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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