Whether you are a potential homeowner looking for a lot for sale or a builder or developer seeking land for sale for your next project, the perfect property for you may be found in Louisiana. The Pelican state, located in the southern region of the U.S., is well known for its rich history and culture, heavily influenced by its French, Spanish, Native American and African heritage. The largest city is New Orleans, followed by Baton Rouge, which is also the capital of the state, then Shreveport, Metairie, Lafayette and Lake Charles. Louisiana has the distinction of being the only U.S. state with “parishes”, which are local governments similar to counties. East Baton Rouge is the largest parish by population and Cameron Parish is the largest by land area. The state also is diverse in its landscape, with the uplands of prairie and woodlands, and southern half defined by the alluvial, coast and swamp regions. The great Mississippi River traverses the state for 600 miles and then empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Residents and visitors enjoy camping and fishing in Northern Louisiana, or the wildlife in the 600,000-acre Kisatchie National Forest, home to many rare plant and animal species. Lake Pontchartrain contains a system of protected cypress swamps, with egrets, alligators and sturgeon, and the America’s Wetland Birding Trail winds through 22 of Louisiana’s parishes along the Gulf Coast. Louisiana offers a system of state parks, historic sites, including several 19th century forts and American Civil War sites. There also are a set of natural areas managed by the Nature Conservancy. Louisiana, with a humid subtropical climate, has long, hot and humid summers, followed by short, mild winters, thanks to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, Louisiana’s southern coast is one of the most rapidly-eroding areas in the world. Artificial levees, extensive logging, invasive canals and rising sea waters are among the causes for the rapidly disappearing coastal land mass. Louisiana also has been subjected to a number of significant hurricanes in its history, including Hurricane Katrina, which devastated southeastern Louisiana in 2008. But Louisiana is a state that is rich with natural and cultural resources, driving its economy and supporting a thriving tourism industry. Petroleum and natural gas deposits are found in abundance both on-shore and off-shore, and the oil industry accounts for a significant percentage of jobs in Louisiana. The state also is the biggest producer of crawfish in the world, accounting for 90% of the supply. Other agricultural products beyond seafood include, cotton, soybeans, cattle, sugarcane and poultry. The largest volume shipping port in the Western Hemisphere – and largest bulk cargo port in the world – is the Port of South Louisiana, found on the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Tourism and culture are key economic elements, especially in New Orleans, which is world-famous for its architecture, music, food and, of course, its Mardi Gras celebrations. Louisiana is host to several important cultural events, including the World Cultural Economic Forum, held in New Orleans’ Morial Convention Center each year. In recent years, Louisiana has been nicknamed “Hollywood South” due to its thriving film industry in New Orleans, Shreveport and Baton Rouge. Popular points of interest in Louisiana include: the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, the National World War II Museum, and the French Quarter – the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Professional sports enthusiasts in Louisiana enjoy supporting both the New Orleans Saints NFL team – Super Bowl XLIV Champions – and the New Orleans Pelicans (formerly New Orleans Hornets) NBA team. If you are seeking property in Louisiana, you will find a wide variety of choices from waterfront property for sale, lake property for sale, riverfront land for sale, oceanfront property for sale, golf-course lots for sale, vacant land for sale and even cheap land for sale.
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