Louisiana marks sixth straight year of population growth

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - For the sixth consecutive year, Louisiana has experienced net population in-migration, with more people moving into Louisiana than leaving the state.

Louisiana now has more jobs, more people, and higher incomes than any point in the state’s history.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest measure of population patterns continues a healthy trend for Louisiana after the state experienced a quarter-century of migration losses with more people leaving Louisiana than moving into the state for 25 years in a row.

According to the Census report, Louisiana gained more than 4,200 people through net migration for the year ending July 1, 2013. For each of the past six years, more people have moved into Louisiana than have left the state, helping build a population growth rate for Louisiana that was 15.5 percent faster than that of the U.S. overall during that time period.

Louisiana’s total population has climbed to 4,625,470 and the latest Census estimate now exceeds Louisiana’s population in July 2005 – before the 2005 hurricanes – by more than 48,000 people. These results are consistent with Louisiana’s recent economic performance, which has significantly exceeded that of the South and the U.S. since early 2008.

Louisiana's population now stands at an all-time high, with higher employment than at any previous time in the state’s history.