Louisiana Facts


Louisiana Location In The US Louisiana State Map

Louisiana is known for:

  • Mardi Gras
  • Jazz music
  • Creole and Cajun cuisine
  • Salt mines
  • Petroleum industry

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation LA
State Capital Baton Rouge
State Size Total (Land + Water): 51,840 sq miles; Land Only: 43,562 sq miles
Number of Counties 64
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas
Highest PointDriskill Mountain, 535 feet
Tallest Building Hancock Whitney Center in New Orleans, 697 feet
Largest StadiumTiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, capacity 102,321
National ParksNone
State Population (2020)4,657,757
State Population Density106.9 people / square mile
Area Codes 225, 318, 337, 504, 985
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) New Orleans (389,476)
Baton Rouge (219,052)
Shreveport (184,786)
Lafayette (126,535)
Lake Charles (78,433)

Government & Legislature

Statehood April 30, 1812
Electoral Votes8
State Flag Louisiana State Flag
GovernorOfficial Louisiana Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Louisiana
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Louisiana
State SenatorsList of Louisiana State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Louisiana State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionLouisiana State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateJune 26, 2015
Road ConditionsLouisiana Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date May 20, 2002

State Symbols

State Bird Eastern brown pelican
State CrustaceanCrawfish
State DogCatahoula leopard dog
State DrinkMilk
State Flower Magnolia
State Fresh Water FishWhite perch
State InsectHoneybee
State MammalBlack bear
State Motto Union, justice, confidence
State Nickname Pelican State
State ReptileAlligator
State Tree Bald cypress

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams NFL: New Orleans Saints
NBA: New Orleans Pelicans
USFL: New Orleans Breakers
NCAA Division I Schools Grambling State University (Southwestern Athletic)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Sun Belt)
University of Louisiana at Monroe (Sun Belt)
Louisiana State University (Southeastern)
Louisiana Tech University (Conference USA)
McNeese State University (Southland)
University of New Orleans (Southland)
Nicholls State University (Southland)
Northwestern State University (Southland)
Southeastern Louisiana University (Southland)
Southern University (Southwestern Athletic)
Tulane University (American Athletic)

Table Tennis Clubs in Louisiana

City Table Tennis Club
Abita SpringsNorthshore Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Louisiana. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Mardi Gras January to February New Orleans
Louisiana Crawfish Festival Late March or early April Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, Chalmette
Festival International de Louisiane April Lafayette
French Quarter Festival April French Quarter, New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Late April to early May Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans
Louisiana Boulettes & Balloons Festival May Golden Meadow
Louisiana Pirate Festival May Lake Charles
Essence Festival July Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Red River Balloon Rally July Bossier City
Boucherie & Balloon Festival October Sorrento
Festival Acadiens et Créoles October Girard Park, Lafayette
Louisiana Renaissance Festival November to December Hammond
Natchitoches Christmas Festival Late November to early January Natchitoches

Popular Iconic Louisiana Foods

Louisiana is famous for the following foods:

  • Gumbo
  • Shrimp Etoufee
  • Po'Boy
  • Muffuletta
  • King Cake
  • Beignet
  • Pralines
  • Jambalaya
  • Grillades
  • Ya-Ka-Mein
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Crawfish Boil
  • Boudin

Famous People Born In Louisiana

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Jim Taylor (Fullback. Inducted in 1976)
  • Willie Davis (Defensive End. Inducted in 1981)
  • John Henry Johnson (Fullback. Inducted in 1987)
  • Terry Bradshaw (Quarterback. Inducted in 1989)
  • Charlie Joiner (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 1996)
  • Fred Dean (Defensive End. Inducted in 2008)
  • Marshall Faulk (Running Back. Inducted in 2011)
  • Aeneas Williams (Cornerback, Safety. Inducted in 2014)
  • Ed Reed (Safety. Inducted in 2019)
  • Johnny Robinson (Safety. Inducted in 2019)
  • Alan Faneca (Offensive Guard. Inducted in 2021)
  • Peyton Manning (Quarterback. Inducted in 2021)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Mel Ott (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1951)
  • Bill Dickey (Catcher. Inducted in 1954)
  • Ted Lyons (Pitcher. Inducted in 1955)
  • Willard Brown (Center Fielder. Inducted in 2006)
  • Lee Smith (Pitcher. Inducted in 2019)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Bob Pettit (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1971)
  • Bill Russell (Center. Inducted in 1975. Coach. Inducted in 2021)
  • Willis Reed (Forward. Inducted in 1982)
  • Elvin Hayes (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1990)
  • Robert Parish (Center. Inducted in 2003)
  • Clyde Drexler (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 2004)
  • Joe Dumars (Guard. Inducted in 2006)
  • Karl Malone (Forward. Inducted in 2010)
  • Albert Pullins (Guard. Inducted in 2022)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Jared Leto
  • Tyler Perry
  • Reese Witherspoon

Famous Singers

  • Harry Connick Jr.
  • Lil Wayne
  • Hank Williams Jr.

Louisiana Fun Facts

  • Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV of France.
  • Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States. It is 450 feet tall and has 34 stories.
  • Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana is the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. It is 23.87 miles long and connects Metairie with Mandeville.
  • Breaux Bridge is known as the "Crawfish Capital of the World."
  • Rayne is known as the "Frog Capital of the World."
  • The Saint Charles streetcar line in New Orleans is one of only two mobile national monuments in the United States. San Francisco cable cars are the other.
  • The first documented Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans occurred in 1837. The first floats appeared 20 years later, in 1857.
  • The first opera performed in America was on May 22, 1796, in New Orleans.
  • Louisiana is the only state in the United States that follows the legal system established by Napoleon. The other 49 states follow English common law.
  • In Louisiana, staging a "fake" wrestling or boxing match is prohibited. The penalty is loss of license.
  • In 2007, Louisiana became the last state to ban cockfighting.

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