Bossier Hispanic population soars
by Michele Marcotte - Shreveport Times (excerpt)
When Carina Moreno first came to Bossier City, she knew each of the Hispanic and Latino children in her son's soccer league.
The teams — divided by age — had only a few Hispanic and Latino players, she said. But over the past five years, that number has grown. "Now there are 20 to 40 children on the different teams," said Moreno's husband, Jose, who moved to Bossier City 14 years ago from Puebla, Mexico.
Despite being less than half its size, Bossier Parish maintains a substantially larger Hispanic and Latino population than neighboring Caddo Parish, census records show. In 2010, there were 7,026 Hispanics and Latinos living in Bossier Parish compared to 6,129 living in Caddo Parish. The figures represent 6 percent and 2.4 percent of the respective parish populations.