This northwest part of Louisiana likes to bill itself as “Louisiana’s Other Side,” meaning that the flavor of life in Shreveport-Bossier City is “a little Cajun,” like much of the southern part of the state, and “a little Texas,” like the big state just to the west. So, it’s a mix of diverse and exotic food tastes, wildly different music styles and a relaxed attitude.
Caddo and Bossier parishes fill the corner of northwest Louisiana, with Arkansas to the north and Texas to the west. Bossier (pronounced BOH-zher) City, the main urban center in Bossier Parish, snugs up against Shreveport in Caddo Parish, with only the Red River between them. Together, Shreveport and Bossier City make up a metropolitan area of some 447,000 and serve as a three-state cultural and commercial center for the Ark-La-Tex: southwestern Arkansas, northwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas.
Living in the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area means enjoying a low cost of living, low taxes, mild climate, top-rated health care, good jobs, positive business and educational opportunities, and numerous entertainment options. A comfortable, exciting lifestyle is possible here.
Riverboat casinos, jazz, sports — major, minor and collegiate — Mardi Gras, horse racing, the Louisiana Boardwalk, superb eating, fine opera and symphony programs, rodeo and water sports: This is the kind of place where you can afford to do it all.