The landscape is made up of wetlands, waterways, and pine forests. The city overlooks the Red River. It is hot, humid, and rainy in the summer, but the winters are mild. Because Shreveport is the cultural center for Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, there are plenty of commercial attractions for visitors. The city boasts horse race tracks, riverboat gambling casinos, and the Louisiana Boardwalk, which features outlet shopping, restaurants, a movie theater, and a bowling alley. Additionally, Shreveport serves as the medical hub of the state. The Louisiana State University Health Science Center operates expanded facilities that include the major hospitals: Christus Schumpert, Willis-Knighton, and Shriners Hospital for Children. Families often relocate to the area, drawn by jobs in the natural gas industry or the nearby Barksdale Airforce Base. The top employers are medical facilities and Barksdale and Caddo public schools.

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Shreveport, Louisiana, is a crossroad of progress and history, with a combination of sleek skyscrapers and stoic mansions. It is the third-largest city in the state, and the population in 2013 was approximately 200,000. Homes here have southern charm achieved with wraparound porches, long driveways, and generous green lawns, and many buildings in the city are historic, preserving Louisiana's classic French Creole architecture. Shreveport has dozens of neighborhoods with homes for any budget; the median value of a home or condo is $120,000.

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