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Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
225,362
Baton Rouge Population7
$
40,448
Median Income6
8.6
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Baton Rouge's aged 15- to 19-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 20%, whereas the average population in that segment only declined by 4%

Age

31.2
Median Age7
-1.7
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Baton Rouge residents are mostly Black; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the Black community has shrunk by 1.0% since 2010, while the white community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 10.4%

Race

58.8
%
Louisiana Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Baton Rouge has very high humidity, heavy rainfall, and few cold days, which is partially due to being situated near sea level. The average humidity is 74%, the annual rainfall is 61 inches, and the temperature drops to 32°F or below only 20 days per year

Weather

31
%
Chance of Rain11
58
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature38

 

Housing

The average home value in Baton Rouge increased by 4% since 2010 which is 38% lower than the national average and 9% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,200
Monthly Average12
51
%
Renters39

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Baton Rouge is a low tax location with income tax 26% lower than the national average and property tax 52% lower than the national average, but sales tax 38% higher than the national average.

Other

0.53
%
Property Tax21
9.45
%
Sales Tax19
0.1
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)40

 

Employment

Baton Rouge has a very low employment rate of 91% which is 2% lower than the national average. The largest employers are Amedisys and State of Louisiana

Income

25.6
%
<$25,0006
12.1
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Baton Rouge is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results42

Representatives

Mayor28 Sharon Weston Broome
Democratic
House of Representative28 Garret Graves
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, is 51.6 miles from the center of Baton Rouge, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, is 74.4 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Ochsner Medical Center, is 69.9 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 No
 

Safety

In Louisiana, 52.3% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, but gun ownership has marginally increased from 2000 when 50.5% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Fun Facts

  • Home to the second-largest indoor carousel in the world
  • A pair of Native American cultural mounds that are believed to be at least 5,000 years old, making it the oldest surviving man-made structure in the United States and possibly the world
  • The only tiger living on a college campus in the United States
 

Top Destinations

  • There are underground tunnels beneath the LSU campus, including some that connect the Governor’s Mansion to Tiger Stadium. Contrary to urban myths that say that they built as nuclear fallout shelters or shortcuts for the Governor, they were actually built to distribute steam throughout the campus33
  • "Baton Rouge" is French for "Red Stick". In 1699, a stick from a cypress tree stained red from the blood of animals was used as a dividing line between the Houma and Bayou Goula hunting grounds. A commemorative stick in the same spot (now on the campus of Southern University) stands tall to pay homage to how the city got its name34
 

Recognition

#81 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub31
#84 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades32
 

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