Welcome to Shreveport, Louisiana in the American Deep South. Although it is located around 200 miles inland from the coast, Shreveport is known as "The Port City" due to its prominence on the Red River. The river has been the source of much of Shreveport’s growth over the years, and is still used by traditional riverboats today. Beyond the Red River, the city is a cultural hub. Expats living in Shreveport are spoilt for choice by the city’s amenities and attractions, including the amazing Sci-Port, Louisiana's Science Center famous for its IMAX Dome Theater and Space Dome Planetarium as well as the R. W. Norton Art Gallery, which houses collections of American and European art spanning more than four centuries. Outside of the city, the sprawling Cross Lake and neighboring Lakeview Park are the perfect places for expats in Shreveport to while away a hot Louisiana day.
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Shreveport has been an industrial hub since the 19th century, and it is still well served by a number of main roads. The city is the perfect jumping-off point for expatriates who want to explore the Deep South. Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Houston and Dallas are just a few hours away by car, while the Red River runs all the way to Oklahoma in the north, and the Gulf of Mexico in the south. Any expatriate moving to Shreveport is bound to get a big southern-style welcome, although non-native English speakers may struggle at first with the distinctive Louisiana accent. If you have any questions on Deep South slang, culture, or traditions, just ask one of our seasoned expats in the InterNations forums, and share any tips of your own.
Shreveport is a modern American city with traditional Southern values. Big businesses have been coming to Shreveport for years to trade in the oil and cotton industries. Today, the gambling industry drives Shreveport’s local economy, with a number of riverboat casinos springing up on the Red River. The city has the highest property taxes in Louisiana, so many expats working in Shreveport choose to live in the suburbs or beyond and commute into work. If you are planning on becoming a commuter, take some time getting used to the roads and traffic in and around the city before you start to drive. For tips on how to adapt quickly to life in an new city, check in with other expats living in Shreveport or other parts of Louisiana on the InterNations discussion boards and forums or have a browse through our Expat Magazine.