Capital: Vientiane

Population: 7,234,171 (July 2018 est.)

There are over 100 ethnic groups in Laos:
Lao 53%,
Khmou 11%,
Hmong 9%,
Other ethnic groups 27%
(2015 est.)

Laotian Diaspora in the U.S.
According to the 2010 Census Bureau, there are about over 200,000 ethnic Lao in America.

California: 58,424
Texas: 13,298
Minnesota: 10,065
Washington: 9,333
Colorado: 7,434
Tennessee: 6,336
Illinois: 5,822
North Carolina: 5,566
Georgia: 5,560
Florida: 4,896
Oregon: 4,692

Sources: CIA World Factbook

About Laos

The Lao People's Democratic Republic, or Laos, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia.

Laos traces its history back to the 14th century to the Lan Xang Hom Khao Kingdom, which means “the Land of a Million Elephants.”

Laos came under French rule in1893 and gained its independence in 1949. Shortly after, Laos faced internal conflicts, and began a civil war between the Communist Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao Government.

The CIA began covert operations in Laos, also known as the “Secret War in Laos.” Between 1964 - 1973, the U.S. dropped over 2 million tons of bombs in Laos, in order to fight off the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese Army. Because of this, Laos has become the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world.

Today, despite being a popular tourist destination, Laos remains one of poorest countries in Asia.