Louisiana is known for its Cajun food and jazz music. New Orleans was the biggest city until the Hurricane Katrina hit. The population tumbled after the storm, but is growing again as the city rebuilds itself. Due to the hurricane, nearby real estate markets creating are hot and in high demand.
The population of Louisiana in 2005 was 4.5 million people. Just over 1 million of those people live in rural areas. In 2000, there were 1.84 million housing units across the state. The median value of occupied structures was $85,000.