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Baton Rouge is in East Baton Rouge Parish.
It is the state capital and the parish seat.
The community name is French for red stick, referring to a cypress post marking the boundary of tribal hunting grounds.
The latitude of Baton Rouge is 30.450N. The longitude is -91.154W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 46 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 225,090.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Baton Rouge demographic reports
Baton Rouge is on the east bank of the Mississippi River.
Successively ruled by the French, British and Spaniards
Huey Long, former governor, was assassinated here in 1935
Public transportation: CATS (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,839. The number of murders and homicides was 41. The violent crime rate was 12.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1989 movie, "Sex, Lies, and Videotape"
· 2005 movie, "The Dukes of Hazzard"
· 2004 movie, "Ray"
· 2007 movie, "The Reaping"
Well-known residents have included:
· Jim Taylor, football player
· Bob Pettit, basketball player
· Reese Witherspoon, actress
· Eddie Robinson, football coach
· Lynn Whitfield, actress
· Carly Patterson, Olympic medalist (gymnastics)
Local bands (past and present) have included John Fred and His Playboy Band
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, PJ?s Coffee
Local festivals include:
- International Heritage Festival - Sept. 23, 2007
- Laurel St. Lollapalooza - Jan. 12, 2007
- Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2007
- Louisiana Book Festival - Nov. 3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Baton Rouge web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Baton Rouge Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation:
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Baton Rouge attractions: Baton Rouge Zoo, Blue Bayou Waterpark, Dixie Landin' Theme Park, casinos
Historic sites and museums: Arsenal Museum, Old State Capitol, Louisiana Arts and Science Center Riverside Museum, Zeiss Planetarium, L.S.U. Rural Life Museum, Magnolia Mound Plantation
Colleges and universities:
Louisiana State University, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge College, Louisiana Technical College-Baton Rouge Campus, Our Lady of the Lake College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 98
The word 'majestic' seldom really fits anything, except perhaps the world's great rivers as they near the sea; 'majestic' is the only word to use to describe the Mississippi at Baton Rouge.
· "Callin' Baton Rouge" (Garth Brooks)
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Ancestry & family history
7% of Baton Rouge residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Baton Rouge ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Baton Rouge was $18,512, compared with $21,587 nationally.
32% of Baton Rouge residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Baton Rouge festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - O
- International Heritage Festival - S
- Louisiana Book Festival - N
- Laurel St. Lollapalooza - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Baton Rouge include Beauregard Town Historic District, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Main Street Historic District (Baton Rouge), Roseland Terrace Historic District, Spanish Town ... View historic districts
Median rent in Baton Rouge, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $397. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $837.
Libraries in Baton Rouge include Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Carver Branch, Central Branch, Centroplex Branch, Delmont Gardens Branch, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Eden Park Branch, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, Jones Creek Regional Branch, Scotlandville Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Baton Rouge include Baton Rouge Advocate
TV stations in Baton Rouge include WAFB, WBRZ, WGMB, WLPB, WVLA.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBRH., WRKF.
East Baton Rouge Parish supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Baton Rouge political report.
The average commute time for Baton Rouge workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 108 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Baton Rouge between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.
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