Louisiana is the 37th largest state in the United States. The state is notable for its large amount of wetlands and deltas formed as the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana is also the only state in the Union to term its political subdivisions as parishes.
Louisiana has a large agricultural element in its economy and also produces coal, petroleum, and paper products. Louisiana ports on the Gulf of Mexico handle some of the largest shipping volumes in the Western Hemisphere. Beach and Gulf tourism is a major part of Louisiana’s tourist industry.
Most of Louisiana’s population can be found in the southeast “boot” with some concentrations in the north around Monroe, Shreveport, and Alexandria.