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Louisiana Almanac

The Louisiana Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Louisiana.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
Louisiana. L. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 484. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union April 30, 1812
Capital Baton Rouge, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Pelican State, Bayou State, Sugar State, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Union, Justice, Confidence, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 51,843 square miles Rank among states 31st
Land area 43,566 square miles Rank among states 33rd
Water area 8,277 square miles Rank among states 5th
Greatest distance East to West 315 miles
Greatest distance North to South 283 miles
Highest point 535 feet (Driskill Mountain) Rank among states 48th
Lowest point -8 feet (New Orleans) Rank among states 2nd
Mean elevation 100 feet Rank among states 50th
Highest recorded temperature 114 degrees on August 10, 1936 at Plain Dealing
Lowest recorded temperature -16 degrees on February 13, 1899 at Minden
Highest monthly average temperature 93.3 degrees Rank among states 7th
Lowest monthly average temperature 36.2 degrees Rank among states 47th
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 57 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
4,468,976 Rank among states 22nd
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
102.58 Rank among states 22nd
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. New Orleans 484,674 6. Kenner 70,517
2. Baton Rouge 227,818 7. Bossier City 56,461
3. Shreveport 200,145 8. Monroe 53,107
4. Lafayette 110,257 9. Alexandria 46,342
5. Lake Charles 71,757 10. New Iberia 32,623
Median age 31
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 71.74 Rank among states 49th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 6,846.6 Rank among states 4th
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 1.067.5 Rank among states 5th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 5,784.9 Rank among states 5th
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$23,090 Rank among states 45th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$20,393 Rank among states 44th
Median household income (1993) $26,312 Rank among states 43rd

Additional Information

Louisiana Almanac: 2012 Edition

Louisiana Almanac: 2012 Edition, edited by Milburn Calhoun, Bernie McGovern. 736 pages. Publisher: Pelican Publishing (Release date May 15, 2012)

Updated edition .

Louisiana Almanac: 2008-2009 Edition

Louisiana Almanac: 2008-2009 Edition, edited by Milburn Calhoun, Bernie McGovern. 760 pages. Publisher: Pelican Publishing; 18 edition (April 29, 2008)

Whether you are new to the state or part of a family with centuries’ of heritage, the Louisiana Almanac is an essential part of any home, school, or business. This updated edition includes important information like census statistics as well as interesting facts to know, such as the highest point in Louisiana (Mount Driskill). It includes charts of Louisiana’s honorees for the Football Hall of Fame and vital history from the colonial days of the territory. From results of the LEAP test to the percentage of people with Cajun descent, this book is a must-have for everyone interested in learning more about the great Pelican State.

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