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Central, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Central had a population of 28,723 as of July 1, 2017. Central ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Central is located at latitude 30.5593 and longitude -91.0355 in East Baton Rouge Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Central (see map below) encompass a land area of 62.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. East Baton Rouge Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 66 feet.

The City of Central (GNIS ID: 2504823) 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 "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Central is located within Parish Governing Authority District 4, a minor civil division (MCD) of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Central population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Central, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 28,723
Daytime Population: Workers 6,211
Daytime Population: Residents 14,251
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 20,462
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.71
Population in Households 28,680
Population in Familes 25,058
Population in Group Qrtrs 43
Population Density2 461
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $64,222
Average Household Income $82,911
Per Capita Income $31,468


Total Housing Units 11,218 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,725 (77.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,170 (19.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 324 ( 2.9%)
Median Home Value $196,467
Average Home Value $230,581


Total Households 10,894
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 8,347
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 0.93% 0.79%
Households 0.94% 0.78%
Families 0.74% 0.65%
Median Household Income   2.75%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

Central, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Central to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 17 97th
Population Density # 280 41st
Diversity Index # 386 19th
Median Household Income # 33 93rd
Per Capita Income # 40 92nd

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