Louisiana Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Louisiana, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Louisiana

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Louisiana based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 70124 Orleans Parish $146,831.00
2 70503 Lafayette Parish $136,913.00
3 71407 Grant Parish $135,957.00
4 70783 Pointe Coupee Parish $133,406.00
5 70810 East Baton Rouge Parish $133,167.00
6 70447 St. Tammany Parish $131,473.00
7 70734 Ascension Parish $129,149.00
8 70115 Orleans Parish $126,170.00
9 70030 Lafourche Parish, St. Charles Parish $125,074.00
10 70817 East Baton Rouge Parish $123,577.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Louisiana.

Richest Cities in Louisiana

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Louisiana. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Louisiana by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 District 2 Plaquemines Parish $152,872.00
2 District 4 St. Tammany Parish $129,528.00
3 District 9 East Baton Rouge Parish $128,388.00
4 District 4 Ascension Parish $127,797.00
5 District 8 Calcasieu Parish $127,428.00
6 District 7 Ascension Parish $125,210.00
7 District 9 Caddo Parish $125,085.00
8 District 1 St. Tammany Parish $124,824.00
9 Mandeville St. Tammany Parish $124,624.00
10 District 3 St. Charles Parish $123,702.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Louisiana.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Louisiana is $50,800.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Louisiana.

  • Under 25
    $29,032.00
  • 25 to 44
    $60,800.00
  • 45 to 64
    $62,999.00
  • 65 and over
    $40,352.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Louisiana?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Louisiana is $73,759.00.

5.67% of households in Louisiana are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Louisiana but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Louisiana

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Louisiana easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    25.30%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    21.94%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    16.14%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    11.37%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    13.73%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    5.85%
  • $200,000 or more
    5.67%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Louisiana. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Louisiana by the total number of people in Louisiana.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Louisiana and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Louisiana is $29,522.00.

Population in Louisiana by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Louisiana is currently 4,664,616 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Louisiana can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Louisiana.

  • 57.80% White
    2,693,832
  • 31.70% Black/African American
    1,475,549
  • 0.50% Native
    21,492
  • 5.30% Hispanic
    248,782
  • 1.70% Asian
    79,562
  • 0.00% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    2,017
  • 2.60% Two or more races
    119,106
  • 0.40% Other
    16,965

Population of Louisiana by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Louisiana is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 304,546 293,670
10 to 19 Years 317,944 301,582
20 to 29 Years 316,412 313,347
30 to 39 Years 319,378 325,063
40 to 49 Years 273,177 278,894
50 to 59 Years 289,016 303,594
60 to 69 Years 259,546 287,781
70 Years and over 203,542 269,813

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Louisiana.

  • Master's degree or higher
    11.05%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28.20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9.94%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    47.67%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3.14%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Louisiana because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Louisiana look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Louisiana that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Louisiana that are over the age of 16 is 3,679,521 people.

The unemployment rate in Louisiana is 40.80%, which means 1,499,812 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Louisiana

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Louisiana. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Louisiana is 37.4 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Louisiana

37.4

Total

36.3

Male

38.5

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 1,748,688 households in Louisiana, and the average household size is 2.59 people.

For families, the total number is 1,115,692, and the average family size is 3.28 people.

14.00% of those families in Louisiana are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Louisiana in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Louisiana for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 754,049 89,443 272,200 632,996
Average Household Size 3.24 3.4 3.71 1.23
Total Families 754,049 89,443 272,200 0
Average Household Size 3.21 3.03 3.54 0

Housing Data in Louisiana

There are total of 2,066,323 housing units in Louisiana. Of those units, 1,748,688 (84.63%) are occupied, and 317,635 (15.37%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 2,066,323 housing units in Louisiana, 523,309 (25.33%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $923.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 56.42% of housing units, with 1,165,858 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Louisiana.

  • No rent paid
    59,521
  • Less than $500
    62,215
  • $500 to $999
    247,179
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    159,453
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    39,746
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    10,279
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    2,229
  • $3,000 or more
    2,208

Property Values

The median value of a property in Louisiana is $174,000.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Louisiana.

  • Less than $50,000
    126,827
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    161,840
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    174,273
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    217,539
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    257,286
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    162,161
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    53,929
  • $1,000,000 or more
    12,003

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Louisiana.

  • 1939 or earlier
    134,514
  • 1940 to 1949
    83,283
  • 1950 to 1959
    186,695
  • 1960 to 1969
    250,210
  • 1970 to 1979
    364,705
  • 1980 to 1989
    299,071
  • 1990 to 1999
    260,282
  • 2000 to 2009
    294,877
  • 2010 to 2013
    188,045
  • 2014 or later
    4,641

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Louisiana has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    144,906
  • 1 vehicle available
    642,075
  • 2 vehicles available
    654,269
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    307,438

Commuting to Work in Louisiana

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Louisiana, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 25.9 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Louisiana.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    59,262
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    189,627
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    278,395
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    328,263
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    274,117
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    110,479
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    255,682
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    46,096
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    55,331
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    132,108
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    98,478
  • 90 or more minutes
    58,507

We can also look at the means of transport in Louisiana to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    1,614,844
  • Carpooled
    177,241
  • Public transportation
    20,647
  • Walked
    36,430
  • Other means
    37,183
  • Worked from home
    105,013

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Louisiana.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Louisiana.

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