Contemporary usage has broadened the meaning of Louisiana Creoles to describe a broad cultural group of people of all races who share a French and Spanish background.
Today, the Parish of Avoyelles probably has one of the largest percentages of French Creole descendants in its population, according to Texas and the Gulf Coastal Plains regions near the Louisiana border have a Cajun/Creole influence.
Most remaining Creole lexemes have drifted into popular culture.
Traditional French Creole is spoken among those families determined to keep the language alive or in regions below New Orleans around St. John Parishes where German immigrants originally settled (also known as 'the German Coast', or La Côte des Allemands) and cultivated the land, keeping the ill-equipped French Colonists from starvation during the Colonial Period and adopting commonly spoken French and Creole French (arriving with the exiles) as a language of trade.
However, the Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana is more like Cajun culture than Creole culture of New Orleans.
Though the land areas overlap around New Orleans and down river, Cajun culture and language extend westward all along the southern coast of Louisiana, concentrating in areas southwest of New Orleans around Lafayette, and as far as Crowley, Abbeville and into the rice belt of Louisiana nearer Lake Charles and the Texas border.