Louisiana Facts

Louisiana Facts
Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States. Louisiana is the 31st most extensive and the 25th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. See the fact file below for more information about Louisiana.
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Baton Rouge

Became a State
April 30, 1812 (18th)

southern region of United States

51,885 sq. miles (31st)

4,533,372 (25th)

Major Cities
New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette

oil and natural gas, seafood, cotton, soybeans, salt, cattle, sugar cane, poultry, eggs, dairy products, rice

humid subtropical climate with long, hot summers and short, mild winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 48 inches

Professional Sports Teams
New Orleans Hornets (National Basketball Association)
New Orlean Saints (National Football League)

Major Waterways
Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico, Red River, Quachita River, Sabine River

Most Famous Citizens
Louis Armstrong (musician )
G. Beene (fashion designer)
Truman Capote (writer)
Michael De Bakey (heart surgeon)
Bryant Gumbel (TV newscaster)

State Symbols
Bird – Brown Pelican
Flower – Magnolia
Animal – Louisiana Black Bear
Tree – Bald Cypress
Insect – Honeybee