Baton Rouge city, Louisiana

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Baton Rouge city, Louisiana

Baton Rouge city, Louisiana
Nickname(s):Red Stick, The Capital City, B.R.
Incorporated:16 January 1817
- Total:229.493 (2010)
- Density:2.942,2/sq mi (1.147,5/sq km)
Area code(s):225
Time zone:CST (UTC-6)
Summer Time zone:CDT (UTC-5)
- Total:80 sq mi (206 sq km)
- Land:78 sq mi (200 sq km)
- Water:3 sq mi (6 sq km)
- % water:2,91 %

Quick information summary of the Baton Rouge city area.

Baton Rouge city is located in the state of Louisiana. It occupies the area of 80 square miles. 3 square miles are water areas and 78 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Baton Rouge city lies at +30.4484535, -091.1258993 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 229.493 living in the Baton Rouge city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : Black or African American (54.54%), White (39.37%) and Asian (3.27%). Median age is 29 for the males and 32 for the females.

Baton Rouge is the capital and the second largest city in the US state of Louisiana. The city is located on the Mississippi River, in southeastern Louisiana. It is one of the most important centers of the South, especially in terms of research and industry, as well as transportation and distribution. The Port of Baton Rouge is one of the largest in the United States.

Baton Rouge is often called “Red Stick” (literal translation of the city’s French name). The city motto is “Authentic Louisiana at every turn.” One of the city symbols is the Istrouma Bluff, important as it always protected the city against natural disasters and presented a significant strategic point.

According to the 2010 US Census, Baton Rouge has a population of 229,553 and its metropolitan area (Greater Baton Rouge or “The Capital Area”) has 802,484 inhabitants. The city lies in the North American Central Time Zone (UTC-6).

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Statistical data for the Baton Rouge city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
90,34839.37 %
Black or African American alone
125,15554.54 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4860.21 %
Asian alone
7,5143.27 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
810.04 %
Some Other Race alone
2,9551.29 %
Two or More races
2,9541.29 %

Profile of the Baton Rouge city

History of Baton Rouge

It is believed that the Baton Rouge area was inhabited by indigenous peoples in 8000 BC. There are three Native American mounds in the city proper, built probably in 4500 BC. The first European contact with the area was probably in 1699, when a French explorer Sieur D’Iberville, travelling along the Mississippi River, found a red pole covered in animal blood that served as a boundary marker between the territories of Houma and Bayou Goula tribes. He called the area “le baton rouge” after the red pole or stick, and the name remained. The Indians called the area “Istrouma.”

The first settlement in the Baton Rouge area was a French military posto built in 1719. At the time, the real agricultural and economic center of French colonies in Louisiana was New Orleans. After the French, Baton Rouge was governed by the Great Britain, Spain, Louisiana, Florida, the Confederate States and, finally, the United States.

Many French settlers from Canada came down to Louisiana after they were chased away by the British in 1755. They became known as “Cajuns” and their culture was extraordinarily important for the entire region, including Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge was incorporated in 1819 and it became the capital of Louisiana in 1849. The city grew and developed in the first half of the 19th century, mainly thanks to the steamboat transportation along the Mississippi.

By the time the American Civil War started in 1816, Baton Rouge had 5,500 inhabitants. The city economy came to a halt due to the war activities, especially after it was occupied by the Union troops in 1862. At the time, the Confederates moved the state government to other places, such as Shreveport. Throughout the war, and especially in 1862, the Confederate troops tried to regain control over Baton Rouge, but to no success. After the war, the Reconstruction-era state government was headquartered in Baton Rouge and later, in 1882, the Bourbon Democrats moved the state government back to Baton Rouge, this time permanently.

In the 20th century, especially in the 1950s and 1960s, Baton Rouge became a center of petrochemical industry, its economy was in constant growth and today it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the USA. The city received an unprecedented population boom in 2005, after accepting 200,000 new residents who lost their homes elsewhere due to Hurricane Katrina.

Baton Rouge Geography and Climate

Baton Rouge is the third-southernmost US capital. It lies on the Mississippi River and occupies a land area of 76.8 square miles, while 2.2 square miles are water. It has a humid subtropical climate, with long, hot and humid summers, mild winters and plenty of rainfall year round. Baton Rouge is prone to extreme weather events, especially damaging winds, tornadoes and hurricanes. The worst hurricane to hit the Baton Rouge area was Hurricane Gustav in 2008.


As of 2010, the racial makeup in Baton Rouge was 50.02% Black or African American, 45.7% White, 2.62% Asian, 1.71% Hispanic or Latino, 0.18% Native American and 0.03% Pacific Islander. The median household income in 2010 was $30,368 and the per capita income was $18,512.

Baton Rouge Economy

Baton Rouge has a strong and fast-growing economy. The city port plays an important role for the local and state economy but the single most important industry in the city is petrochemical production, with companies such as ExxonMobil, Albemarle and Dow Chemical Company.

In addition to these sectors and, obviously, to the state government, other large employers are health care and research (especially the Our Lady of the Lake research hospital), education (Louisiana State University), as well as the growing film industry (Celtic Media Center studios).


Culturally, Baton Rouge is a mix of Cajun and Creole Catholics and Southern Baptists. Its cultural spectre is a typically Southern one. The city is open for new tendencies and has a vibrant visual arts and theatre scene, with institutions such as Shaw Center for the Arts, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge River Center, Opera Louisiane, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Major cultural events in the city include Mardi Gras, Louisiana Earth Day, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Red Stick International Animation Festival.


The most interesting tourist attractions in Baton Rouge include Louisiana State Capitol, plantation homes such as Myrtles Plantation and Magnolia Mound Plantation House, as well as architecturally important structures such as the Louisiana State University, Louisiana State Library, Louisiana Naval Museum and many more.

The tallest buildings in Baton Rouge are Louisiana State Capitol, One American Place, JPMorgan Chase Tower, Riverside Tower North and Marriott Hotel.


The best and the largest university in Baton Rouge is the Louisiana State. Other institutions of post-secondary education include Our Lady of the Lake College, Southern University and A&M College, Virginia College and Baton Rouge Community College.


Interstate highways in the Baton Rouge area include I-10, I-12 and I-110. There are also two U.S. routes - U.S. 61 and U.S. 190. Major bridges include Huey Long Bridge and Horace Wilkinson bridge.

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport provides non-stop service to various cities, including Dallas, Memphis, Atlanta and Charlotte.

Urban mass transit is provided by Capital Area Transit System. Greyhound Bus Lines offers bus connections to cities across the USA and LA Swift provides regular buses to and from New Orleans.


Baton Rouge does not have a major professional sports franchise but it is big in college sports, with teams such as the LSU Tigers (football and baseball) and Southern University Jaguars (football, baseball and basketball).

Statistical data for the Baton Rouge city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
90,34839.37 %
Black or African American alone
125,15554.54 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4860.21 %
Asian alone
7,5143.27 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
810.04 %
Some Other Race alone
2,9551.29 %
Two or More races
2,9541.29 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
221,84096.67 %
Hispanic or Latino
7,6533.33 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
221,84096.67 %
White alone
86,67939.07 %
Black or African American alone
124,54256.14 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3970.18 %
Asian alone
7,4693.37 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
390.02 %
Some Other Race alone
3320.15 %
Two or More races
2,3821.07 %
Hispanic or Latino
7,6533.33 %
White alone
3,66947.94 %
Black or African American alone
6138.01 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
891.16 %
Asian alone
450.59 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
420.55 %
Some Other Race alone
2,62334.27 %
Two or More races
5727.47 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
51,37956.17 %
Husband-wife family
27,54053.60 %
Other family
23,83946.40 %
Male householder, no wife present
5,01321.03 %
Female householder, no husband present
18,82678.97 %
Nonfamily households
40,09543.83 %
Householder living alone
29,92674.64 %
Householder not living alone
10,16925.36 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Baton Rouge city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Baton Rouge city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Baton Rouge city center


  • Baton Rouge Gallery [2.65 mi] [4.26 km]
  • McKinley Alumni Community Center [3.32 mi] [5.34 km]
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Library Carver Branch [3.49 mi] [5.61 km]
  • Terrace Street Recreation Center [3.49 mi] [5.61 km]
  • Louisiana Sheriff's Association - Office [3.72 mi] [5.99 km]
  • Women's Community Rehabilitation Center [3.63 mi] [5.85 km]
  • Baton Rouge Police Department - Recruiting [3.52 mi] [5.67 km]
  • Baton Rouge Police Department [3.48 mi] [5.59 km]


  • Greater Mount Gideon Baptist Church [3.52 mi] [5.67 km]
  • Cedarcrest Baptist Church [3.73 mi] [6 km]
  • First Church of the Nazarene [3.09 mi] [4.97 km]
  • Harvest Time Assembly Church [3.11 mi] [5.01 km]
  • Friendship Church [3.45 mi] [5.55 km]
  • Saint Raymond Divine Spiritual Church [3.09 mi] [4.97 km]
  • Fairview Baptist Church [3.2 mi] [5.15 km]
  • First Emanuel Baptist Church [3.39 mi] [5.45 km]
  • Pleasant Green Baptist Church [3.48 mi] [5.6 km]
  • Greater First Baptist Church [3.31 mi] [5.33 km]
  • McKowen Baptist Church [3.05 mi] [4.91 km]
  • Pleasant Green Baptist Church [3.52 mi] [5.67 km]
  • New Bethel Baptist Church [2.89 mi] [4.66 km]
  • Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church [3.54 mi] [5.7 km]
  • New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church [3.17 mi] [5.1 km]
  • New Ark Baptist Church [3.02 mi] [4.86 km]
  • Little Rising Sun Church [2.83 mi] [4.56 km]
  • Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church [3.46 mi] [5.56 km]
  • Progressive Baptist Church [3.26 mi] [5.24 km]
  • Bnai Israel Temple [1.87 mi] [3.01 km]
  • Saint Franics Xavier Catholic Church [3.16 mi] [5.08 km]
  • Saint Joseph's Spirituality Center [1.99 mi] [3.2 km]
  • Church of God in Christ [2.92 mi] [4.7 km]
  • Seltus Lazardus Memorial Temple [2.97 mi] [4.78 km]
  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church [2.97 mi] [4.77 km]
  • New Saint Luke Baptist Church [3.57 mi] [5.74 km]
  • South Boulevard Baptist Church [3.47 mi] [5.58 km]
  • New Saint John Missionary Baptist Church [2.88 mi] [4.63 km]
  • Christian Church of Baton Rouge [3.68 mi] [5.93 km]
  • Saint Agnes Catholic Church [3.25 mi] [5.23 km]
  • Ingleside United Methodist Church [1.27 mi] [2.05 km]
  • Hosanna First Assembly Church [2.05 mi] [3.31 km]
  • Goodwood Baptist Church [0.74 mi] [1.19 km]


  • Parish Governing Authority District 10 [3.58 mi] [5.75 km]
  • Parish Governing Authority District 8 [4.01 mi] [6.45 km]


  • Interchange 155 [3.74 mi] [6.01 km]


  • Hammond Aire Plaza [2.7 mi] [4.35 km]
  • Reeves Shopping Center [3.76 mi] [6.05 km]
  • Gateway Twelve Shopping Center [4.15 mi] [6.67 km]
  • Westmoreland Shopping Center [1.79 mi] [2.89 km]
  • Goodwood Village Shopping Center [0.5 mi] [0.8 km]


  • Webb Memorial Park [1.05 mi] [1.69 km]
  • Terrace Street Park [3.46 mi] [5.57 km]
  • Expressway Park [3.19 mi] [5.14 km]
  • Roseland Terrace Historic District [2.54 mi] [4.08 km]
  • Goodwood Playground [0.51 mi] [0.83 km]

Populated Place

  • Hundred Oaks [1.96 mi] [3.16 km]
  • Moreland [1.83 mi] [2.95 km]
  • Oak Valley [1.93 mi] [3.1 km]
  • Eastland [1.95 mi] [3.14 km]
  • Hillcrest Acres [3.23 mi] [5.2 km]
  • Westdale Heights [1.3 mi] [2.1 km]
  • Glenmore [1.53 mi] [2.46 km]
  • Harelson [3.71 mi] [5.97 km]
  • Goodwood Estates [1.12 mi] [1.8 km]
  • Darius Place [3.95 mi] [6.36 km]
  • Zeeland Place [2.39 mi] [3.85 km]
  • The Hideaway [1.79 mi] [2.88 km]
  • Steele Place [1.68 mi] [2.7 km]
  • Broadmoor Place [2.95 mi] [4.75 km]
  • Tara [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Normandy Acres [1.32 mi] [2.12 km]
  • Swart [3.36 mi] [5.41 km]
  • Broadmoor Plaza [2.63 mi] [4.24 km]
  • Kleinert [2.43 mi] [3.92 km]
  • Marwede [1.95 mi] [3.13 km]
  • Bell Fontaine [3.96 mi] [6.37 km]
  • Broadmoor Estates [3.33 mi] [5.36 km]
  • South Broadmoor [2.91 mi] [4.69 km]
  • Broadmoor Forest [3.83 mi] [6.16 km]
  • McGrath Heights [1.72 mi] [2.77 km]
  • Capital Heights [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]

Post Office

  • Louise Street Branch Post Office (historical) [3.28 mi] [5.29 km]
  • Old Hammond Post Office [3.86 mi] [6.22 km]
  • Gateway Post Office [4.03 mi] [6.49 km]


  • McKinley Middle Magnet School [3.08 mi] [4.96 km]
  • Tara High School [2.44 mi] [3.93 km]
  • McKinley School (historical) [3.28 mi] [5.29 km]
  • Lasalle Elementary School [1.65 mi] [2.65 km]
  • Reddy School (historical) [3.46 mi] [5.57 km]
  • Saint Joseph's Academy School [2 mi] [3.22 km]
  • Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School [3.13 mi] [5.03 km]
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Goodwood Administrative Center [0.72 mi] [1.16 km]
  • Goodwood Elementary School [0.72 mi] [1.16 km]
  • Baton Rouge College (historical) [3.54 mi] [5.7 km]
  • South Boulevard Elementary School [3.37 mi] [5.42 km]
  • Catholic Junior High School [1.9 mi] [3.06 km]
  • Catholic High School [1.9 mi] [3.06 km]
  • Westdale Middle School [0.64 mi] [1.03 km]
  • Wonderland Head Start School [2.82 mi] [4.53 km]
  • Perkins Road School (historical) [2.81 mi] [4.52 km]
  • Hosanna Christian Academy School [2.11 mi] [3.39 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
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Baton RougeCentral70837
Baton RougeCommerce Park70884
Baton RougeEntergy Corp70891
Baton RougeGateway70835
Baton RougeGeneral Mail Facility70826
Baton RougeGMF70826
Baton RougeLa Dept Of Revenue70822, 70823
Baton RougeLa Dept Reven70823, 70822
Baton RougeLa Lottery70833
Baton RougeLa St Univ70803
Baton RougeLouisiana Lottery70833
Baton RougeOne Amer Pl70825
Baton RougeOne American Place70825
Baton RougeScotlandville70807, 70874, 70811
Baton RougeSouthern University70813
Baton RougeUniversity70803
Baton RougeZion City70811

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