Facts About Louisiana

Facts About Louisiana

Louisiana became the 18th state of the United States when it entered the Union in April 30, 1812. Its capital city is Baton Rouge and its largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana has borders with Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana covers a total area of 51,843 square miles which makes it the 31st biggest state. The US Census Bureau estimated in 2008 that Louisiana had a population of 4,410,796.

  • State Number of Parishes (Counties): 64

  • List of Parishes of Lousiana:
    * Acadia Parish * Allen Parish * Ascension Parish * Assumption Parish * Avoyelles Parish * Beauregard Parish * Bienville Parish * Bossier Parish * Caddo Parish * Calcasieu Parish * Caldwell Parish * Cameron Parish * Catahoula Parish * Claiborne Parish * Concordia Parish * De Soto Parish * East Baton Rouge Parish * East Carroll Parish * East Feliciana Parish * Evangeline Parish * Franklin Parish * Grant Parish * Iberia Parish * Iberville Parish * Jackson Parish * Jefferson Parish * Jefferson Davis Parish * Lafayette Parish * Lafourche Parish * La Salle Parish * Lincoln Parish * Livingston Parish * Madison Parish * Morehouse Parish * Natchitoches Parish * Orleans Parish * Ouachita Parish * Plaquemines Parish * Pointe Coupee Parish * Rapides Parish * Red River Parish * Richland Parish * Sabine Parish * St. Bernard Parish * St. Charles Parish * St. Helena Parish * St. James Parish * St. John the Baptist Parish * St. Landry Parish * St. Martin Parish * St. Mary Parish * St. Tammany Parish * Tangipahoa Parish * Tensas Parish * Terrebonne Parish * Union Parish * Vermilion Parish * Vernon Parish * Washington Parish * Webster Parish * West Baton Rouge Parish * West Carroll Parish * West Feliciana Parish * Winn Parish *

  • Louisiana Parish Map

  • State Flag:

  • State Motto: "Union, Justice, and Confidence"

  • State Abbreviation: LA

  • State Name of Residents: Louisianans or Louisianians

  • State Colors: Blue, White and Gold

  • State Songs: "Give Me Louisiana" and "You Are My Sunshine

  • State Nick Name: Sportsman's Paradise; previous nick name was Pelican State

  • State Tree: Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

  • State Flower: Magnolia blossom (Magnolia grandiflora)

  • State Wild Flower: Louisiana Iris (Giganticaerulea)

  • State Mammal: Louisiana black bear

  • State Dog: Catahoula Leopard Dog

  • State Reptile: Alligator

  • State Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican

  • State Insect: Honeybee

  • State Fresh Water Fish: White perch (Pomoxis annularis); also called sac-au-lait and white crappie

  • State Crustacean: Crawfish

  • State Amphibian: Green tree frog (Hyla cinerea)

  • State Fossil: Petrified palmwood

  • State Gem Stone: Agate

  • State Soil: Ruston, unofficial

  • State Beverage: Milk

  • State Musical Instrument: Diatonic accordion; commonly known as "Cajun" accordion

  • State Major Rivers: Mississippi River, Red River, Ouachita River, Atchafalaya River, Sabine River

  • State Major Lakes: Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Grand Lake, White Lake, Calcasieu Lake, Catahoula Lake

  • State Highest Point: Driskill Mountain - 535 feet (163 m) above sea level

  • State Lowest point: New Orleans - 8 feet (2.5 m) below sea level

  • State Name Origin: Louisiana was named in of honor King Louis XIV (14) of France

  • State Largest Cities:
    * New Orleans * Baton Rouge * Shreveport * Metairie * Metairie Terrace * Lafayette * Lake Charles * Kenner * Bossier City * Monroe *

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