Louisiana Education and State Information

Louisiana has a diverse culture with French, Cajun, German, Hungarian and African-American influences. This state has more than 50 nonprofit colleges and universities, including Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana.

Information About Louisiana

Louisiana definitely can lay claim to being part of the Old South tradition. Being a few feet above sea level, the state's subtropical climate caters to its laid-back way of life. There are some major differences about Louisiana that set it apart from other southern states. For one, it has a very diverse culture, which is due largely to the different types of farming that occurred throughout Louisiana's history. People may be surprised to find out that, in addition to the large French and Cajun populations, there are also large German and Hungarian populations in the state. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Louisiana at more than 4.6 million.

It's hard to describe Louisiana without mentioning entertainment and leisure. Louisiana is the birthplace of jazz, and it continues to live up to its roots with a number of top-notch jazz clubs and musicians. If you want to get away from the city, you may want to pack up the rod and reel, because Louisiana's leisure fishing industry is excellent. The state's many bayous and inland rivers continue to make anglers happy.

Louisiana Educational Opportunities

With a student population of more than 31,000 as of Fall 2014, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College in Baton Rouge is one of the largest postsecondary schools in the state. Other large public schools in Louisiana include Delgado Community College in New Orleans (17,000+ students), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (17,000+ students), Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond (14,000+ students) and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston (11,000+ students).

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Tulane University in New Orleans the nation's 41st best university. That same year, U.S. News recognized Loyola University New Orleans as the 11th best regional university in the South. Tulane and Loyola are both private nonprofit schools.

Louisiana Economy

For much of its history, Louisiana was known for it large cotton and sugar industries. While these two crops are still grown in abundance, other natural resources have made the state more prosperous. Oil, natural gas and wood are some of the state's main exports today. The fishing industry in Louisiana ranks second only to Alaska and is a large source of fresh shrimp around the country.


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