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Cities in Louisiana

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Located in Southern United States, Louisiana is the 33rd most extensive and the 25th most populous state of the country. Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and the second largest city by population. As of 2016, the city had an estimated population of 227,715 inhabitants. New Orleans is the largest city of the state and had a population of 391,495 people. Shreveport and Lafayette are the other largest cities with populations of 194,920 and 127,626 people, respectively. Mound is the least populated with and had an estimated population of just 17 people, as of 2016. Covering an area of 169.42 square miles, New Orleans is the largest city by area. Napoleonville, which covers an area of 0.17 square miles, is the smallest city by area. Natchitoches, which was incorporated in 1712, was the first municipality to incorporate, while Central, which was incorporated in 2005, was the newest city to incorporate.

Cities in Louisiana

Cities in Louisiana

Nicknamed the ‘Bayou State’, Louisiana is located in southeastern United States. It is known for Creole and Cajun food, biological diversity, plantation homes, bayous, Mardi Gras celebrations, and Southern hospitality.

New Orleans, referred as “The Crescent City”, is known as the birthplace of jazz and its annual celebrations and festivals dating to French colonial times. Notable tourist attractions in the city’s historical French Quarter are include Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and a market. A veritable melting pot of different cultures, Baton Rouge is the state capital and the second-largest city in Louisiana.

Shreveport is the commercial center of the Ark-La-Tex region, where the state boundaries of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet. Metairie, Lafayette, Monroe, and Alexandria are other cities in Louisiana worth visiting.

Getting In and Around

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) are among the busiest airports in the state. Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, Sunset Limited, and Crescent traverse the state. Interstate Highways (I-10, I-49, and I-20) U.S. Highways (US 190, US 167, US 71, and US 165) pass through the state.

List of Cities in Louisiana

City Name Parish (County) Population (2010)
New Orleans Orleans 343,829
Baton Rouge East Baton Rouge 229,493
Shreveport Caddo 199,311
Lafayette Lafayette 120,623
Lake Charles Calcasieu 71,993
Kenner Jefferson 66,702
Bossier City Bossier 61,315
Monroe Ouachita 48,815
Alexandria Rapides 47,723
Houma Terrebonne 33,727
New Iberia Iberia 30,617
Slidell St. Tammany 27,068
Central East Baton Rouge 26,864
Ruston Lincoln 21,859
Sulphur Calcasieu 20,410
Hammond Tangipahoa 20,019
Gretna Jefferson 17,736
Opelousas St. Landry 16,634
Zachary East Baton Rouge 14,960
Thibodaux Lafourche 14,566
Pineville Rapides 14,555
Baker East Baton Rouge 13,895
Crowley Acadia 13,265
Minden Webster 13,082
West Monroe Ouachita 13,065
Morgan City St. Mary & St. Martin 12,404
Abbeville Vermilion 12,257
Bogalusa Washington 12,232
Mandeville St. Tammany 11,560
Bastrop Morehouse 11,365
DeRidder Beauregard 10,578
Fairview Alpha Natchitoches Or Red River 10,541
Eunice St. Landry 10,398
Jennings Jefferson Davis 10,383
Denham Springs Linvingston 10,215
Gonzales Ascension 9,781
Harahan Jefferson 9,277
Covington St. Tammany 8,765
Scott Lafayette 8,614
Westwego Jefferson 8,534
Broussard Lafayette & St. Martin 8,197
Breaux Bridge St. Martin 8,139
Youngsville Lafayette 8,105
Welcome St. James 8,000
Rayne Acadia 7,953
Franklin St. Mary 7,660
Carencro Lafayette 7,526
Donaldsonville Ascension 7,436
Ville Platte Evangeline 7,430
Tallulah Madison 7,335
Plaquemine Iberville 7,119
St. Gabriel Iberville 6,677
Leesville Vernon 6,612
Ponchatoula Tangipahoa 6,559
St. Martinville St. Martin 6,114
Patterson St. Mary 6,112
Marksville Avoyelles 5,702
Jeanerette Iberia 5,530
Springhill Webster 5,269
Port Allen West Baton Rouge 5,180
Mansfield Desoto 5,001
Grambling Lincoln 4,949
Winnsboro Franklin 4,910
Winnfield Winn 4,840
New Roads Pointe Coupee 4,831
Kaplan Vermilion 4,600
Westlake Calcasieu 4,568
Bunkie Avoyelles 4,171
DeQuincy Calcasieu 3,235

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