Baton Rouge, LA

Population: 228,694 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Baton Rouge has a Livability Score of 63/100, which is considered below average
  • Baton Rouge crime rates are 64% higher than the Louisiana average
  • Cost of living in Baton Rouge is 2% higher than the Louisiana average
  • Baton Rouge real estate prices are 7% higher than the Louisiana average
  • Rental prices in Baton Rouge are equal to the Louisiana average

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      Baton Rouge, LA

      Garth Brooks hailed Baton Rouge in his hit country song that asked the operator to put him on through to his girl who lived in this hip Louisiana city. Long before the country superstar's song though people knew about Baton Rouge due to the city's might LSU Tigers football team. Each fall, the boys from Death Valley are one of the top contenders to win the college football national championship. A Saturday night under the lights at Death Valley is a special experience that is amazing for the home team and terrifying for the visitors.

      Baton Rouge is home to over 220,000 people. The city's name literally translates to red stick in the French language. The city also surprisingly hosted a battle in the American Revolutionary War making it the only city outside of the original 13 colonies to do so. Today, home prices in Baton Rouge are affordable and there are a lot of classic Victorian homes on the market for purchase or rent.

      Traffic is a non-issue for those who live in Baton Rouge. The Capital Area Transit System does offer a public transit alternative for those who do not have the means to get around by private conveyance or those who simply prefer to leave their car in the garage to let somebody else do the work. Bikes are also gaining in popularity as more and more college students set out on two wheels to explore all that the city has to offer.

      Baton Rouge is home to the city's State Capitol where visitors and locals can hop on a tour to learn about the state government's role in the lives of the people. It is also fascinating to take a tour of the Old Capitol Building to compare the two side-by-side. The USS Kidd's Veterans Museum lets you go out on a de-commissioned naval vessel that know showcases a large number of marine historic items. BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a hit with young children thanks to the tiger exhibit.

      Baton Rouge has a number of private schools and charter schools that are popular choices for parents who are looking to get their children ready for the demands of college. Turner Industries and the university are a couple of the area's largest employers. Zee Gardens, Zion Heights, and Village St. George are a few of the areas that homebuyers typically check out when they are looking to set down roots in the area.

      Baton Rouge is a cool and eclectic college town that is brimming with excitement. The people who call it home know what southern hospitality is, and they are excited to welcome you and your family to the area.

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      The Heart of South Louisiana is Baton Rouge, LA
      Attractions5/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife8/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping5/10
      Being born in Baton Rouge gave me a whole new perspective on life. I lived in a tiny subdivision as a kid called Woodmoss Drive and made many fond memories there. The best part about Baton Rouge is that it lacks the grit and grime of New Orleans while maintaining it's creole charm. The best part about Baton Rouge is that it is a great place to raise a family and is relatively quite. Baton Rouge is also very affordable even though property values have gone up a bit as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

      Plenty of Gambling in the Area

      I fondly remember being dropped off at plenty of casino arcades while my parents and grandparents went off to gamble. We would usually meet up at some point to chow down on plenty of crab legs or other scrumptious offerings at the casino buffet until the adults decided to hit the casino floor.

      The Belle of Baton Rouge is a casino on a riverboat which is docked in the Mississippi River. The casino owns a hotel, buffet, and oyster bar which are located in separate buildings on the mainland. This is also the site of a major fireworks display which happens every 4th of July.

      Delicious Food Everywhere

      The best part about making the decision to live in Baton Rouge LA is that you will be surrounded by delicious Louisiana food. My favorite Louisiana dishes are Boudin (rice, bell pepper, and meat ground into a sausage), Jambalaya (rice and sausage dish), Gumbo (soup with rice and seafood), and Crawfish Etouffee (Crawfish and rice dish).

      Ralph and Kacoo's at 6110 Bluebonnet Blvd is the best place to get anything that has been fried. In my opinion, they've got the best gumbo and fried catfish around.
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      Baton Rouge Culture
      Attractions8/10
      Community8/10
      Nightlife6/10
      Dining6/10
      Shopping7/10
      I honestly love Baton Rouge. It has a rich French culture, great food, and moving here was a breeze. I hired All My Sons Moving & Storage of Baton Rouge, and got my hair done while they set up my house. The only thing I didn't like when I got here was the traffic but at least I didn't waste too much gas because my had just me and my dog. If you need to move in or out of Baton Rouge and aren't sure what stuff you need to live in here just check out this great resource at http://www.allmysons.com/ams_packingguide.aspx#movetype.
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      Baton Rouge - Home of Tigerland
      Attractions5/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife3/10
      Dining3/10
      Shopping7/10
      I lived in Baton Rouge, LA most of my life. There wasn't much to do there when I was growing up, but the city has built up since then. The Mall of Louisiana offers two floors of shops for anyone who enjoys shopping. The mall includes stores such as JcPenny, Dillards, and Sears. There are also a few specialty shops and stores that sell Saint's and LSU Gear. Less than a mile from the mall are the shops at Perkins Rowe. There are many different clothing stores, a movie theater, and restaurants located in this shopping center.

      During the summer, Blue Bayou/Dixie Landing is a great place to take the children. They expanded the park to include rides such as roller coasters along with a huge water slide. The amusement park is not far from Louisiana State University. This is the home of the LSU Tigers. Besides catching a football game, there are also beautiful parks and lakes to enjoy. The University also has several plays and programs open to the public at various times throughout the year.

      I moved from Baton Rouge a couple of years ago to a larger state. I still visit on the holidays because my family is still there. It seems like every time I go back, there is something new being built. The one area that I feel the city could improve is the nightlife. The downtown area has one street with a few clubs. There is not much variety for young adults that are looking to have a good time. The best thing about the city is the food. There is no shortage of restaurants in the city. If you enjoy spicy food, there are plenty of options here.
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      Experience the Cajun Lifestyle in Baton Rouge, LA
      Attractions9/10
      Community9/10
      Nightlife8/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping8/10
      I am lucky enough to live within easy driving distance of Baton Rouge, and I take every chance I get to go explore this wonderful city. Baton Rouge is a great destination for weekend getaways, and has something to offer everyone. The lively culture combines with the outstanding food to create an exciting and entertaining atmosphere. There are also many attractions to see and various great restaurants to sample in Baton Rouge.

      Though traffic in Baton Rouge can be heavy (especially during rush hour) and crime is rather high, Baton Rouge has many positive aspects. There are several cozy bed and breakfasts that give visitors a charming place to stay, and the unique stores located all around the city provide great shopping. Since this city is the home of LSU, the bar scene and nightlife is always bustling at night.

      Baton Rouge is known as Bayou Country, so swamp tours are very popular here. However, there are many things to keep visitors occupied, such as theme parks, casinos and wineries. A favorite attraction of mine is the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Clearly, in this city where urban lifestyle meets country traditions, you will never be bored!
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      Source: The Baton Rouge, LA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).