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State Facts

Full Name

State of Louisiana

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

April 30, 1812 (18th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

4,468,976 (22nd)

Land Area (Rank)

43,562 square miles; 112,825 square kilometers (33rd)

Capital

Baton Rouge

Postal Abbreviation

LA

State Nickname

Pelican State

Motto

Union, justice, and confidence

Songs

  • “Give Me Louisiana” (music by Dr. John Croom, words by Doralice Fontane),
  • “You Are My Sunshine” (music and words by Jimmy Davis and Charles Mitchell)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Magnolia bloom
  • Tree: Bald cypress
  • Bird: Eastern brown pelican

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Seafood,
    • cotton,
    • soybeans,
    • cattle,
    • sugarcane,
    • poultry and eggs,
    • dairy products,
    • rice
  • Industry:
    • Chemical products,
    • petroleum and coal products,
    • food processing,
    • transportation equipment,
    • paper products,
    • tourism