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State Demographics Data - LA

Louisiana

Demographics & Social
2016
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 189,921
% Foreign Born 4.1%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2016 63.9%
% change: 1990-2000 32.6%
Race (%)  
One race 98.0%
White
43.8%
Black or African American
7.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.2%
Asian
27.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
18.8%
Two or more races 2.0%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 92,319
% Latino 48.6%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.0%
5-17 6.8%
18-64 80.8%
65 and older 11.3%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

39.1
Gender (% female) 48.0%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.0%
Married 60.3%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 13.7%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 4,491,745
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 3.2%
% change: 1990-2000 5.3%
Race (%)  
One race 98.0%
White 62.7%
Black or African American 33.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6%
Asian 0.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.7%
Two or more races 2.0%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 138,849
% Latino 3.1%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.8%
5-17 17.8%
18-64 60.9%
65 and older 14.5%
Median Age 36.4
Gender (% female) 51.2%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 37.0%
Married 41.6%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.4%
Foreign Born
Number 115,885
% Foreign Born 2.6%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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U.S. Born
Number 4,353,091
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Foreign Born
Number 87,407
% Foreign Born 2.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Number 4,132,566
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

189,921
Born in Africa 7,948
Born in Asia 59,290
Born in Europe 16,224
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 103,461
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,189
Born in Oceania 809
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year. The estimate for China excludes Taiwan.

 
Country #1 Mexico
Country #2 Vietnam
Country #3 China (exc. Taiwan)
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

189,921
Europe 16,224
Northern Europe 4,342
United Kingdom
3,760
Ireland
243
Other Northern Europe
339
Western Europe 6,666
France
1,855
Germany
3,906
Other Western Europe
905
Southern Europe 1,614
Italy
385
Portugal
314
Other Southern Europe
915
Eastern Europe 3,602
Poland
383
Russia
761
Other Eastern Europe
2,458
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 59,290
Eastern Asia 14,444
China
10,054

China, excluding Taiwan

8,512

Taiwan

1,542
Japan
2,206
Korea
1,994
Other Eastern Asia
190
South Central Asia 11,316
India
6,253
Iran
625
Other South Central Asia
4,438
Southeastern Asia 27,844
Philippines
5,717
Vietnam
18,457
Other Southeastern Asia
3,670
Western Asia 4,374
Israel
283
Lebanon
1,039
Other Western Asia
3,052
Other Asia (no country specified) 1,312
Africa 7,948
Eastern Africa 1,802
Northern Africa
1,856
Western Africa
2,809
Middle and Southern Africa
766
Other Africa (no country specified)
715
Oceania 809
Australia and New Zealand subregion 809
Oceania (no country specified) 0
Americas 105,650
Latin America 103,461
Caribbean
11,335

Cuba

4,420

Jamaica

1,294

Other Caribbean

5,621
Central America
82,561

Mexico

32,787

El Salvador

5,740

Other Central America

44,034
South America
9,565

Brazil

2,488

Colombia

1,708

Other South America

5,369
Northern America 2,189
Canada
2,189
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 50,738
1990-1999 33,089
2000-2009 55,242
Since 2010 50,852
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 4.2%
Born in Asia 31.2%
Born in Europe 8.5%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 54.5%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.2%
Born in Oceania 0.4%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 16.80
Country #2 10.80
Country #3 4.40
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 8.5%
Northern Europe 2.3%
United Kingdom 2.0%
Ireland 0.1%
Other Northern Europe 0.2%
Western Europe 3.5%
France 1.0%
Germany 2.1%
Other Western Europe 0.5%
Southern Europe 0.8%
Italy 0.2%
Portugal 0.2%
Other Southern Europe 0.5%
Eastern Europe 1.9%
Poland 0.2%
Russia 0.4%
Other Eastern Europe 1.3%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 31.2%
Eastern Asia 7.6%
China 5.3%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.5%
Taiwan 0.8%
Japan 1.2%
Korea 1.0%
Other Eastern Asia 0.1%
South Central Asia 6.0%
India 3.3%
Iran 0.3%
Other South Central Asia 2.3%
Southeastern Asia 14.7%
Philippines 3.0%
Vietnam 9.7%
Other Southeastern Asia 1.9%
Western Asia 2.3%
Israel 0.1%
Lebanon 0.5%
Other Western Asia 1.6%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.7%
Africa 4.2%
Eastern Africa 0.9%
Northern Africa 1.0%
Western Africa 1.5%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.4%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.4%
Oceania 0.4%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.4%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.0%
Americas 55.6%
Latin America 54.5%
Caribbean 6.0%
Cuba 2.3%
Jamaica 0.7%
Other Caribbean 3.0%
Central America 43.5%
Mexico 17.3%
El Salvador 3.0%
Other Central America 23.2%
South America 5.0%
Brazil 1.3%
Colombia 0.9%
Other South America 2.8%
Northern America 1.2%
Canada 1.2%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 26.7%
1980-1989 17.4%
1990-1999 29.1%
Since 2000 26.8%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 115,885
Born in Africa 4,016
Born in Asia 43,464
Born in Europe 18,062
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 46,561
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3,200
Cat28 577
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Vietnam
Country #2 Honduras
Country #3 Mexico
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 3.5%
Born in Asia 37.5%
Born in Europe 15.6%
Born in Latin America 40.2%
Born in Northern America 2.8%
Born in Oceania 0.5%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 14.50
Country #2 9.70%
Country #3 8.00
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 83,680
Born in Africa 2,215
Born in Asia 29,750
Born in Europe 16,323
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 32,707
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,310
Cat21 375
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Vietnam
Country #2 Honduras
Country #3 Cuba
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 2.6%
Born in Asia 35.6%
Born in Europe 19.5%
Born in Latin America 39.1%
Born in Northern America 2.8%
Born in Oceania 0.4%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 13.10
Country #2 8.70%
Country #3 5.40%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 189,921
Naturalized citizens 79,688
Noncitizens 110,233
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 79,688
Before 1980 9,867
1980-1989 12,293
1990-1999 14,429
2000-2009 23,926
Since 2010 19,173
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 42.0%
Noncitizens 58.0%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 12.4%
1980-1989 15.4%
1990-1999 18.1%
2000-2009 30.0%
Since 2010 24.1%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 115,885
Naturalized citizens 56,102
Noncitizens 59,783
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 48.4%
Noncitizens 51.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 87,407
Naturalized citizens 38,082
Noncitizens 49,325
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 43.6%
Noncitizens 56.4%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 56,660
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 4,008
% married among women who gave birth
74.6%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
25.4%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,059,948
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 57,885
% married among women who gave birth 49.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 51.0%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 3.13
Average family size 3.64
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.62
Average family size 3.32
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 1,038,911
Only native parent(s)
960,773
One or more foreign-born parents
78,138

Child is native

66,052

Child is foreign born

12,086
Children under age 6 with 351,708
Only native parent(s)
320,805
One or more foreign-born parents
30,903

Child is native

28,724

Child is foreign born

2,179
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 687,203
Only native parent(s)
639,968
One or more foreign-born parents
47,235

Child is native

37,328

Child is foreign born

9,907
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

504,511
Only native parents 460,005
One or more foreign-born parents 44,506
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.5%
Child is native 6.4%
Child is foreign born 1.2%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 91.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.8%
Child is native 8.2%
Child is foreign born 0.6%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 93.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 6.9%
Child is native 5.4%
Child is foreign born 1.4%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 91.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.8%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 1,134,024
Only native parent(s) 1,082,650
One or more foreign-born parents 51,374
Child is native 43,408
Child is foreign born 7,966
Children under age 6 with 354,374
Only native parent(s) 338,099
One or more foreign-born parents 16,275
Child is native 15,047
Child is foreign born 1,228
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 779,650
Only native parent(s) 744,551
One or more foreign-born parents 35,099
Child is native 28,361
Child is foreign born 6,738
Children in Low-Income Families* 550,092
Only native parents 526,369
One or more foreign-born parents 23,723
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 95.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.5%
Child is native 3.8%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 95.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.6%
Child is native 4.2%
Child is foreign born 0.3%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 95.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.5%
Child is native 3.6%
Child is foreign born 0.9%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 95.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.3%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 1,160,658
Only native parent(s) 1,119,615
One or more foreign-born parents 41,043
Child is native 33,249
Child is foreign born 7,794
Children under age 6 with 385,398
Only native parent(s) 371,706
One or more foreign-born parents 13,692
Child is native 12,903
Child is foreign born 789
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 775,260
Only native parent(s) 747,909
One or more foreign-born parents 27,351
Child is native 20,346
Child is foreign born 7,005
Children in Low-Income Families* 623,571
Only native parents 602,718
One or more foreign-born parents 20,853
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.5%
Child is native 2.9%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.6%
Child is native 3.3%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.5%
Child is native 2.6%
Child is foreign born 0.9%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 96.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.3%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2016 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.