Louisiana is the 31st largest state in the U.S. in terms of total area, though with a population of 4.6 million residents (good for 25th in the U.S.) the state’s population density ranks 24th in the nation. Louisiana is unique in that it is the only state in the country to be organized by parishes instead of counties, though functionally they are exactly the same. Baton Rouge is the state’s capital, though New Orleans is easily the largest city in Louisiana. New Orleans in particular played a major part in the growth and development of the state; as a port city that has exchanged ownership quite a few times, many different cultures are represented in the culture of not just the city but the entire state and surrounding region.
Major interstates abound in Louisiana due mainly to how far south New Orleans, the state’s largest city, is situated. Major north-south interstates include I-49, I-55 and I-59, while east-west interstates include I-10, I-12 and I-20. These interstate roadways make it easier for auto shippers to move freight into and out of the state, and with many auxiliary interstates servicing several major metropolitan areas including New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, auto transport prices during much of the year are relatively low when compared to other parts of the country.
During the summer months average daily highs typically reach into the low-to-mid 90’s, though triple-digit temperatures are not entirely unheard of. Thunderstorms are common during the summer months, though during the late summer and into the fall hurricane season can play a major role in raising auto transport prices to and from Louisiana. Into the winter months prices are not as bad as other areas of the country, mainly because of the fact that snow is relatively uncommon and as hurricane season passes auto shippers are not as wary of the area.
Louisiana is rich in both petroleum and natural gas, and its abundance plays a major role in the state’s economy, employing 58,000 Louisianans. 80% of all offshore oil drilling occurs off the coast of Louisiana. New Orleans and Shreveport are known as the “Hollywood South” due to their popularity as filming locations. Agriculture and seafood also plays a major role in the state’s economy, though after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill much of the state’s seafood production was tainted by oil that had begun to seep from the broken oil rig. All told over 500,000 tonnes of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico over an 87 day period.
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