Tips for Buying Land in Louisiana

by : Art Gib

As early as 1803, Louisiana was an important region because of its ports and waterways but national security was also a factor that drove President Thomas Jefferson to purchase the region. If you are looking for land in Louisiana today though, there are other factors to consider before you start looking for property.

One of the most important factors to consider when you are buying land in Louisiana is its topography. After all, Louisiana is one of the lowest elevated states in the country and flooding is a common concern. Part of the reason for its low elevation is that it is completely locate in the Coastal Gulf Plain. And, with the Mississippi delta at the toe of the boot, the southern region is even lower. Consequently, several places in New Orleans are as much as 8 feet below sea level. Even the highest point in the state, on Driskill "Mountain," is only 535 ft. above sea level. If you are looking for higher ground, the hilly northeast and northwest sides of the state are about as elevated as you can get.

On the other hand, some of the lowest elevation points are also the most populated and productive areas in the state. Levee systems and other drainage devices help protect residents and properties in these areas and, even though water can lead to flooding, it is also a good resource for transportation and farming industries. For example, ports play an important role in moving goods and bolstering the economy. And, since much of Louisiana sits in alluvial plains, the soil is rich and moist. These conditions are ideal for the state's thriving agriculture.

Another factor to consider is the climate. As far as temperature goes, Louisiana enjoys a subtropical climate with hot summers and short, mild winters. If you enjoy being warm and you don't mind humidity, it could be the perfect fit for your tastes. If you need a little reprise from the heat, the southern part of the state is actually cooler in the summer because of coastal breezes. As far as cultural climate is concerned, Louisiana is one of the most diverse places in the nation. For example, Cajun, Creole, Irish, German immigrants have all settled in the area and much of the Spanish and French culture from early settlers remains. This blend of cultures has left a distinct mark on the cuisine in Louisiana.

And finally, you need to consider the amount of land you are looking for. Fortunately, Louisiana land for sale can come in all shapes and sizes. You can buy a little as one acre or as much as 1,000 acres. Of course, features like development potential and location will have huge influences on the price.