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Friday, April 19, 2019 … 8:46 A.M.

When the Census Bureau annually reports population gain – or loss – for all counties / parishes in the nation, the four-parish Northwest Louisiana story has been the same for many years …

… Caddo and Webster report losses, DeSoto hangs in, and Bossier gains, a lot.

In the just-released single-year data, the script has changed: even Bossier Parish has hit the wall of population stagnation / loss.

Specifically, during the period July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018, Bossier Parish gained only 0.1% … a population increase of only +127 people, from 127,058 to 127,185.

DeSoto Parish barely grew with +171 more residents, up 0.6%, from 27,265 to 27,436.

Webster Parish lost -476, -1.2%, down to 46,582 from 46,609.

Caddo Parish lost yet another -3,112 residents, -1.3%, down to 242,922 from 246,034.

Here are the Census Bureau’s cumulative population change numbers from the April 2010 decennial Census report through July 1, 2018 …

… Caddo Parish: 254,921 down to 242,922, or -4.7%;

… Bossier Parish: 117,027 up to 127,185, or +8.7%;

… Webster Parish: 41,207 down to 38,798, or -5.8%; and,

… DeSoto Parish: 26,656 up to 27,436, or +2.9%.

Ironically, just as these new data first report the stutter in Bossier Parish population growth, its Bossier Parish School Board is working to raise its parishwide property tax a whopping 40% in a May 4th election, from 65.36-mills to 91.52-mills.

As Caddo Parish has well-proven, its highest-in-Louisiana property tax level has for many years been a major contributor to population loss, most notably into Bossier Parish.

Here is the Census Bureau report of July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 population gain / loss for Louisiana parishes … set “Louisiana” in the “Geography” tool at the top of the chart:


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Elliott Stonecipher

Elliott is a freelance contributor to RealShreveport.com and any other locally interested publications. Importantly, Elliott has several first-hand experiences in almost every aspect of the best and worst in local politics of Louisiana, particularly Northwest Louisiana. For several years and at great personal risk, Elliott has worked as a watchdog in local politics by writing and exposing numerous subjects that every other media outlet has refused to touch.

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