Cities in Louisiana

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This page contains a list of cities in Louisiana, and other information about local governments.

Louisiana allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 64 total counties in Louisiana. Of those 64:[1]

There are 303 total municipalities in Louisiana. Of those 303, 272 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 31 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Louisiana consists of:

  • Parishes: Parishes are Louisiana's equivalent to counties in most states. Parishes can have various forms of governments including police jury, parish commission, and consolidated parish/city. These divisions have different sub-types and different rules for petition and establishment.[2]
  • Cities: Any municipality that has a population of 5,000 or more is a city.
  • Towns: Any municipality that has a population of less than 5,000 but more than 1,000 is a town.
  • Villages: Any municipality that has a population of less than 1,000 is a village. These divisions are made in Louisiana Statutes RS 33:341.[3]
  • In addition, there are 97 special districts and 69 independent school districts.[4]

State Statutes establish the right and the process for all Counties and all municipalities to request and adopt a Home Rule Charter.[5]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Louisiana
  • The power and process of petitioning for the amendment of charters is mandated by State Law for all 23 Home rule counties and all 31 Home rule cities, towns, and villages.
  • Approximately 15 charted counties out the 23 total had explicit provisions for initiative and referendum for ordinances in their charters.
  • Approximately 15 charted cities, towns and villages out of the 31 total had explicit provisions for initiative and referendum for ordinances in their charters.[6]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Louisiana
City[7] Population City Type Next election
New Orleans 360,740 Charter as consolidated city-parish
Baton Rouge 230,139 Charter as consolidated city-parish
Shreveport 200,975 Charter Special Election
Lafayette 122,130 Charter as consolidated city-parish Special Election
Lake Charles 72,475 Charter No I&R
Kenner 66,715 Charter No I&R
Bossier City 62,745 Charter Special Election
Monroe 49,183 Charter N/A
Alexandria 48,164 Charter Special Election
Houma 33,745 Charter as consolidated city-parish

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As of the 2010 Census, there are 303 incorporated cities and towns in Louisiana. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[8]

See also

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