A profile of Louisiana, which holds its presidential primary Saturday:

NUMBERS

Population: 4,574,836

AGE

Median age: 35.8

Percentage of population 65 and over: 12.3 percent

RACE

62.6 percent white, 32 percent black, 1.5 percent Asian, 4.2 percent Hispanic

LANGUAGE

Language other than English spoken at home: 8.7 percent

EDUCATION

High school graduate: 81.5 percent.

Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.9 percent

MONEY

Median household income: $43,445

People below poverty level: 18.1 percent

Homeownership rate: 68.2 percent

2008 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS

John McCain, 59 percent

Barack Obama, 40 percent

REGISTERED VOTERS

Republican, 27 percent

Democratic, 49 percent

Undeclared or other party, 24 percent

LOUISIANA FACTS

_Louisiana's economy is heavily dependent on energy and forest products industries.

_State and federal authorities are attempting to address a coastal erosion problem that has seen Louisiana lose approximately 1,880 square miles since the 1930s.


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