Bossier City is a city in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States. Bossier City is closely tied to its larger sister city Shreveport, located on the western bank of the Red River. The Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area is the center of the region known as the Ark-La-Tex. It is not the parish seat. The parish courthouse is located instead in Benton about 12 miles to the north of Bossier City.