Data from the Community Foundation shows that for the first time in more than a decade, the Shreveport-Bossier area outranks relative communities across three different factors.
The data comes from the Community Foundation’s Community Counts, annual report card on Shreveport-Bossier’s quality of life indicators.
Community Foundation of North Louisiana has been publishing Community Counts since 2007. The report examines Shreveport-Bossier MSA (metropolitan statistical area) data in six primary categories: Population, Economic Well-Being, Human Capital, Health, Physical Environment, and Social Environment. It then compares the Shreveport-Bossier data to that of 10 peer communities similar in size and geographic location.
For the first time since 2007, Community Counts reveals that the Shreveport-Bossier MSA ranks 1st among the 10 comparative peer communities relative to three different indicators.
Sneak peek at the data:
- The percent of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in school is 59.1%, almost a ten percent increase in a single year.
- The cohort graduation rate has improved from 65.7% to 74.8% in the last 10 years.
- However, Shreveport-Bossier has the highest percentage of live births with low birth weight among our peer communities at 13.3%. The overall rate in Louisiana is 10.9%.
The Community Counts will be released at an event Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. at Margaret Place Properties, 910 Margaret Place, Shreveport.
Dr. Dave Norris, Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Louisiana Tech University, will present the vital data that propels our work.