|Official language(s)||de jure: none
de facto: English & French
|Largest city||New Orleans|
|- Total||51,885 sq mi
|- Width||130 miles (210 km)|
|- Length||379 miles (610 km)|
|- % water||16|
|- Latitude||29°N to 33°N|
|- Longitude||89°W to 94°W|
|Number of people||Ranked 25nd|
|- Total (2010)||4,533,372|
|- Density||104.9/sq mi
|Height above sea level|
|- Highest point||Driskill Mountain
535 ft (163 m)
|- Average||98 ft (30 m)|
|- Lowest point||New Orleans
-8 ft (-2 m)
|Became part of the U.S.||April 30, 1812 (18th)|
|Governor||Bobby Jindal (R)|
|U.S. Senators||Mary Landrieu (D)
David Vitter (R)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Louisiana (pronounced /lōō-ē'zē-ăn'ə/) is a state in the Southern United States of America. It had a population of about 4,533,372 people in 2010. The state has a total area of about 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km2). Louisiana is the 25th largest state by population and the 31th largest state by area. Louisiana is also known by its nickname, The Pelican State. The land that would become Louisiana was bought in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Louisiana became a state on April 30, 1812. It was the 18th state to become part of the United States. The people who live in the state are known as Louisianans. The state's capital is Baton Rouge, and its largest city is New Orleans.
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