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Louisiana Parishes

Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes. On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the old counties (which continued to exist until 1845). In 1811, a constitutional convention organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term has been parishes.

Caddo Parish, Louisiana

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Caddo Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 254,969, making it the fourth-most populous parish in Louisiana. Caddo Parish was created on January 18, 1838. The parish seat is Shreveport. Caddo Paris is named in honor of the Caddo Native American people.

Caddo Parish is included in the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Caddo Parish Name

The parish was named in honor of the Caddo Native American people.


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Caddo County History

Caddo Parish was created on January 18, 1838, from Natchitoches Parish and the parish was named in honor of the Caddo Native American people. The Parish seat is Shreveport.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 937 square miles (2,430 km2), of which 978 square miles (2,530 km2) is land and 58 square miles (150 km2) (6.2%) is water.

Caddo Parish is located in northwest Louisiana. The Parish of Caddo covers 852 square miles with its borders being, Arkansas to the north, the Red River to the east, Texas to the west and DeSoto Parish to the south. Part of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge is located in this parish.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: Miller County, Ark.
  • Northeast: Lafayette County, Ark.; Bossier Parish
  • Southeast: Red River Parish
  • South: DeSoto Parish
  • Southwest: Panola County, Tex.
  • West: Harrison County, Tex.
  • Northwest: Marion County, Tex.; Cass County, Tex.


The Caddo Parish School Board operates public schools.

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