Louisiana: Profile

Government 
Governor:John Bel Edwards (D)
Treasurer:John Neely Kennedy (R)
Senators:Bill Cassidy (R)
David Vitter (R)
Entered Union:April 30, 1812
U.S. Representatives:6
Area 
Total Area135,659 km2 / 52,378 mi2
Land Area111,898 km2 / 43,204 mi2
Water Area23,761 km2 / 9,174 mi2
Water Area Percentage17.52 %
Time Zone  
Standard TimeGMT -5
Daylight-Saving TimeGMT -4
Weather 
Record High Temperature114°F / 46°C , Plain Dealing (August 10, 1936)
Record Low Temperature-16°F / -27°C , Minden (February 13, 1899)
GDP 
Total Gross Domestic Product (USD Billions)$243,317 (2015)
Per Capita Real GDP (USD)$45,606 (2015)
Population 
Population4,670,724 (2015)
Under 19 Population1,241,627 / 26.583% (2015)
65 and older Population653,608 / 13.994% (2015)
Male Population2,286,299 / 48.95% (2015)
Female Population2,384,425 / 51.05% (2015)
Non-English Speaker (at home) 119,591 (2013)
Net International Immigration 15,116 (2015)
Birth Rate (per 1,000)64,497 per 1,000 (2014)
Percent of People Under Poverty Level (%)19.9% (2014)
Major Cities 
CityPopulation (2015)
New Orleans389,617
Baton Rouge228,590
Shreveport197,204
Employment 
Employment 1,962,900 (2016)
Average Weekly Wage (USD)$775 (2016)
Unemployment Rate (%)6.4% (2016)
Expenditures 
Per Capita State Spending (USD)$5,867 (2014)
Energy Expenditures per Person (USD)$5,867 (2014)
Expenditures of State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Systems (USD Thousands)$4,426 (2015)
Revenue 
Per Capita Personal Income (USD)$42,947 (2015)
State Internal Revenue Collection (USD Thousands)$42,628 (2015)
Cash and Security Holdings by State Government (USD Thousands)$63,886 (2014)
Per Capita State Tax Collection (USD)$2,095 (2014)
Education 
High School Graduation Rate (%)82.8% (2014)
Percent of Population with a Bachelor's Degree (%)22.1% (2014)
Percent of Population with an Advanced Degree (%)7.4% (2014)
Logistics 
Public Road Length (Miles)61,427 Miles (2015)
Gas Tax Rate (%)20.01% (2016)
Number of Public Airports 70 (2015)
Main Airports 
CodeNameCity
AEXAlexandria InternationalAlexandria
BTRBaton Rouge Metropolitan, Ryan FieldBaton Rouge
LFTLafayette RegionalLafayette
MSYLouis Armstrong New Orleans InternationalMetairie
SHVShreveport RegionalShreveport
Ports 
Baton Rouge
Gramercy
Lake Charles
Lake Providence
Madison Parish
Morgan City
New Orleans
Plaquemines
Shreveport
South Louisiana

Sources:
Air Nav (2009)
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) (2009)
Bureau of Business and Economic Research (2009)
Bureau of Labor Statistics (2009)
Bureau of Transportation (2008)
Education Portal (2010)
Federal Aviation Administration (2009)
Internal Revenue Service (2009)
National Association of State Budget Officers (2008)
National Climatic Data Center (2009)
National Governors Association (2011)
Tax Foundation (2008)
U.S. Census Bureau (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009)
U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (2009)
U.S. Energy Information Administration (2008)
U.S. House of Representatives (2011)
United States Senate (2011)

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