List of Louisiana metropolitan areas

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The U.S. state of Louisiana has a total of nine Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Thirty (30) of Louisiana's sixty-four (64) parishes are classified as metropolitan. As of the 2010 census, these parishes had a combined population of 3,340,667 (74.8% of the state's population). Based on a July 1, 2009, population estimate, that figure had increased to 3,356,913 (74.7% of the state's population).[1]

The following table lists Louisiana's metropolitan areas, ranked by population as of February 1, 2013.

urban Area Parishes Population
1 46 New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner (7); Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany 1,189,981
(see note)
2 66 Baton Rouge (9); Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana 786,947
3 130 Shreveport–Bossier City (3); Bossier, Caddo, De Soto 391,516
4 172 Lafayette (2); Lafayette, St. Martin 273,738
5 204 Houma–Bayou Cane–Thibodaux (2); Lafourche, Terrebonne 209,001
6 217 Lake Charles (2); Calcasieu, Cameron 199,607
7 229 Monroe (2); Ouachita, Union 176,441
8 255 Alexandria (2); Grant, Rapides 153,922
9 NA Hammond (1); Tangipahoa 121,097
Note: The New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner was significantly affected by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 which resulted in a significant loss of population.
Louisiana parishes classified as part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area from 1950 to the present.