Barksdale Air Force Base is home to the 2nd Bomb Wing and the Air Force’s major command, Air Force Global Strike Command. AFGSC, activated in August 2009, provides combat-ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations in support of combatant commanders.
This northwest part of Louisiana likes to bill itself as “Louisiana’s Other Side,” meaning that the flavor of life in Shreveport-Bossier is “a little Cajun,” like much of the southern part of the state, and “a little Texas,” like the big state just to the west. So it’s a mix of diverse and exotic food tastes, wildly different music styles and a relaxed attitude.
In 2007, Money Magazine rated Shreveportas one of America’s best places to live, based in part on its efficient highway system. Add to thattrain lines, boats, public and private bus services,
and a regional airport, and you will find that traveling to, from or around the area is easy.
Often referred to as “Louisiana’s OtherSide,” Shreveport-Bossier, offers newcomers an ideal place to call home. Residents of northern Louisiana enjoy a low cost of living, low housing costs and low unemployment rates, all of which contribute to a high standard of living. The local cost of living is 90.7 percent of the national average, and property values have remained stable or continued to grow despite the national real estate crash, according to the North Louisiana Economic Partnership.
Shreveport is considered the economic center for business and tourism in the region known as the Ark-La-Tex, where the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. Shreveport-Bossier City enjoys a diversified economy that continues to expand. Part of this growth stems from its location on the Red River, as the Port of Shreveport-Bossier aids businesses in conducting trade efficiently. Shreveport’s nearness to the interstate is another positive for business owners.
There are many health care services in Shreveport-Bossier City for military, civilians
and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act may change established insurance options. Open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 1, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2016, for coverage starting in 2016. For more information, visitwww.healthcare.gov. Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana, www.lahealthcarenav.com, can help walk applicants through the maze of choices.
For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Shreveport-Bossier City, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the area as well.
Residents of the area say that it is the best of both worlds in Shreveport-Bossier City, offering big-city services while keeping that small-town feel. Whether you’re looking for an urban vibe or seeking a quieter atmosphere, recreational activities and opportunities in the Bossier City-Shreveport area are wide-ranging and offer something for everyone.