Baton Rouge, LA
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Baton Rouge is a relatively large city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 225,374 people and 79 constituent neighborhoods, Baton Rouge is the second largest community in Louisiana.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Baton Rouge is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Baton Rouge is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Baton Rouge who work in office and administrative support (12.91%), sales jobs (11.52%), and management occupations (8.19%).

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Baton Rouge really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Baton Rouge is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Baton Rouge more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Baton Rouge’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Baton Rouge a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Baton Rouge a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

In terms of college education, Baton Rouge is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.35% of adults in Baton Rouge have a college degree.

The per capita income in Baton Rouge in 2010 was $25,876, which is upper middle income relative to Louisiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,504 for a family of four. However, Baton Rouge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Baton Rouge is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Baton Rouge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Baton Rouge residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Baton Rouge include French, German, English, Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Baton Rouge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.