The Dense Pine Woodlands and lazy rivers and bayous of the Shreveport-Bossier City region offer newcomers an ideal place to call home. Residents of northwest Louisiana enjoy a low cost of living, low housing costs and low unemployment rates, all of which contribute to a high standard of living. The local cost of living is only 90.7 percent of the national average, and property values have remained stable or continued to grow despite the national real estate crash, according to the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. The Shreveport-Bossier City area is also the most affordable location in the state of Louisiana.
Shreveport-Bossier City’s communities give newcomers plenty of choices when selecting a home. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The Northwest Louisiana Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and services for those interested in purchasing a new home. Visit www.nwlar.org for more information.
620 Benton Road
Bossier City, LA 71111
Bossier City’s vibrant history dates to the 1830s. The city was originally a cotton-exporting river landing for James and Mary Cane’s Elysian Grove Plantation with a plantation port known as “Cane’s Landing.” The city transitioned into a railroad town, an air base and an oil-boom center as the years passed. Today, the home of Barksdale Air Force Base is known for its vibrant tourism industry, with recreational gaming establishments on the city’s developing riverfront.
Bossier City’s land area is 42.34 square miles, and with a population of more than 68,000, it averages about 1,500 people per square mile. Mean travel time to work is about 18 minutes. Median rent is $887, and the selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,140.
Bossier City’s parks and recreation department maintains several neighborhood and community parks, playfields, playgrounds and sports facilities. Facilities include an athletic complex, a tennis center, swimming pools and a senior citizens center. The parks and recreation department also offers youth and adult sports programs, recreation center activities and numerous special events.
505 Travis St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Shreveport was founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Co. at the juncture of the Texas Trail and the newly navigable Red River of the South. Home to historic districts and landmarks, the city is also known for fine arts and entertainment, outdoor recreation and world-class gaming ventures.
Shreveport’s land area is 105.38 square miles, and with a population of nearly 200,000, it averages about 1,890 people per square mile. Mean travel time to work is 19 minutes. Median rent is $764, and the selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,142.
Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation maintains more than 29,000 acres with parks, recreation centers, swimming pools, playgrounds, flower and rose beds, and cemeteries. Major facilities and parks include Independence Stadium, C. Bickham Dickson Park, and RiverView Hall and Theater. SPAR also offers youth and senior programs and classes for a variety of interests, including gardening, fitness, martial arts and computer skills.