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Opinion: Who’s growing & who’s not

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The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2014 population estimates for Louisiana parishes.  The estimates provide a snapshot of which parishes are growing since the official 2010 census.

The newly released population estimates indicate that Bossier and DeSoto parishes are growing, while Caddo, Claiborne and Webster parishes are losing population.  Here is a look at each of those parishes:

Bossier Parish

In 2010, the population of Bossier Parish was 116,979.  The July 1, 2014 estimate is 125,064, an increase of 8,085 residents. The 2014 estimates for cities have not yet been published, but in 2013 the estimated population of Bossier City was 66,333.  The official 2010 census had its population at 61,315.  That’s an increase of 5,018.  It is likely the 2014 estimate will show continued growth. The 2010 official population of Benton was 1,948.  The 2013 estimate was 2,063, an increase of 115.

lou BurnettCaddo Parish

In 2010, the population of Caddo Parish was 254,969.  The July 1, 2014 estimate is 252,603, a decrease of 2,366 residents. For the city of Shreveport, its official population in 2010 was 199,311.  The population estimate for the city as of July 1, 2013 was 200,327, an increase of 1,016.  It will be interesting to see the 2014 estimate. The 2010 official population of Blanchard was 2,890.  The 2013 estimate was 2,898, an increase of 8. In Greenwood, the 2010 population was 3,222.  In 2013, it was estimated at 3,219.

Claiborne Parish      

In 2010, the population of Claiborne Parish was 17,195.  The July 1, 2014 estimate is 16,412, a decrease of 783 residents. The 2010 official population of Homer was 3,237.  In 2013, the estimated population was 3,106, a decrease of 131 residents. In Haynesville, the 2010 official population was 2,327.  The estimated population in 2013 was 2,241, a decrease of 86 residents.

DeSoto Parish    

In 2010, the population of DeSoto Parish was 26,656.  The July 1, 2014 estimate is 27,142, an  increase if 486 residents. The 2010 official population of Mansfield was 5,001.  The estimated population in 2013 was 5,051, an increase of 50 residents.

Webster Parish

In 2010, the population of Webster Parish was 41,207.  The July 1, 2014 estimate is 40,333, a  decrease of 874 residents. For Minden, the official population in 2010 was 13,082.  The 2013 estimate was 12,154, a decrease of 928 residents. Springhill had a 2010 population of 5,269.  The 2013 estimate was 5,214, a decrease of 55 residents.

Metro Area population estimates

The Census Bureau has released it 2014 population estimates for Metropolitan Areas.  Let’s take a look:

Shreveport-Bossier City

What is classified as the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area consists of the parishes of Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, and Webster. The official population of the 2010 Census was 439,811.  The 2014 Census estimate puts the population at 445,142, an increase of 5,331.

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.