Baton Rouge, LA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
869,755
0.245% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36
0.277% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
15.5%
1.3% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$67,979
7.44% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$223,600
13.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
403,444
0.612% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Baton Rouge, LA had a population of 870k people with a median age of 36 and a median household income of $67,979. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Baton Rouge, LA grew from 867,628 to 869,755, a 0.245% increase and its median household income grew from $63,270 to $67,979, a 7.44% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Baton Rouge, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (34.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.95%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.96%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.75%).

None of the households in Baton Rouge, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.3% of the residents in Baton Rouge, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Baton Rouge, LA are Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (7,785 degrees awarded in 2022), Baton Rouge Community College (1,531 degrees), and Southern University and A & M College (1,166 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Baton Rouge, LA was $223,600, and the homeownership rate was 69.5%.

Most people in Baton Rouge, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Baton Rouge, LA was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Huey P. Long, State Capital Park, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Population & Diversity

Baton Rouge, LA is home to a population of 870k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.25% of Baton Rouge, LA residents were born outside of the country (36.9k people).

In 2022, there were 1.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (482k people) in Baton Rouge, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 303k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 25.7k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.3%
2022 Citizenship
97.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.3% of Baton Rouge, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Baton Rouge, LA was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Baton Rouge, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    482k ± 1.15k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    303k ± 2.66k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    25.7k ± 2.89k
4.45%
Hispanic Population
38.7k people

In 2022, there were 1.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (482k people) in Baton Rouge, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 303k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 25.7k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.45% of the people in Baton Rouge, LA are hispanic (38.7k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Baton Rouge, LA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for Louisiana.
Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    36,279 ± 4,658 people
  2. Mexico
    23,092 ± 3,722 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,064 ± 3,293 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 36,279 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 23,092 and Vietnam with 18,064.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.25%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
36.9k people
4.21%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
36.5k people

As of 2022, 4.25% of Baton Rouge, LA residents (36.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Baton Rouge, LA was 4.21%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    12,274 ± 892
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    8,447 ± 1,050
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    6,777 ± 904

Baton Rouge, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Baton Rouge, LA employs 403k people. The largest industries in Baton Rouge, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (56,267 people), Retail Trade (43,583 people), and Educational Services (41,121 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($116,447), Utilities ($80,273), and Manufacturing ($74,931).

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.52 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,789. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

403k
2022 Value
± 6,602
0.612%
1 Year growth
± 2.32%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Baton Rouge, LA grew at a rate of 0.612%, from 401k employees to 403k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Baton Rouge, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (42,259 people), Management Occupations (41,321 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (40,979 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Baton Rouge, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Louisiana (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

403k
2022 Value
± 6,602
0.612%
1 Year growth
± 2.32%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Baton Rouge, LA grew at a rate of 0.612%, from 401k employees to 403k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Baton Rouge, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (56,267 people), Retail Trade (43,583 people), and Educational Services (41,121 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Baton Rouge, LA, though some of these residents may live in Baton Rouge, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$57,100
Median earning men ± $1,085
$34,997
Median earning women ± $834

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Manufacturing ($79,526), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,023), and Public Administration ($71,547).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($55,049), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($49,788), and Public Administration ($49,518).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
1.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.94M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 1.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 7,269
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,291
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 4,132
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 58.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.01%).

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Louisiana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Baton Rouge, LA awarded 13,172 degrees. The student population of Baton Rouge, LA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 24,852 male students and 36,133 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Baton Rouge, LA are White (7,136 and 56.1%), followed by Black or African American (3,840 and 30.2%), Hispanic or Latino (662 and 5.21%), and Asian (397 and 3.12%).

The largest universities in Baton Rouge, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (7,785 and 59.1%), Baton Rouge Community College (1,531 and 11.6%), and Southern University and A & M College (1,166 and 8.85%).

The most popular majors in Baton Rouge, LA are General Studies (943 and 7.16%), General Business Administration & Management (618 and 4.69%), and Social Work (517 and 3.92%).

The median tuition costs in Baton Rouge, LA are $13,886 for private four year colleges, and $6,506 and $6,506 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Baton Rouge, LA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 71.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 25.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 60,985 (40.8% men and 59.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 60,985 students enrolled in Baton Rouge, LA, 40.8% men and 59.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 29,135 records, of which 55.2% were women and 44.8% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Baton Rouge, LA was General Biological Sciences with 362 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Baton Rouge, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 7,785 degrees awarded
  2. 1,531 degrees awarded
  3. 1,166 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College with 7,785 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 5,379 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Baton Rouge, LA, which is 0.69 times less than the 7,793 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 7,136 degrees mean that there were 1.86 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3,840 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 2-year ($15,500) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($4,393) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,631) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.811% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Some college (811k), and Secondary Education (604k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Baton Rouge, LA was $223,600 in 2022, which is 0.793 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $197,000 to $223,600, a 13.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Baton Rouge, LA is 69.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Baton Rouge, LA have an average commute time of 27.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Baton Rouge, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Baton Rouge, LA is $67,979. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Baton Rouge, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

Property

$223,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,773
$223,588
Median Property Taxes
±$4,324

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Baton Rouge, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.5%
Homeownership
2022
68.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.5% of the housing units in Baton Rouge, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Baton Rouge, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

The following map shows all of the counties in Baton Rouge, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$67,979
Median Household Income
± $1,123
322k
Number of Households
± 5,436

In 2022, the median household income of the 322k households in Baton Rouge, LA grew to $67,979 from the previous year's value of $63,270.

The following chart displays the households in Baton Rouge, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Baton Rouge, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.4%)
  2. Carpooled (8.47%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.86%)

In 2022, 82.4% of workers in Baton Rouge, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.47%) and those who worked at home (5.86%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

27.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Baton Rouge, LA have a longer commute time (27.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.68% of the workforce in Baton Rouge, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Baton Rouge, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Baton Rouge, LA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Baton Rouge, LA (131k out of 844k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Baton Rouge, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.1% of the population of Baton Rouge, LA has health coverage, with 47.7% on employee plans, 21.2% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 0.934% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see 1434 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1466 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1759 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 305 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,434 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Louisiana

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,434 patients per year. This represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1,466 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.3% under 18 years, 23.7% between 18 and 34 years, 36.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.6% were men and 52.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.94%
Uninsured
47.7%
Employer Coverage
21.2%
Medicaid
10.9%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
0.934%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Baton Rouge, LA declined by 2.04% from 8.11% to 7.94%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Baton Rouge, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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