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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The capital city of Louisiana is Baton Rouge (in the above picture). This state is the 33rd largest (43,204 square miles) and the 25th most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. Black or African American is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in Louisiana is management and professional (30.80%), followed by sales and office (25.30%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Louisiana has some nicknames including the Fisherman’s Paradise, Holland of America, Pelican State and Sugar State
  2. Louisiana has one of the highest rate of murder and non-negligent manslaughter (11 while national median 5)
  3. Louisiana has one of the highest number of homicide by firearm
  4. Louisiana has one of the lowest life expectancy at birth (76 whereas USA median 79)
  5. Louisiana has one of the highest rate of larceny-theft (2,454 vs. USA average 1,959)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Based on 2013 estimate, Louisiana population was 4,625,470 which ranks the 25th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Louisiana is New Orleans. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 2.00%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Louisiana population represents only 1.46% of the USA’s whole population as depicted in the following chart.

Louisiana total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Louisiana (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 63.50%
  • Black or African American 32.40%
  • Asian ethnicity 1.70%
  • Others (two or more races) 1.50%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.80%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Louisiana population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Louisiana population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.70% of Louisiana population are under 5 years old, 24.10% are under 18 years and 13.30% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 8.70% of Louisiana population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.10% which is slightly more than male population. Louisiana female population number ranks the 16th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Louisiana and the USA.

Female and male population in Louisiana vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 82.20%, lower than national average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 21.40%, this is lower than US median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 67.40%, higher than national average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 18.70%, higher than national average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Louisiana Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 1.22% of total land area
  • Louisiana has more population density than the USA average (104.9 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Louisiana is lower by 3.15 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Louisiana land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Louisiana USA
Land area (square miles) 43,203.90 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 104.9 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 75.7 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Louisiana unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 6.20% (higher than national average). Louisiana did not have minimum wage information available at the time this page was developed. The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Louisiana based on Census 2010
Occupation Louisiana USA
Management or professional-related job 30.80% 34.90%
Service-related job 18.30% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.30% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.60% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 12.50% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 12.40% 12.50%
Comparison of Louisiana Occupation Types to USA Average

In terms of travel time to work, workers in Louisiana usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Louisiana was 24.9 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 15.90%, higher than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.70%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 2.80%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 2.90%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 27.40%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. This information highlights which specific business area Louisiana is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Louisiana USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 205,054,723 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 51,415,553 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 56,543,203 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 9,729,869 613,795,732
Louisiana Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $12,921.00, which is lower than US average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Louisiana was 13,018.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Louisiana has one of the lowest number of high school graduate (82.20% whilst national median 85.70%)
  2. Louisiana has one of the highest number of black or African American population (32.40% while national median 13.20%)
  3. Louisiana has one of the highest number homicide, per 100K (11 while country average 5)
  4. Louisiana has one of the lowest number of population with two or more races (1.50% while country average 2.40%)

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