Living in Baton Rouge – the lesser-known town in Louisiana

The capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge in the heart of the state and Sun Belt markets. With his Cajun roots and cultural influences that try to Baton Rouge will be a historic Southern city to be found.

Baton Rouge is the seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and the second largest city in Louisiana. On a bluff upriver from the Mississippi Delta is located here residents are protected from floods and other natural disasters. A dam system in the south to protect the river bankand the southern agricultural areas. The city's population was 227,818 in 2000 U.S. Census.

The city's population grew only 2.3% in the 1990s. By 2006 the city had an estimated 224,959 residents with a population density of 2965 people per square mile. The metro area population of 751,965 and probably benefited from a mass exodus following the hurricanes that struck the New Orleans metropolitan area in 2005. While the population was not here the fast-growing, has surpassed Baton Rougemany southern cities such as Shreveport and Mobile, Alabama to lose population by "white flight." Boasting a younger than average population, the average age of residents was about five years lower than the national average. The African American community the head of the national average by over 42% with 54.5% of the population. A further 39% were white non-Hispanic. Families from 57% of households in the city. About 96% of the native born population in the U.S., including 79%in Louisiana. Poverty has a significant problem with 27% of residents were considered poor government standards. The educational level was about 84% of people over 25 in possession of a good high school diploma, and 31% with a bachelor's degree or higher. However, 16% of residents 16 and older were dropouts.

Baton Rouge is one of the largest deep-water ports of the country visited ships and river boats. The port serves a region that lives on large industrial and chemical complexes, asand agricultural interests. Cargo shipped here and forest and agricultural products, steel, iron ore, coal and petroleum. Exxon is considered the largest private employer in Baton Rouge. The largest employer in the region would be the Louisiana Department of State for Public Service, with 24,985 people on its payroll in late 2003. The travel industry will also give the economy a boost.

If you reside in Baton Rouge for employment, the median household income only $ 36,195 in 2006. Theleading industries were education, health care and social assistance. The most common job management, professional, and are related. The unemployment rate was slightly higher than the national trend by the end of 2004 was 5.4%. The overall crime in Baton Rouge was more than twice the national average. In 2005, the city came 13th among the major U.S. cities ranked with 49 murders. There were a total of 56 murders in 2006.

With an exceptionally low property tax,plus a generous state homestead exemption, Baton Rouge is a desirable place to own a house. Housing values are well below the national average. In 2006, the average U.S. home-was worth $ 185,200, compared with only $ 132,300 in Baton Rouge. However, owner occupancy was 52.8% lower, while 14% of homes have been built since 1990. Over 63% of urban housing has been the single structures. The average monthly cost for mortgage owners was pledged $ 1132 and $ 363 for non-owners. Tenant pays$ 667 per month. Almost 60% of the tenants 30% or more of their household income on housing.

Baton Rouge currently has several towers in the works, including a 30-plus story condominium downtown. The 34-story Louisiana State Capitol is the tallest State Capitol Building in the U.S. at 460 m. As part of the East Baton Rouge Parish system of 52,434 students were enrolled at 88 schools. The pupil-teacher ratio was 14.8:1 with $ 7478 funding per student. More than 50 church and privateSchools operate, including in Baton Rouge with over 60,000 students. Baton Rouge is home to two major universities, Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University (SU). LSU had more than 31,000 students. With more than 10,000 students is the largest SU African American university in the country.

Mark Twain, this city was like and once wrote: "Baton Rouge dressed in flowers, like a bride." About 60 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, CityHumid subtropical climate is described. The winters are warm and a little snow is rare, summers are long, hot and humid and wet. January average of 51.2 degrees, while August and September are the hottest, with average high temperatures in the 91st You can expect lots of rain, if you are moving to Baton Rouge, the fifth wettest city in the nation. The historical average annual rainfall was 55.5 cm.

Baton Rouge rarely suffers from natural disasters. Are peripheraleasily flooded. Tornadoes are rare, storm surges or hurricanes hardly touch this area because of its distance inland. Baton Rouge has house many refugees of Hurricane Katrina. Important facilities in schools and convention centers is crucial for emergency services. The creation of a French military post in Baton Rouge in 1719. Since European settlement, the city of France, England, Spain, Louisiana, Florida Republic, the Confederate States and will the UnitedStates. French-speaking settlers from Canada brought the Cajun lifestyle that thrive in Baton Rouge continues to this day. Natives of this city include actress Reese Witherspoon, American Idol judge Randy Jackson, NBA Hall of Fame Bob Pettit, MLB pitcher Andy Pettitte and NFL running back Warrick Dunn.


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