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     Louisiana Fact Book: 2011 Edition

How Do We Measure Up…How Far Do We Have to Go


This is the fifth edition of CABL’s Louisiana Fact Book. Since our first publication came out in 2003, we have distributed tens of thousands of copies to state leaders, policymakers and citizens around the state. Thousands more have downloaded copies online.

Its popularity stems from a simple premise. People need good information -- data -- to make good decisions. This is a book full of data -- about our state and our communities. While many of the individual statistics may be interesting or revealing, this is more than just a collection of numbers. It's a picture of our state which, when viewed as a whole, shows us where we stand. It points to the challenges we face and the foundations upon which we can build.

We hope citizens will use the Louisiana Fact Book as a tool to measure our progress, hold our elected officials accountable for results and make good decisions for our future. The noted American educator John Dewey once said, "We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts." Here they are.

Hardcopies can be obtained free of charge by calling 225-344-2225 or emailing