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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Baton Rouge is a city in Louisiana with a population of 225,362. Baton Rouge is in East Baton Rouge Parish. Living in Baton Rouge offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Baton Rouge there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Baton Rouge and residents tend to be liberal.
About Baton Rouge...
Population
225,362

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$169,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$860
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    528
    282.7
  • Murder
    35.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    32.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    323.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,194.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,705.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    422.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    18%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

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Baton Rouge is a little big town. You have unique sites of a "big city" like the capitol building and the old governor's mansion downtown and then petite cafes and local grocery stores where you run into a friend or co-worker every time you go in for eggs and milk. LSU brings so much life to the fall weekends with football games that take over the town! If you aren't lucky enough to snag tickets, you can go to any restaurant and feel like you are in Tiger Stadium. You are close enough for a day hop to Lafayette or New Orleans for soul satisfying Cajun or jazz music and delicious comfort food. Baton Rouge is a sweet spot in Louisiana and a great place to call home.
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I visited Baton Rouge recently for sometime to get to know the community as well as a possible college option in-town. The atmosphere was amazing given that I really don't like the cold of winter but if I had to say of anything that was most memorable it would be the food! Breakfast to dinner the food was to die for everywhere I went. I would finish each meal and spend the rest of the day dreaming about tomorrow that time when I could have it again; seriously! I come from background of very good cooks being one myself but this food was like nothing else. If you want a true Cajun meal you should seriously consider visiting this city.
For the most part I have really enjoyed living in Baton Rouge. I have relocated from up north, specifically Iowa. I love the warm weather and the people are very friendly. The one downside to living here is the traffic. People are not the greatest drivers here and there is always SO much traffic. Other than that I love the food, people, and places here in BR!