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State Demographics Data - LA

Louisiana

Demographics & Social
2019
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 196,575
% Foreign Born 4.2%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2019 69.6%
% change: 1990-2000 32.6%
Race (%)  
One race 98.0%
White
49.6%
Black or African American
5.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
Asian
25.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
16.3%
Two or more races 2.0%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 100,733
% Latino 51.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.2%
5-17 7.5%
18-64 77.1%
65 and older 14.2%
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 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 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.

40.7
Gender (% female) 48.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 24.7%
Married 59.2%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 16.1%

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 4,452,219
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 2.3%
% change: 1990-2000 5.3%
Race (%)  
One race 98.0%
White 62.4%
Black or African American 33.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6%
Asian 0.7%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.8%
Two or more races 2.0%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 149,470
% Latino 3.4%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.5%
5-17 17.5%
18-64 60.0%
65 and older 16.0%
Median Age 37.5
Gender (% female) 51.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 36.7%
Married 42.0%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.3%
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.

196,575
Born in Africa 5,859
Born in Asia 62,759
Born in Europe 16,160
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 108,793
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,509
Born in Oceania 495
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.

 
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.

196,575
Europe 16,160
Northern Europe 4,034
United Kingdom
2,866
Ireland
478
Other Northern Europe
690
Western Europe 5,742
France
910
Germany
3,949
Other Western Europe
883
Southern Europe 947
Italy
409
Portugal
N
Other Southern Europe
538
Eastern Europe 5,437
Poland
307
Russia
1,132
Other Eastern Europe
3,998
Other Europe (no country specified) N
Asia 62,759
Eastern Asia 11,729
China
8,133

China, excluding Taiwan

7,791

Taiwan

342
Japan
2,057
Korea
1,522
Other Eastern Asia
17
South Central Asia 13,722
India
8,641
Iran
908
Other South Central Asia
4,173
Southeastern Asia 29,162
Philippines
3,554
Vietnam
21,557
Other Southeastern Asia
4,051
Western Asia 6,586
Israel
1,199
Lebanon
446
Other Western Asia
4,941
Other Asia (no country specified) 1,560
Africa 5,859
Eastern Africa 2,300
Northern Africa
790
Western Africa
1,406
Middle and Southern Africa
595
Other Africa (no country specified)
768
Oceania 495
Australia and New Zealand subregion 417
Oceania (no country specified) 78
Americas 111,302
Latin America 108,793
Caribbean
17,180

Cuba

10,123

Jamaica

1,066

Other Caribbean

5,991
Central America
83,019

Mexico

26,781

El Salvador

4,812

Other Central America

51,426
South America
8,594

Brazil

1,785

Colombia

1,584

Other South America

5,225
Northern America 2,509
Canada
2,509
Other Northern America
N
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 51,804
1990-1999 28,727
2000-2009 46,339
Since 2010 69,705
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 3.0%
Born in Asia 31.9%
Born in Europe 8.2%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 55.3%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.3%
Born in Oceania 0.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 8.2%
Northern Europe 2.1%
United Kingdom 1.5%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 2.9%
France 0.5%
Germany 2.0%
Other Western Europe 0.4%
Southern Europe 0.5%
Italy 0.2%
Portugal N
Other Southern Europe 0.3%
Eastern Europe 2.8%
Poland 0.2%
Russia 0.6%
Other Eastern Europe 2.0%
Other Europe (no country specified) N
Asia 31.9%
Eastern Asia 6.0%
China 4.1%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.0%
Taiwan 0.2%
Japan 1.0%
Korea 0.8%
Other Eastern Asia N
South Central Asia 7.0%
India 4.4%
Iran 0.5%
Other South Central Asia 2.1%
Southeastern Asia 14.8%
Philippines 1.8%
Vietnam 11.0%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.1%
Western Asia 3.4%
Israel 0.6%
Lebanon 0.2%
Other Western Asia 2.5%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.8%
Africa 3.0%
Eastern Africa 1.2%
Northern Africa 0.4%
Western Africa 0.7%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.3%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.4%
Oceania 0.3%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) N
Americas 56.6%
Latin America 55.3%
Caribbean 8.7%
Cuba 5.1%
Jamaica 0.5%
Other Caribbean 3.0%
Central America 42.2%
Mexico 13.6%
El Salvador 2.4%
Other Central America 26.2%
South America 4.4%
Brazil 0.9%
Colombia 0.8%
Other South America 2.7%
Northern America 1.3%
Canada 1.3%
Other Northern America N
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 26.4%
1980-1989 14.6%
1990-1999 23.6%
Since 2000 35.5%
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 196,575
Naturalized citizens 81,975
Noncitizens 114,600
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 81,975
Before 1990 22,966
1990-1999 17,231
2000-2009 19,925
2010-2014 12,588
Since 2015 9,265
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 41.7%
Noncitizens 58.3%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 28.0%
1980-1989 21.0%
1990-1999 24.3%
2000-2009 15.4%
Since 2010 11.3%
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) 55,849
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 3,460
% married among women who gave birth
65.8%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
34.2%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,038,781
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 54,532
% married among women who gave birth 50.2%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 49.8%
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 U.S Census Bureau’s pooled 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 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 3.08
Average family size 3.80
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.57
Average family size 3.24
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 age 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau has excluded 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 1,006,931
Only native parent(s)
926,719
One or more foreign-born parents
80,212

Child is native

67,104

Child is foreign born

13,108
Children under age 6 with 332,717
Only native parent(s)
304,651
One or more foreign-born parents
28,066

Child is native

25,605

Child is foreign born

2,461
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 674,214
Only native parent(s)
622,068
One or more foreign-born parents
52,146

Child is native

41,499

Child is foreign born

10,647
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau has excluded 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.

461,999
Only native parents 420,229
One or more foreign-born parents 41,770
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.0%
Child is native 6.7%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 91.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.4%
Child is native 7.7%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.7%
Child is native 6.2%
Child is foreign born 1.6%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 91.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 9.0%
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, 2019 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. IPUMS USA: Version 10.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2020. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V10.0.

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, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 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 has 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.