BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – New census data shows Bossier was the only parish in Northwest Louisiana to significantly grow in population since the last census ten years ago.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the population in Bossier Parish has grown by or 10.1 percent since 2010, from 116,979 to 128,746. That’s an increase of 11,767 residents.

Tammie Lynn, a manager at Elite Vape Room says it is a good thing that Bossier is growing.

“I don’t think we’re overpopulated and I don’t think a few more will hurt anybody.”

The head of the Chamber of Commerce says it requires planning to keep up with progress.

“You prepare for infrastructure and so you start at the base and that’s water, sewage, roads, infrastructure so that folks can move around.”

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De Soto Parish grew in population by just 151 people or 0.6 percent. Every other parish in Northwest Louisiana lost residents. Caddo Parish lost the most, shrinking in population by 17,121 people (6.7 percent) since 2010.

Claiborne Parish lost the most by percentage, shrinking by more than 17 percent from 17,195 in 2010 to 14,170 in 2020 (-3,025 population).

Red River Parish, already the smallest by the total population in the region, lost 16 percent of its population is going from 9,091 in 2010 to 7,620 in 2020.