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Capital - Baton Rouge

Nickname. Pelican State.

Population ( 2010 census ) 4,533,372 -- rank, 21st state. Urban, 68.6%; rural, 31.4%. Persons per square mile, 87.3 (persons per square kilometer, 33.7)-- rank, 21st state.

Extent. Area, 48,523 square miles (125,674 square kilometers), including 3,989 square miles (10,331 square kilometers) of water surface (31st state in size).

Elevation. Highest, Driskill Mountain, 535 feet (163 meters), near Bienville; lowest, New Orleans, 5 feet (2 meters) below sea level; average, 100 feet (30 meters).

Geographic Center. 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Marksville.

Precipitation. At Alexandria -- annual average, 54.6 inches (1,387 millimeters). At New Orleans--annual average, 60.7 inches (1,542 millimeters). At Shreveport--annual average, 46.2 inches (1,173 millimeters).

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