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State Demographics Data - LA

Louisiana

Demographics & Social
2015
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 186,369
% Foreign Born 4.0%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 60.8%
% change: 1990-2000 32.6%
Race (%)  
One race 97.1%
White
48.6%
Black or African American
7.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
Asian
27.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.2%
Other race
13.1%
Two or more races 2.9%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 90,386
% Latino 48.5%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.1%
5-17 6.2%
18-64 80.4%
65 and older 12.3%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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.

40.4
Gender (% female) 50.1%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 29.6%
Married 54.5%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 15.9%

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 4,484,355
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 3.0%
% change: 1990-2000 5.3%
Race (%)  
One race 97.9%
White 63.0%
Black or African American 33.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5%
Asian 0.7%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.6%
Two or more races 2.1%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 138,192
% Latino 3.1%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.8%
5-17 17.8%
18-64 61.3%
65 and older 14.1%
Median Age 36.1
Gender (% female) 51.1%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 35.9%
Married 42.4%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.6%
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.

186,369
Born in Africa 5,699
Born in Asia 60,334
Born in Europe 18,162
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 98,250
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3,310
Born in Oceania 614
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.

186,369
Europe 18,162
Northern Europe 5,002
United Kingdom
3,867
Ireland
405
Other Northern Europe
730
Western Europe 5,523
France
1,099
Germany
3,601
Other Western Europe
823
Southern Europe 2,845
Italy
1,022
Portugal
0
Other Southern Europe
1,823
Eastern Europe 4,677
Poland
612
Russia
1,031
Other Eastern Europe
3,034
Other Europe (no country specified) 115
Asia 60,334
Eastern Asia 11,226
China
8,536

China, excluding Taiwan

7,561

Taiwan

975
Japan
709
Korea
1,981
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 11,030
India
7,523
Iran
943
Other South Central Asia
2,564
Southeastern Asia 31,806
Philippines
4,245
Vietnam
24,170
Other Southeastern Asia
3,391
Western Asia 5,620
Israel
655
Lebanon
124
Other Western Asia
4,841
Other Asia (no country specified) 652
Africa 5,699
Eastern Africa 1,443
Northern Africa
1,011
Western Africa
1,544
Middle and Southern Africa
971
Other Africa (no country specified)
730
Oceania 614
Australia and New Zealand subregion 282
Oceania (no country specified) 332
Americas 101,560
Latin America 98,250
Caribbean
14,731

Cuba

5,952

Jamaica

1,034

Other Caribbean

7,745
Central America
72,434

Mexico

26,453

El Salvador

5,140

Other Central America

40,841
South America
11,085

Brazil

1,688

Colombia

2,000

Other South America

7,397
Northern America 3,310
Canada
3,310
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 53,123
1990-1999 34,923
2000-2009 57,567
Since 2010 40,756
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 3.1%
Born in Asia 32.4%
Born in Europe 9.7%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 52.7%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.8%
Born in Oceania 0.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 16.8%
Country #2 10.8%
Country #3 4.4%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 9.7%
Northern Europe 2.7%
United Kingdom 2.1%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 3.0%
France 0.6%
Germany 1.9%
Other Western Europe 0.4%
Southern Europe 1.5%
Italy 0.5%
Portugal 0.0%
Other Southern Europe 1.0%
Eastern Europe 2.5%
Poland 0.3%
Russia 0.6%
Other Eastern Europe 1.6%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.1%
Asia 32.4%
Eastern Asia 6.0%
China 4.6%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.1%
Taiwan 0.5%
Japan 0.4%
Korea 1.1%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 5.9%
India 4.0%
Iran 0.5%
Other South Central Asia 1.4%
Southeastern Asia 17.1%
Philippines 2.3%
Vietnam 13.0%
Other Southeastern Asia 1.8%
Western Asia 3.0%
Israel 0.4%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 2.6%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.3%
Africa 3.1%
Eastern Africa 0.8%
Northern Africa 0.5%
Western Africa 0.8%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.5%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.4%
Oceania 0.3%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.2%
Americas 54.5%
Latin America 52.7%
Caribbean 7.9%
Cuba 3.2%
Jamaica 0.6%
Other Caribbean 4.2%
Central America 38.9%
Mexico 14.2%
El Salvador 2.8%
Other Central America 21.9%
South America 5.9%
Brazil 0.9%
Colombia 1.1%
Other South America 4.0%
Northern America 1.8%
Canada 1.8%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 28.5%
1980-1989 18.7%
1990-1999 30.9%
Since 2000 21.9%
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 14.5%
Country #2 9.7%
Country #3 8.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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 13.1%
Country #2 8.7%
Country #3 5.4%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 186,369
Naturalized citizens 76,294
Noncitizens 110,075
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 76,294
Before 1980 10,583
1980-1989 10,162
1990-1999 18,318
2000-2009 21,223
Since 2010 16,008
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 40.9%
Noncitizens 59.1%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 13.9%
1980-1989 13.3%
1990-1999 24.0%
2000-2009 27.8%
Since 2010 21.0%
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) 58,170
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 3,917
% married among women who gave birth
71.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
28.3%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,070,015
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 58,498
% married among women who gave birth 49.9%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 50.1%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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 3.06
Average family size 3.71
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.59
Average family size 3.28
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 1,052,493
Only native parent(s)
978,921
One or more foreign-born parents
73,572

Child is native

62,186

Child is foreign born

11,386
Children under age 6 with 353,899
Only native parent(s)
325,952
One or more foreign-born parents
27,947

Child is native

25,337

Child is foreign born

2,610
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 698,594
Only native parent(s)
652,969
One or more foreign-born parents
45,625

Child is native

36,849

Child is foreign born

8,776
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.

516,244
Only native parents 473,774
One or more foreign-born parents 42,470
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 93.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.0%
Child is native 5.9%
Child is foreign born 1.1%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.9%
Child is native 7.2%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 93.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 6.5%
Child is native 5.3%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 91.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.2%
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, 2015 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, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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.