Income/capita 15%
Household income 28%
Unemployment 20%
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IndexBaton RougeLouisianaNational
Income per capita$25,398$25,515$29,829
Median household income$39,969$45,652$55,322
Median income owner occupied$60,503$59,392$70,586
Median income renter occupied$25,904$27,113$35,192
Median earnings male$27,279$38,087$36,919
Median earnings female$20,835$22,909$26,250
Unemployment rate5.6%4.6%4.7%
Poverty level26.1%19.7%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Baton Rouge is 15% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Baton Rouge is 28% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge is 20% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Baton Rouge is 73% higher than the national average

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      Baton Rouge employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry12.9%1.2%
      Manufacturing sector9.7%0.5%
      Financial & insurance services2.5%4.6%
      Wholesale & retail services14.6%14.5%
      Public administration4.4%6.2%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.4%1.8%
      Education, health & social services14.7%36.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Prairieville, LA29,732$95,75073.1%
      Westminster, LA3,103$91,28865.0%
      Shenandoah, LA19,999$86,51156.4%
      Oak Hills Place, LA8,366$83,30650.6%
      Brusly, LA2,675$80,00044.6%
      Baton Rouge, LA228,694$39,96927.8%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Fremont, CA227,934$111,613101.8%
      Paradise, NV229,666$44,84118.9%
      North Las Vegas, NV230,436$53,5653.2%
      Gilbert, AZ226,832$85,58154.7%
      Windsor, ON230,583n/a 
      Baton Rouge, LA228,694$39,96927.8%
      Source: The Baton Rouge, LA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).