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State Demographics Data - LA

Louisiana

Demographics & Social
2018
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 195,027
% Foreign Born 4.2%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2018 68.3%
% change: 1990-2000 32.6%
Race (%)  
One race 97.2%
White
47.1%
Black or African American
6.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
Asian
26.3%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
16.5%
Two or more races 2.8%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 97,428
% Latino 50.0%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.3%
5-17 8.1%
18-64 77.4%
65 and older 13.2%
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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 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.

40.6
Gender (% female) 47.0%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 29.1%
Married 56.3%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 14.6%

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 4,464,951
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 2.6%
% change: 1990-2000 5.3%
Race (%)  
One race 97.8%
White 62.4%
Black or African American 33.5%
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 2.2%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 142,526
% Latino 3.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.7%
5-17 17.5%
18-64 60.3%
65 and older 15.6%
Median Age 37.1
Gender (% female) 51.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 36.9%
Married 42.9%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 20.2%
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%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
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.

195,027
Born in Africa 8,996
Born in Asia 62,800
Born in Europe 14,101
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 106,427
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,339
Born in Oceania 364
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
Country #2
Country #3
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.

195,027
Europe 14,101
Northern Europe 3,704
United Kingdom
2,776
Ireland
769
Other Northern Europe
159
Western Europe 5,561
France
1,346
Germany
2,813
Other Western Europe
1,402
Southern Europe 1,723
Italy
555
Portugal
30
Other Southern Europe
1,138
Eastern Europe 3,113
Poland
277
Russia
763
Other Eastern Europe
2,073
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 62,800
Eastern Asia 10,525
China
7,561

China, excluding Taiwan

6,594

Taiwan

967
Japan
1,492
Korea
1,472
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 10,380
India
5,012
Iran
877
Other South Central Asia
4,491
Southeastern Asia 33,380
Philippines
9,281
Vietnam
18,644
Other Southeastern Asia
5,455
Western Asia 7,007
Israel
907
Lebanon
262
Other Western Asia
5,838
Other Asia (no country specified) 1,508
Africa 8,996
Eastern Africa 1,633
Northern Africa
2,884
Western Africa
3,002
Middle and Southern Africa
1,053
Other Africa (no country specified)
424
Oceania 364
Australia and New Zealand subregion 364
Oceania (no country specified) 0
Americas 108,766
Latin America 106,427
Caribbean
14,576

Cuba

5,214

Jamaica

338

Other Caribbean

9,024
Central America
80,634

Mexico

29,786

El Salvador

4,895

Other Central America

45,953
South America
11,217

Brazil

3,529

Colombia

2,429

Other South America

5,259
Northern America 2,339
Canada
2,301
Other Northern America
38
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 49,050
1990-1999 28,050
2000-2009 51,280
Since 2010 66,647
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 4.6%
Born in Asia 32.2%
Born in Europe 7.2%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 54.6%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.2%
Born in Oceania 0.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 7.2%
Northern Europe 1.9%
United Kingdom 1.4%
Ireland 0.4%
Other Northern Europe 0.1%
Western Europe 2.9%
France 0.7%
Germany 1.4%
Other Western Europe 0.7%
Southern Europe 0.9%
Italy 0.3%
Portugal 0.0%
Other Southern Europe 0.6%
Eastern Europe 1.6%
Poland 0.1%
Russia 0.4%
Other Eastern Europe 1.1%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 32.2%
Eastern Asia 5.4%
China 3.9%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.4%
Taiwan 0.5%
Japan 0.8%
Korea 0.8%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 5.3%
India 2.6%
Iran 0.4%
Other South Central Asia 2.3%
Southeastern Asia 17.1%
Philippines 4.8%
Vietnam 9.6%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.8%
Western Asia 3.6%
Israel 0.5%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 3.0%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.8%
Africa 4.6%
Eastern Africa 0.8%
Northern Africa 1.5%
Western Africa 1.5%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.5%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.2%
Oceania 0.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.0%
Americas 55.8%
Latin America 54.6%
Caribbean 7.5%
Cuba 2.7%
Jamaica 0.2%
Other Caribbean 4.6%
Central America 41.3%
Mexico 15.3%
El Salvador 2.5%
Other Central America 23.6%
South America 5.8%
Brazil 1.8%
Colombia 1.2%
Other South America 2.7%
Northern America 1.2%
Canada 1.2%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 25.2%
1980-1989 14.4%
1990-1999 26.3%
Since 2000 34.2%
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
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
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
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
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
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 195,027
Naturalized citizens 77,832
Noncitizens 117,195
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 77,832
Before 1990 20,481
1990-1999 13,718
2000-2009 17,277
2010-2014 13,483
Since 2015 12,873
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 39.9%
Noncitizens 60.1%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 26.3%
1980-1989 17.6%
1990-1999 22.2%
2000-2009 17.3%
Since 2010 16.5%
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) 53,134
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 5,031
% married among women who gave birth
72.2%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
27.8%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,046,229
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 57,678
% married among women who gave birth 53.9%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 46.1%
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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 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
Average family size 4
U.S. Born
Average household size 3
Average family size 3
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 1,024,540
Only native parent(s)
944,966
One or more foreign-born parents
79,574

Child is native

64,349

Child is foreign born

15,225
Children under age 6 with 343,700
Only native parent(s)
314,279
One or more foreign-born parents
29,421

Child is native

27,340

Child is foreign born

2,081
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 680,840
Only native parent(s)
630,687
One or more foreign-born parents
50,153

Child is native

37,009

Child is foreign born

13,144
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.

503,212
Only native parents 459,273
One or more foreign-born parents 43,939
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.8%
Child is native 6.3%
Child is foreign born 1.5%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 91.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.6%
Child is native 8.0%
Child is foreign born 0.6%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.4%
Child is native 5.4%
Child is foreign born 1.9%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 91.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.7%
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 the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2018 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, Sarah Flood, Ronald Goeken, Josiah Grover, Erin Meyer, Jose Pacas, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) USA: Version 8.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2018. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V8.0.

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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 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.