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February 06, 2008

Louisiana Snapshot

Louisiana in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Caucus/Primary Snapshot

Louisiana, which is holding a Democratic primary and Republican caucus on Feb. 9, had a 2007 population of 4.3 million that includes a lower percentage of non-Hispanic whites and a higher percentage of blacks than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 64 percent of Louisiana’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, the same as the overall national rate.

These and other statistics about Louisiana’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Louisiana U.S.
Median age 35.7 36.4
Women 51.4% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 62.8% 66.4%
Black alone 31.7% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 2.9% 14.8%
Median household income $39,337 $48,451
Foreign born 2.9% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 19.0% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 20.3% 27.0%
Median home value $114,700 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

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