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General Information

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Population Statistics

State Population
4,657,757
Metropolitan Populations
New Orleans-Metairie 1,271,845 Baton Rouge 870,569
Lafayette 478,384 Shreveport-Bossier City 393,406
Lake Charles 222,402 Houma-Thibodaux 207,137
Monroe 207,104 Alexandria 152,192
Top Parish Populations
East Baton Rouge 456,781 Jefferson 440,781
Orleans 383,997 St. Tammany 264,570
Lafayette 241,753 Caddo 237,848
Calcasieu 216,785 Ouachita 160,368
Top City Populations
New Orleans 389,476 Baton Rouge 219,052
Shreveport 184,786 Lafayette 126,535
Lake Charles 78,433 Bossier City 68,216
Kenner 66,288 Monroe 46,998
Sources: 2020 U.S. Census Data (metro populations and counties), 2020 U.S. Census Estimate (cities)

About Louisiana

  • Capital: Baton Rouge
  • Nickname: Pelican State
  • State Flower: Magnolia
  • State Bird: Brown Pelican
  • State Tree: Bald Cypress
  • Land Area: 46,923.27 square miles, 31st largest
  • Total Interstate Mileage: 933.84 miles
  • Highest Point: Driskill Mountain (535 feet above sea level)
  • Lowest Point: Sea Level
  • Number of Parishes: 64
  • Statehood: 18th state; admitted April 30, 1812

Major League Sports Franchises

  • New Orleans Saints (NFL)
  • New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
  • New Orleans Jazz (NBA) – moved to Salt Lake City in 1979.

Updated December 29, 2021.