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A population of over 4.5 million people, Louisiana offers diverse entertainment, arts and culture of its cities alongside the coast and swamp regions. Approximately 20,000 square miles of land, mostly bordering the 600 miles of the Mississippi River is low, alluvial deposits. Louisiana is the home of the southern bayou, bordered to the west by Texas, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by Mississippi and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico. Noted for its diverse cultural population, Louisiana ancestries include African American, French, Creole, Hispanic, Native American, German and Irish. Of course, maybe most recognized for Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, jazz music and culinary fame, Louisiana has so much more to offer its residents.
Did You Know...
State Nickname: The Pelican State
State Capital: Baton Rouge
State Flower: Magnolia
State Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.
Baton Rouge's flag is a field of crimson representing the great Indian nations that once inhabited thearea.
Agriculture, chemicals, and fishing are major components of the economy.
Louisiana takes up 43,562 square miles.
Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its politial subdivisions are called parishes.
The town of Jean Lafitte was once a hideaway for pirates.
The world famous "Mardi Gras" is celebrated in New Orleans.
Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.
      A wide array of community types are available, including family neighborhoods, retirement, active adult, golf course, assisted living, bayou homes, city and rural communities. Louisiana’s prevalent differences come from the diverse culture and rich history of the region. Likewise, the styles of homes available to residents offer waterfront plantation homes, pre-Civil War rural properties, country landscapes, luxurious new developments, master-planned communities and downtown condominiums. Long-lasting influences of the French, Spanish and African ancestry preserve the past with a living history that can be experienced each day through the lives of the local population. Louisiana has its own style of architecture, complete with wrought iron balconies and port coheres of the French Quarter, plantation homes along the Mississippi River and raised cottages found through out Cajun Country that continue to be built and restored. Louisiana's exciting attractions are as diverse as the many cultures. From casinos and nightlife, plantations and museums,
restaurants, music venues, festivals and boat tours, Louisiana has something to offer everyone. The three largest cities of Louisiana include New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, offering the most action. New Orleans is home to two professional sports teams, the NBA’s Hornets and the NFL’s Saints. Baton Rouge stands as the state’s capital and technology center.

While the neon excitement of riverboat casinos and thoroughbred racing are favorites in Shreveport. However, for a state that can easily be driven end-to-end in less than a day residents can travel byways and bayous in pursuit of adventure. Louisiana is divided into five distinct, but unofficial regions. Comprised of the Greater New Orleans area, Plantation Country, Cajun Country, Crossroads and Sportsman’s Paradise, Louisiana’s regions each offer their own unique charm.

State Parks
      Kisatchie National Forest is Louisiana’s only National Forest, headquartered in the north central area of the state. Louisiana operates a system of 19 state parks, 16 state historic sites and one state preservation area. Eight months out of the year, Louisiana flourishes in hunting season. The back woods and bayous are full and with one of the largest game preserves in the U.S.; it’s also a natural habitat for many rare and endangered species. Camping, bird watching, fishing and golfing are popular pastimes for residents year-round. Additionally, there are thousands of hiking and biking trails and the largest expanse of coastal wetlands in North America. One will find several ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

History
      Louisiana has the most colorful history of any state and of many countries. Beginning long before the Louisiana Purchase, the state was the site of many battles, French and Spanish rule and a plethora of cultural and ancestries. Museums, plantations, historic sites and attractions continue to pay homage to the rich heritage. Forts and battlegrounds of the Civil War are located in Louisiana, along with the historic architecture, museums, history centers, walking tours and festivals of Main Street downtowns.
      One can’t reside in Louisiana without finding gumbo on the stove, pecan pie, home grown tomatoes, along with Cajun and Creole foods. The specific Louisiana music, diversified with West Indies voodoo chants, African tribal drums and Nova Scotian fiddles is like no other. Swamp tours and jasmine, bayou fog and spicy food, a Southern drawl and warm hospitality, Louisiana offers its residents a variety of cultures, historical prevalence, easy living, with a flair all its own.
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