Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s “Capital City” has been named one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Greater Baton Rouge is now home to more than 800,000, making it the second largest city in Louisiana. The urban area, with nearly a half million residents, is a central hub of business activity.
Baton Rouge is home to major oil and chemical industries, medical institutions and research centers, new technology centers and a thriving educational system, including an award-winning system of public schools rated among the best in the state. Louisiana State and Southern Universities are headquartered here, bringing their own brand of continual contributions to the city.
Since Baton Rouge is situated on the first bluffs north of the Mississippi Delta, natural levees originally protected the area, which now includes the ninth largest port in the United States. Red Stick, as it is often known (and the true translation from the French), was first incorporated in 1817, and has been the state’s capital since 1849 (except for a brief period during the Civil War). The political home base and its many facets have always fed the city’s real estate market.
Homebuyers in search of properties in a thriving city that has always been an integral part of Louisiana’s economic, historic and cultural history should look no further than Baton Rouge. Architectural styles run the gamut, from historical mansion homes along the Mississippi River to the most contemporary of new construction in perfectly planned communities in various parts of town. Lush state parks and arboretums are also located in Louisiana’s Capital City.
A dynamic and revitalized downtown, home to dozens of performing arts centers, visual art galleries and music clubs, has also contributed to the revitalization of Baton Rouge. The bustling Cortana Mall and Mall of Louisiana complement the many boutique shopping areas through town. The cuisine of Baton Rouge offers something for everyone, from classic Cajun and Creole restaurants to fine dining establishments designed to rival the best the nation has to offer.
After Hurricane Katrina, which caused damage throughout southeast Louisiana, Baton Rouge welcomed more than 200,000 temporary and many eventually permanent residents who found the metropolitan area a welcome fit in difficult times. A combination of Southern charm and business acumen has helped thrust Baton Rouge into the spotlight as one of the best places to live in Louisiana and the Gulf South.
Baton Rouge, LA on the Map
The city is located along the Mississippi River, 80 miles northwest of New Orleans, spreading out about 75 square miles.
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Map of Denham Springs, Walker and Central, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Historic Highland Road Home, built in 1895 on 1.25 acres surrounded by large pecan & oak trees
How to Get To and From Baton Rouge, LA:
Baton Rouge is about a 90-minute drive from New Orleans and is interconnected to the rest of the state and country by interstate highways 10 and 12. Historic Airline Highway and Florida Boulevard also traverse the city. Because of the constant growth in population, the city’s highway systems have also been consistently upgraded during the past few decades.
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is just 10 minutes from the downtown area, and the city is also home to a popular mass transit system, along with major commercial rail and bus lines.
Coastal Southern style home in Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge, LA Features:
Baton Rouge is home to unlimited cultural activities and a constantly expanding calendar of annual entertainment events. Among the most popular attractions include the Old Capitol Building Museum and the Louisiana State Museum, concerts at the Bayou Country Superfest, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Jambalaya Fest, Chili Cookoff, Zapp’s International Beerfest, Kite Fest Louisiane, annual antique and garden show, weekly arts markets, an annual Civil War Reenactment and the Greek Fest.
Also popular are the downtown performing venues, home to theater, symphony and opera companies. Welcoming patrons are the 1,900-seat Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, the 350-seat Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts and the Reilly Theater, where the professional non-profit Swine Palace theater company operates under the auspices of LSU’s Theatre Department.
Amusement and water parks along I-10 are also popular with families, students and tourists. Baton Rouge prides itself on being a metropolitan city that lovingly holds onto its original attributes as a safe and scenic place residents have called home for centuries.
Home in the heart of Baton Rouge, nestled among beautiful Oaks
Baton Rouge, LA Demographics
- Population – 230,000 (not including outlying parishes and suburban communities)
- Population of the encompassing East Baton Rouge Parish – 429,000
- Households – 91,000+
- Home ownership – 50%
- Schools – 150+ public, private and parochial schools in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, as well as Louisiana State University (28,000 students) and Southern University (7,500+ students)
- Medical Facilities –Nearly a dozen hospitals and major medical centers serve the population (plus clinics, urgent care centers and medical complexes).
- Churches – 500+ churches of every denomination