Welcome to Louisiana
Louisiana is a state in the deep south region of the United States.
Louisiana have been given the nickname “The Pelican State”. The brown pelican is Louisiana’s official state bird and appears on Louisiana’s great seal, the official state painting and also on Louisiana’s state flag.
The capital city of Louisiana is Baton Rouge and was moved from New Orleans in 1849, but the largest city of Louisiana is New Orleans.
Louisiana is the 31st most extensive state and the 25th most populous of all the states in the U.S.
Louisiana is the only U.S. state with political subdivisions called parishes and The U.S. state of Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes.
The other 48 states of the United States are divided into counties, and Alaska is divided into boroughs.
Louisiana is bordered by Texas to the west, Mississippi to the east, Arkansas to the north and Gulf of Mexico to the south.
Louisiana has a humid subtropical climate with long hot humid summers with high temperatures and mild winters. The subtropical characteristics of the Louisiana state are due to its low latitude and the influence of the Gulf of Mexico.
Rain is frequent throughout the year in Louisiana although April to September is the state’s wet season.
In the summer in Louisiana thunderstorms are common and built during the heat of the day. The Louisiana state averages over 60 days of thunderstorms a year and 27 tornadoes annually (only Florida have more thunderstorms than Louisiana).
Louisiana is often affected by tropical cyclones and is very vulnerable to strikes by major hurricanes, particularly the lowlands around and in the New Orleans area. On August 29, 2005 New Orleans was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina which resulted in flooding more than 80% of the city.
Louisiana is also a famous subject of countless stories and movies due to the humid, thick, jungle-like heat in southern.
In 2014, Louisiana was ranked as one of the most small business friendly states, based on a study drawing upon data from over 12,000 small business owners.
The Louisiana state’s principal agricultural products include seafood (it is the biggest producer of crawfish in the world, supplying approximately 90%).
Louisiana state also produces soybeans, cattle, cotton, sugarcane, rice, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
Tourism and culture is also an important element in the Louisiana economy, especially in the New Orleans area and Louisiana hosts many important cultural events, such as the World Cultural Economic Forum.
The Port of South Louisiana is the 4th largest volume shipping port in the world, as well as the largest bulk cargo port in the world.
New Orleans is located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Louisiana. New Orleans is most populous city in Louisiana.
New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinct music and annual celebrations and festivals especially Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras is also called Fat Tuesday, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.
Quick facts about Louisiana
- Nickname: The Pelican State, Bayou State
- Capital city: Baton Rouge
- Largest city: New Orleans
- Area: 52 378 sq mi (135 382 km²) (ranked 31th of 50)
- Population: Est, 4 681 666 (ranked 25 of 50)
- Highest point: Driskill Mountain
- Lowest point: New Orleans
- Latitude: 28° 56′ N to 33° 01′ N
- Longitude: 88° 49′ W to 94° 03′ W
- Bordering states: Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and (Gulf of Mexico)
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