Louisiana At a Glance
Louisiana is home to 4,649,676 residents, making it the 25th most populous state in the U.S., with just under 1.5% of the nations total population. It is the the 31st most extensive state in terms of area. The median age of Louisianans is 35.8 years old, and the median household income is $68,964.
Located in the southern U.S., Louisiana is the only state subdivided into parishes instead of counties. It is bordered by Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north, Alabama to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Louisianas capital is Baton Rouge, and its largest city is New Orleans.
Louisiana Jobs & Economy
In 2014, Louisiana was ranked as one of the U.S. most small business-friendly states. Large industries include agriculture (specifically seafood) and tourism. Notable occupations in the state include riggers, captains, mates and pilots of water vessels, and commercial divers. Louisiana has no state minimum wage, deferring to the federal rate of $7.25/hour.
Lousiana Unemployment Rate
The unemployment rate in Louisiana stands at 6.7% as of 2014. This is more than a percentage point higher than the national average of 5.6%.