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About Louisiana- Louisiana is a Southern state of the louisianaUnited States of America.

It uses the U.S. postal abbreviation LA. The state is bordered to the west by the state of Texas, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by the state of Mississippi, and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico. Among the states, Louisiana has a unique culture, owing to its French colonial heritage. While the state has no declared "official language," its law recognizes both English and French. Today, English is by far the main language of everyday life, but French is spoken by nearly 5% of the population and its influence can be seen in local dialects and in many place names.

Living in Louisiana

People of Louisiana - Louisiana has an estimated population of 4,523,628, which is an increase of 16,943, or 0.4%, from the prior year and an increase of 54,670, or 1.2%, since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 129,889 people (that is 350,818 births minus 220,929 deaths) and a decrease due to net migration of 69,373 people out of the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 20,174 people, and migration within the country produced a net loss of 89,547 people.

The state's population included approximately 215,000 native French-speakers.

The racial makeup of the state is:

  • 62.5% White
  • 32.5% Black
  • 2.4% Hispanic
  • 1.2% Asian
  • 0.6% Native American
  • 1.1% Mixed race

The five largest ancestries in the state are: African American and Franco-African (32.5%), French/French Canadian (16.2%), American (10.1%), German (7.1%), Irish (7%). The U.S. Census, which continues to use race as a determinant, does not recognize that much of Louisiana's African-American heritage is, in fact, distinctly Franco-African with a sizable number designating themselves not as African-American but as Creole, which to many of them is a non-racial term.

As of 2000, 91.2% of Louisiana residents age 5 and older speak English at home and 4.8% speak French. Spanish is the third most spoken language at 2.5%, followed by Vietnamese at 0.6% and German at 0.2%.

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