Sunday, June 23, 2024

Community Foundation data shows Shreveport-Bossier is seeing improvements

by BIZ Magazine

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.

Find out more info about the event here.

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