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Louisiana State Profile

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Population

  • With 4,523,628 residents in 2005, Louisiana is the 24th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Louisiana grew 1.2 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate well below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Louisiana is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 62.7% 62.5% 62.2% 62.0% 61.8% 61.6%
Hispanic, Latino 2.4% 2.5% 2.6% 2.7% 2.8% 2.8%
African-American 32.4% 32.5% 32.6% 32.7% 32.8% 32.9%
Native American, AK Native 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.6% 0.6% 0.6%
Asian, Pacific Islander 1.3% 1.3% 1.3% 1.3% 1.4% 1.4%
Two or More Races 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% 0.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Louisiana - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Louisiana are New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Lafayette.
  • New Orleans had an estimated population of 1,319,367 in 2005 – the 40th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Baton Rouge (the capital of LA) in 2005 was 733,802 – the 67th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Shreveport was the 127th largest metropolitan area with 383,233 residents.
  • Lafayette had 247,824 residents – the 174th largest MSA in the U.S.

Louisiana - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Louisiana ranked 42nd among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($27,297 per resident 15 and older).
  • Louisiana’s personal income per capita has remained well below the U.S. average from 1960 to 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Louisiana as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Louisiana per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Louisiana has the 2nd highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (19.8%) and the 2nd highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (28.4%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Louisiana - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Louisiana ranked 44th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (84.2%).
  • Louisiana ranked 45th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (21.6%) and 46th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (7.3%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Louisiana has larger percentages of adults who have less than a high school education and have completed just a high school diploma and smaller percentages with college degrees – associate and higher (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Louisiana and the U.S. Average
Louisiana education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Louisiana - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Louisiana had the 2nd highest unemployment rate of all states – 7.1 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Louisiana has a larger percentages of its workforce employed in service, sales and office, and construction occupations, the same as the U.S. in farming and forestry occupations, and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Relative to the U.S. average employment by industry, Louisiana has larger percentages of its employment in public administration, arts and entertainment, education and healthcare, transportation, retail, and agricultural industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Louisiana ranked 45th among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Louisiana - Health and Well-Being

  • 17.2 percent of Louisiana residents do not have health insurance – the 9th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 26.9 percent of Louisiana residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – higher than the national average of 23.1 percent and the state (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Louisiana, 224 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – much higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Louisiana residents (354 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – higher than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Louisiana ranked 49th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Louisiana - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Louisiana had the 6th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (639 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 4,410 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Louisiana (the 7th highest rate among states) – well above the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Louisiana had the 2nd highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 820 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Louisiana has remained well above the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Louisiana and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Louisiana and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Louisiana Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Louisiana ranges from $18, 248 in West Feliciana Parish to $32,886 in St. Tammany Parish. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 7.9 percent in Assumption Parish to 34.0 percent in Lincoln Parish (a ratio of more than 4 to 1).

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Louisiana Counties

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