural towns and communities.