A Map of the U.S. state Louisiana

Louisiana Facts

  • U.S. State: Louisiana
  • Abbreviation: LA
  • Joined the USA: April 30th, 1812 (18th State)
  • Located: Southeastern United States
  • Capital City: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Most Populated City: New Orleans, LA

32 Louisiana Facts for Kids

  1. Louisiana is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Louisiana became a U.S. State on Thursday, April 30th, 1812.
  3. Louisiana was the 18th state to join the United States.
  4. The U.S. state of Louisiana covers 52,069 square miles.
  5. Louisiana is the 31st largest state by area in the United States.
  6. In 2019, the population of Louisiana was estimated to be 4,649,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  7. In 2019, Louisiana was the 25th most populated state in the United States.
  8. A person who is from or lives in Louisiana is called a Louisianian.
  9. The capital city of Louisiana is Baton Rouge.
  10. The four most populated cities in Louisiana are New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lafayette.
  11. The largest city by population in Louisiana is New Orleans.
  12. The largest metropolitan area in Louisiana is the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area.
  13. The U.S. state of Louisiana has 65 parishes.
  14. The most populated parish in Louisiana is East Baton Rouge Parish with 440,059 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  15. The largest parish by area in Louisiana is Plaquemines Parish with 2,429 square miles.
  16. The highest elevation point in Louisiana is Driskill Mountain at 535 feet above sea level.
  17. The lowest elevation point in Louisiana is the City of New Orleans at 8 feet below sea level.
  18. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Louisiana is 59.1 inches.
  19. Louisiana is the wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  20. Louisiana has more annual precipitation than any other U.S. state.
  21. The average temperature in Louisiana is 66.7 °F.
  22. Louisiana is the 3rd warmest state in the United States.
  23. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Louisiana was 114 °F on August 10th, 1936.
  24. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Louisiana was -16 °F on February 13th, 1899.
  25. A couple natural disasters that can affect Louisiana are hurricanes and thunderstorms.
  26. Louisiana is in one time zone, Central Time Zone (CT).
  27. The USPS abbreviation for Louisiana is LA.
  28. Louisiana is also known as the Pelican State.
  29. The motto of the U.S. state of Louisiana is “Union, justice, and confidence”.
  30. The official state flower of Louisiana is the magnolia.
  31. The official state tree of Louisiana is the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum).
  32. The official state bird of Louisiana is the eastern brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis).

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