Bossier Parish sees growth
Over the past decade, Bossier Parish has seen an increase in population and development in the area. "It's the fifth fastest-growing parish in the state and the number one fastest-growing parish North of I-10," Parish Administrator of Bossier Parish William Altimus explained.
And with this exponential growth over the past decade, parish officials expect to see major population numbers increase in Census results. In 2000, the parish had about 99,980 residents living in the parish. The parish has grown roughly 1300 to 1500 people each year since 2000. Parish officials expect the 2010 Census results to show about 115,000 people living in the parish.
According to Altimus, people are moving into the parish for various reasons including the success of schools in the area. Bossier law enforcement also prides itself on the safety of its parish. Altimus believes that "the right decisions have been made to put us in a position to really benefit from all this growth."
Bossier Parish has seen many benefits from the growth, but many changes continue to be made in order to adapt well.
Altimus explained that parish officials see "challenges of course when you have that many people showing up; mainly along the lines of infrastructure, roads, water, sewage." The parish has developed plans to address these issues over the past few years and in to the future.
With plans to take care of those problems, parish officials look forward to see what the future holds for the area. Altimus doesn't see the growth slowing down in the near future. "We're setting ourselves up very well for what the future holds for us."