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Louisiana : What you need to know

Residents living in Louisiana enjoy a subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana provides a variety of outdoor recreation options from beaches and swamps to golf courses, hiking trails and bike paths. New Orleans, Lafayette, Lake Charles, LaPlace Kenner and Shreveport are among the best places to live in Louisiana. Top industries in Louisiana include petroleum and natural gas production, tourism, filmmaking and seafood, especially crawfish.

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Quick Facts about LA

Population 4,625,253
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $45,047
Median Home Price $144,100
Median Property Tax $1,200
Median Rent $66

Employment Rate in LA

  Employed 93.8%
  Unemployed 6.2%

Race in LA

  Ethnicity White 62.8%
  Ethnicity Black 32.1%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.7%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 4.7%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.6%
  Ethnicity Other 1%

Employment Rate in LA

  Employed 93.8%
  Unemployed 6.2%

Educational Levels in LA

  Bachelor's Degree 14.8%
  Associate's Degree 5.5%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 7.7%
  High School Graduate 33.9%
  Some College, No Degree 21.4%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 22.5%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 83.4%

Industry in LA

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 4.7%
Construction 8%
Manufacturing 7.9%
Wholesale Trade 2.6%
Retail Trade 11.6%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5.2%
Information 1.6%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.1%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 8.8%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 23.4%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 10.3%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5.2%
Public Administration 5.5%

Housing in LA

  Homes Rent 65.8%
  Homes Owned 34.2%

Louisiana Rankings

Best places to Live in Louisiana

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
New Orleans 376,738 $192,400 $36,792
Baton Rouge 229,186 $156,400 $39,876
Shreveport 200,015 $130,400 $38,583
Metairie 142,715 $215,900 $52,421
Lafayette 124,982 $173,900 $46,517
Lake Charles 74,190 $131,600 $36,751
Kenner 66,993 $170,800 $47,527
Bossier City 66,093 $150,200 $47,342
Monroe 49,529 $123,500 $28,268
Alexandria 47,985 $130,100 $34,579
Houma 33,982 $150,800 $47,052
Marrero 31,738 $127,200 $34,419
New Iberia 30,782 $105,100 $39,061
Prairieville 29,721 $218,800 $95,807
LaPlace 28,640 $160,900 $55,286
Central 27,768 $185,200 $68,195
Slidell 27,567 $152,600 $51,958
Terrytown 24,910 $159,700 $43,363
Ruston 22,185 $154,200 $28,560
Chalmette 21,311 $133,200 $40,968