Covering an area of 135,658 sq. km, the State of Louisiana is located in the Gulf Coast (Deep South) region of the South-Central United States.
As observed on the map, from central Louisiana to its northern border with Arkansas, the landscape of the state elevates very slowly. Here, the rolling hills are crisscrossed by the Red River, as it flows through the state from the northwest to southeast direction. Pointed on the map by an upright yellow triangle is the state’s highest point – Driskill Mountain which rises to an elevation of 535ft (163m) and is located in north-western Louisiana.
The Mississippi River Delta is covered by silt deposited by the Mississippi River as it slows down and enters the Gulf of Mexico. This process continually and slowly extends Louisiana's land further into the Gulf. As the map shows, the Delta and the resulting bayous and swamps cover the majority of Southern Louisiana. The sea level salt marshes stretch along much of the State’s constantly-changing Gulf of Mexico coastline and also extend inland for up to 25 miles in some spots. Subsequently, these salt marshes provide a fertile breeding area for the crabs, fishes, and shrimps. Both New Orleans and Baton Rouge are located in this region on the banks of the river. From these salt marshes, the land gently rises into a wide coastal plain (or prairies) with a few rolling hills to the east and west.
In addition to the massive Mississippi River system, other rivers of the State include, the Atchafalaya, Ouachita, Pearl, Red, and Sabine. The State’s Lakes include the Charles, Grand, Pontchartrain, Sabine and White, and the Toledo Bend Reservoir. Pointed on the map by an inverted yellow triangle is, Louisiana’s lowest point that is situated along the Mississippi River in the city of New Orleans, where the land lies at (-9ft) below sea level.
The State of Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes. In alphabetical order, these parishes are: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, La Salle, Lafayette, Lafourche, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Saint Bernard, Saint Charles, Saint Helena, Saint James, Saint Landry, Saint Martin, Saint Mary, Saint Tammany, St John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, West Feliciana, Winn.
With an area of 135,658 sq. km, the State of Louisiana is the 19th smallest and the 25th most populous state in the USA. Located in the East Baton Rouge Parish, along the eastern shores of the Mississippi River is Baton Rouge – the capital and the second-largest city in Louisiana. It also serves as a political hub and an industrial center of the state. Situated in southeastern Louisiana, along the Mississippi River is New Orleans – the largest and the most populous city in Louisiana. It also serves as a major port, cultural, commercial, and economic hub of the state as well as the Gulf Coast region of the United States.
The State of Louisiana is located in the Gulf Coast (Deep South) region of the South-Central United States. Louisiana shares its borders with the State of Texas in the west, with Arkansas in the north, and with Mississippi in the east. It is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico in the south.
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|Legal Name||State of Louisiana|
|ISO 3166 Code||US-LA|
|Capital City||Baton Rouge|
This page was last updated on February 25, 2021