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Louisiana Facts

  • U.S. State Name: Louisiana
  • U.S. State Abbreviation: LA
  • U.S. Region: Southern United States
  • Admission to the Union: April 30th, 1812
  • Total Area: 52,069 sq. mi.
  • Total Population: 4,657,757 (2020 USCB)
  • Capital City: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Largest City: New Orleans, LA

62 Louisiana Facts

  1. Louisiana is one of the 50 states of the United States of America.
  2. Louisiana was the 18th state to join the United States on April 30, 1812.
  3. Louisiana is in the southern region of the United States.
  4. Louisiana is the 31st largest U.S. state, covering a total of 52,378.13 square miles or 1.38% of the total area of the United States.
  5. Louisiana's 52,378.13 square miles is 82.48% land and 17.52% surface water.
  6. Louisiana is ranked 31st with the most land area in the United States, with 43,203.90 square miles of land area.
  7. Louisiana is ranked 5th with the most water area in the United States, with 9,174.23 square miles of water area.
  8. Louisiana is the 25th most populated U.S. state with a population of 4,657,757 or 1.41% of the total population of the United States.
  9. The state capital of Louisiana is the city of Baton Rouge.
  10. Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes statewide.
  11. East Baton Rouge Parish is the most populated parish in Louisiana
  12. The most populated city in Louisiana is New Orleans with an estimated 399,187 residents.
  13. The five most populated city in Louisiana are New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette and Lake Charles.
  14. A native or resident Louisiana is called a Louisianan or Louisianian.
  15. Louisiana's average elevation statewide is 100 feet.
  16. Louisiana's highest elevation point is Driskill Mountain at 535 feet.
  17. Louisiana's lowest elevation point is the New Orleans at -8 feet.
  18. Louisiana is all in the Central Time Zone (CT).
  19. The two letter abbreviation for Louisiana is LA.
  20. The ISO 3166 code for Louisiana is US-LA.
  21. Louisiana is called the Pelican State, Creole State, Sugar State.
  22. The estimated median household income in Louisiana is $51,073.
  23. Louisiana is the 39th most expensive U.S. state to buy a home with an estimated median home price of $166,565.
  24. Louisiana is ranked 35th on the cost of living index out of all 50 U.S. states.
  25. Louisiana has the 38th oldest population in the United States with a median age of 37.8.
  26. Louisiana's average temperature is 66.74°F making it the 3rd warmest state in the United States.
  27. Louisiana on average has 59.15 inches of precipitation per year, making it the wettest U.S. state.
  28. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Louisiana was 114 °F on Monday, August 10, 1936, in Plain Dealing, LA.
  29. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Louisiana was -16 °F on Monday, February 13, 1899, in Minden, LA.
  30. The oldest neighborhood in New Orleans is the French Quarter. It was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1718.
  31. The National World War 2 Museum is in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  32. The Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana is home to the largest swamp and wetland in the United States.
  33. There are an estimated two million alligators in the wild in Louisiana.
  34. The Louisiana state capital building is the tallest capital building in the United States at 450 feet.
  35. There are two professional sports teams in Louisiana, the New Orleans Saints (NFL) and New Orleans Pelicans (NBA).
  36. Louisiana is one of two U.S. states that doesn’t have counties, instead they have parishes.
  37. Louisiana is the leading producer of crayfish and shrimp in the United States.
  38. If you look at Louisiana on a map of the United States, you’ll notice the state is shaped like a boot.
  39. The first opera show in the United States was on May 22, 1796, at the Theater de la Rue St. Pierre in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  40. Louisiana was named after the French King Louis XIV.
  41. There are only five area codes for Louisiana: 225, 318, 337, 504 and 985.
  42. In 1803, more than half of modern-day Louisiana is purchase by the United States through the Louisiana Purchase.
  43. In 1812, Louisiana officially becomes the 18th state of the United States of America.
  44. In 1815, the Battle of New Orleans is fought and won by the United States during the War of 1812.
  45. In 1849, the state capital city of Louisiana is moved to Baton Rouge.
  46. In 1861, Louisiana secedes from the United States and joins the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  47. In 1868, three years after the end of the American Civil War Louisiana rejoins the United States.
  48. In 1901, oil is discovered for the first time in the state in Jennings, Louisiana.
  49. In 1935, Louisiana Governor Huey Long is assassinated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  50. In 1977, Ernest Nathan Morial is elected as the first African-American mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  51. In 2005, the category five hurricane devastates Louisiana, resulting in up to 1,170 deaths.
  52. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages beaches all along the coast of Louisiana.
  53. Inventor George Ballas was born in Ruston, Louisiana on June 28th, 1925. He is known for inventing the first string trimmer, also known as a weed whacker.
  54. Professional basketball player Karl Malone was born in Summerfield, Louisiana on July 24th, 1963. He is known for being the best power forwards in the history of the NBA.
  55. Lawyer and judge Amy Coney Barrett was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 28th, 1972. She is known for being the 5th woman to join the U.S. Supreme Court.
  56. Actress and producer Reese Witherspoon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 22nd, 1976. She is known for her success in multiple different movies and being one of the world’s richest actresses.
  57. Professional football player Ed Reed was born in St. Rose, Louisiana on September 11th, 1978. He is known for being one of the best safeties in the history of the NFL.
  58. Professional mixed martial arts fighter Daniel Cormier was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 20th, 1979. He is known for being one of the few UFC fighters to hold two weight class titles at the same time.
  59. Louisiana's official state motto is "Union, justice, and confidence" .
  60. Louisiana's official state bird is the Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis).
  61. Louisiana's official state tree is the Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum).
  62. Louisiana's official state flower is the Magnolia (Magnolia).

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Louisiana on a Map of the United States of America

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The Official State Flag of Louisiana

The official state flag of Louisiana waving in the wind on a flag pole.

The Official State Seal of Louisiana

The official state seal of Louisiana that is used by the state's government.

Baton Rouge the state capital of Louisiana

Baton Rouge the capital city of Louisiana.

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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French Quater In New Orleans

French Quater In New Orleans

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