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Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Baton Rouge is the 2nd largest city in Louisiana with a population of 233,114 as of July 1, 2018. Baton Rouge ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Baton Rouge is located at latitude 30.4485 and longitude -91.1259 in East Baton Rouge Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Baton Rouge (see map below) encompass a land area of 77.42 sq. miles and a water area of 2.15 sq. miles. East Baton Rouge Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 46 feet.

The City of Baton Rouge (GNIS ID: 2403821) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "B" whic identifies an active government that is partially consolidated with another government but with separate officials providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Baton Rouge is located within Parish Governing Authority District 11, a minor civil division (MCD) of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Baton Rouge population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Baton Rouge: Dironbourg, New Richmond.

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Baton Rouge, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 233,114
Population in Households 223,468
Population in Familes 159,529
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,646
Population Density1 3,011
Diversity Index2 59


Median Household Income $37,923
Average Household Income $62,079
Per Capita Income $25,554


Total Housing Units 103,629 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 40,856 (39.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 51,943 (50.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,830 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $174,890
Average Home Value $230,516


Total Households 92,799
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 49,899
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.19% 0.33%
Households 0.17% 0.33%
Families -0.35% 0.04%
Median Household Income   0.99%
Per Capita Income   1.51%

Baton Rouge, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Baton Rouge to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density # 18 96th
Diversity Index # 57 88th
Median Household Income # 273 43rd
Per Capita Income # 119 75th

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