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Location of Louisiana State


Capital: Baton Rouge

Population: 4,601,893 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairie, Lafayette, Lake Charles

Borders: Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Gulf of Mexico

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $243,264 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including cotton, soybeans, cattle, sugarcane, dairy products, and seafood
Tourism, oil and petroleum mining, food processing, paper products, coal mining, shipping, and chemicals

How Louisiana got its name: Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, the King of France.

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Louisiana State Symbols

State Nickname: Pelican State

State Slogan: Fall in love with Louisiana all over again [1]; Come as you are. Leave Different.; Sportsman's Paradise (on its license plate)

State Motto: Union, justice, and confidence

State flower: Magnolia

State bird: Eastern Brown Pelican

State fish: White Perch, sac-au-lait (fresh water), Spotted sea trout (salt water)

State tree: Baldcypress

State mammal: Black bear, Catahoula Leopard Dog

State foods: Milk, Strawberries, Sweet Potato, Natchitoches Meat Pie, Mayhaw Jelly

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Thursday, April 30, 1812

Number admitted: 18

Prior Name: Orleans Territory

Postal Abbreviation: LA

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The Geography of Louisiana

Total Size: 43,562 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: New Orleans at -8 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Orleans (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Driskill Mtn. at 535 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Bienville (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Avoyelles County approx. 3 miles southeast of Marksville (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 64 Parishes (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Gulf of Mexico, Atchafalaya Bay, Mississippi River, Red River, Ouachita River, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Grand Lake, White Lake, Calcasieu Lake

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