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Bossier City (/ˈboʊʒər/; French: Ville de Bossier) is a city in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States.
As of the 2010 census, Bossier City had a total population of 61,315. The 2011 estimate is 62,745. Bossier City is closely tied to its larger sister city Shreveport, located on the western bank of the Red River. The Shreveport – Bossier City metropolitan area is the center of the region known as the Ark-La-Tex.
It is not the parish seat. The parish courthouse is located instead in Benton about 12 miles (19 km) to the north of Bossier City.
Bossier City is located at 32°31′4″N 93°41′29″W (32.517651, -93.691397) and has an elevation of 174 feet (53.0 m).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.6 square miles (108 km2), of which, 40.8 square miles (106 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it (1.90%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 68,315 people, 25,200 households, and 14,901 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,382.6 people per square mile (533.8/km²). There were 23,026 housing units at an average density of 563.9 per square mile (217.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.44% White, 22.74% African American, 0.57% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.95% of the population.
There were 23,197 households, out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. Nearly 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city of Bossier City, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,561, and the median income for a family was $42,642. Males had a median income of $30,632 versus $22,174 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,032. About 11.4% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.
Bossier City and Shreveport now share an all women’s flat track roller derby team named the Twin City Knockers. The team is the newest competing sport in the area being founded in January 2010. Games known as bouts are hosted at Hot Wheels skating rink located in south Bossier.
The CenturyLink Center (formerly CenturyTel Center) in Bossier City was the home of the Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings af2 arena football team, as well as the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League. The arena has hosted top performers, including Britney Spears and Aerosmith, as well as rodeos, ice shows, and children’s entertainment.
The 2005 Red River Classic PRCA Rodeo to be hosted at the CenturyTel Center was cancelled due to the arena being used as a shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. average attendance statistics?
The city hosts three riverboat casino gambling resorts along the east bank of the Red River: Horseshoe, Boomtown, and Diamond Jack’s. Horse racing and gambling on slot machines is also available at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, which opened in 1974.