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State Demographics Data - LA

Louisiana

Demographics & Social
2012
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 168,152
% Foreign Born 3.7%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2012 45.1%
% change: 1990-2000 32.6%
Race (%)  
One race 97.4%
White
48.9%
Black or African American
7.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native
1.0%
Asian
26.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.5%
Other race
13.6%
Two or more races 2.6%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 83,502
% Latino 49.7%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.3%
5-17 5.7%
18-64 82.5%
65 and older 11.5%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and data for North Dakota and Wyoming are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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.

39.9
Gender (% female) 47.4%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 31.3%
Married 53.3%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 15.4%

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 4,433,741
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 1.9%
% change: 1990-2000 5.3%
Race (%)  
One race 98.3%
White 63.4%
Black or African American 33.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5%
Asian 0.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.6%
Two or more races 1.7%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 124,134
% Latino 2.8%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 7.0%
5-17 18.0%
18-64 61.9%
65 and older 13.0%
Median Age 35.7
Gender (% female) 51.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 34.6%
Married 43.3%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 22.1%
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.

168,152
Born in Africa 5,348
Born in Asia 53,246
Born in Europe 14,691
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 91,648
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,415
Born in Oceania 804
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.

168,152
Europe 14,691
Northern Europe 4,280
United Kingdom
3,714
Ireland
306
Other Northern Europe
260
Western Europe 5,216
France
941
Germany
3,702
Other Western Europe
573
Southern Europe 1,137
Italy
548
Portugal
183
Other Southern Europe
406
Eastern Europe 4,058
Poland
302
Russia
1,587
Other Eastern Europe
2,169
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 53,246
Eastern Asia 13,037
China
8,766

China, excluding Taiwan

7,320

Taiwan

1,446
Japan
1,268
Korea
3,003
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 10,510
India
4,871
Iran
1,430
Other South Central Asia
4,209
Southeastern Asia 25,846
Philippines
4,695
Vietnam
18,097
Other Southeastern Asia
3,054
Western Asia 3,436
Israel
335
Lebanon
385
Other Western Asia
2,716
Other Asia (no country specified) 417
Africa 5,348
Eastern Africa 1,460
Northern Africa
1,030
Western Africa
2,237
Middle and Southern Africa
536
Other Africa (no country specified)
85
Oceania 804
Australia and New Zealand subregion 310
Oceania (no country specified) 494
Americas 94,063
Latin America 91,648
Caribbean
12,763

Cuba

4,836

Jamaica

787

Other Caribbean

7,140
Central America
69,706

Mexico

28,324

El Salvador

5,530

Other Central America

35,852
South America
9,179

Brazil

2,881

Colombia

1,272

Other South America

5,026
Northern America 2,415
Canada
2,415
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 55,259
1990-1999 37,479
2000-2009 58,641
Since 2010 16,773
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 3.2%
Born in Asia 31.7%
Born in Europe 8.7%
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) 1.4%
Born in Oceania 0.5%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 16.8%
Country #2 10.8%
Country #3 4.4%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 8.7%
Northern Europe 2.5%
United Kingdom 2.2%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.2%
Western Europe 3.1%
France 0.6%
Germany 2.2%
Other Western Europe 0.3%
Southern Europe 0.7%
Italy 0.3%
Portugal 0.1%
Other Southern Europe 0.2%
Eastern Europe 2.4%
Poland 0.2%
Russia 0.9%
Other Eastern Europe 1.3%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 31.7%
Eastern Asia 7.8%
China 5.2%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.4%
Taiwan 0.9%
Japan 0.8%
Korea 1.8%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 6.3%
India 2.9%
Iran 0.9%
Other South Central Asia 2.5%
Southeastern Asia 15.4%
Philippines 2.8%
Vietnam 10.8%
Other Southeastern Asia 1.8%
Western Asia 2.0%
Israel 0.2%
Lebanon 0.2%
Other Western Asia 1.6%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.2%
Africa 3.2%
Eastern Africa 0.9%
Northern Africa 0.6%
Western Africa 1.3%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.3%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.1%
Oceania 0.5%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.3%
Americas 55.9%
Latin America 54.5%
Caribbean 7.6%
Cuba 2.9%
Jamaica 0.5%
Other Caribbean 4.2%
Central America 41.5%
Mexico 16.8%
El Salvador 3.3%
Other Central America 21.3%
South America 5.5%
Brazil 1.7%
Colombia 0.8%
Other South America 3.0%
Northern America 1.4%
Canada 1.4%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 32.9%
1980-1989 22.3%
1990-1999 34.9%
Since 2000 10.0%
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 168,152
Naturalized citizens 68,053
Noncitizens 100,099
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 68,053
Before 1980 12,287
1980-1989 10,209
1990-1999 14,969
2000-2009 23,101
Since 2010 7,487
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 40.5%
Noncitizens 59.5%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 18.1%
1980-1989 15.0%
1990-1999 22.0%
2000-2009 33.9%
Since 2010 11.0%
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) 48,428
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 2,717
% married among women who gave birth
72.1%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
27.9%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,073,316
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 55,264
% married among women who gave birth 48.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 51.3%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and data for North Dakota and Wyoming are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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 3.05
Average family size 3.6
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.58
Average family size 3.22
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. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents.

 
Children under age 18 with 1,046,269
Only native parent(s)
985,098
One or more foreign-born parents
61,171

Child is native

53,379

Child is foreign born

7,792
Children under age 6 with 357,776
Only native parent(s)
334,390
One or more foreign-born parents
23,386

Child is native

22,753

Child is foreign born

633
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 688,493
Only native parent(s)
650,708
One or more foreign-born parents
37,785

Child is native

30,626

Child is foreign born

7,159
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

531,066
Only native parents 497,889
One or more foreign-born parents 33,177
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 94.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 5.8%
Child is native 5.1%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 93.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 6.5%
Child is native 6.4%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 94.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 5.5%
Child is native 4.4%
Child is foreign born 1.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 93.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 6.2%
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 the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2012 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from the 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 a number 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, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and North Dakota and Wyoming data are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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 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.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents.