Baton Rouge, LA
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Baton Rouge is a relatively large city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 228,590 people and 79 constituent neighborhoods, Baton Rouge is the second largest community in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge real estate is some of the most expensive in Louisiana, although Baton Rouge house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

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 (12.57%), sales jobs (11.54%), and food service (8.51%).

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.

The education level of Baton Rouge citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.36% of adults in Baton Rouge have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Baton Rouge in 2010 was $24,158, 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 $96,632 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 English, German, Irish, and Italian.

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