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Vivian, is a town in Caddo Parishmarker, Louisianamarker, United Statesmarker and is home to the Red Bud Festival. The population was 4,031 at the 2000 census. It was founded as a railroad stop in North Louisiana and named after the daughter of an locomotive engineer.

Vivian is part of the ShreveportmarkerBossier Citymarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


From 1938-1946 and again from 1962-1966, the Vivian mayor was Earl Williamson, a political mainstay in northern Caddo Parish who also served on the then police jury from 1933-1972 and again from 1979-1980. State law at the time permitted Williamson to occupy both posts. Williamson was succeeded as mayor in 1966 by Jimmy Wilson, a grocer and banker, who served until 1972, when he won his only term in the Louisiana House of Representatives.


Vivian is located at (32.870974, -93.986731) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.3 km²), all of it land.


With Shreveportmarker becoming a great location for film makers, Vivian has been gaining its own time on film due to its small town atmosphere.

  • Exterior shots of the supermarket in the film The Mist were shot in Vivian in 2007 with Tom's Market providing the basis.
  • Outdoor scenes for Straw Dogs were shot in the downtown region in 2009.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,031 people, 1,569 households, and 1,019 families residing in the town. The population density was 782.1 people per square mile (302.2/km²). There were 1,812 housing units at an average density of 351.5/sq mi (135.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 63.90% White, 34.19% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 1,569 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 81.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,800, and the median income for a family was $29,867. Males had a median income of $26,844 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,267. About 21.4% of families and 26.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.0% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.


The town's single government-sponsored cultural organization is the North Caddo Branch of the Shreve Memorial Library. The library is housed in the once-abandoned, now-restored 60+-year old Vivian Elementary School Building. This new library contains a wealth of primitive readings from early Louisiana history, 2 expansive floors of books and periodicals, and numerous computers. The library staff includes one widely-published author, who works as the library's Reference Specialist.

Notable people


The current mayor is Steven Taylor, MD.


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