About Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.

  1. About Baton Rouge
  2. Contact Us
  3. Business Membership
  4. List Your Business
  5. Business Sign In
  6. Community Membership
  7. Employment
  8. Privacy Policy
  9. Terms of Use

About Baton Rouge for Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Area

When you want to know Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Overview of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Baton Rouge is the capital city of U.S. state of Louisiana. It is located in East Baton Rouge. The population of Baton Rouge is approximately 227 071 (as of 2007). Baton Rouge is located in the southeast portion of the state along the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge is a major industrial, petrochemical, and port center of the American South. The Baton Rouge region is called the "Capital Area."

Edit this paragraph
  • Population: 227 071
  • Population Density: 2964.7/mi²
  • Area: 79.1/mi²
  • Latitude: 30.45809
  • Longitude: -91.140229
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 46ft
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Language: English
  • Edit these Statistics

From the local to the global - BatonRougeDirect.info

History of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge dates back to 1699, when French explorer Sieur d'Iberville leading an exploration party up the Mississippi River saw a reddish cypress pole festooned with bloody animals and fish that marked the boundary between Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. They called the tree "le baton rouge," or red stick. The native name for the site had been Istrouma. In the 1950's and 1960's, Baton Rouge experienced a boom in the petrochemical industry, causing the city to expand away from the original center, resulting in the modern suburban sprawl. A building boom that began in the 1990's continues today and new construction happening all over the city. In the 2000's, Baton Rouge has proven to be one of the fastest growing cities in the South.

Edit this paragraph

Baton Rouge's Demographics

Edit this paragraph

Baton Rouge's Climate

Baton Rouge has a humid-subtropical climate, with mild, short, wet, and somewhat warm winters and long, hot, humid summers.

Edit this paragraph

Education in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Baton Rouge Area contains 12 public school districts. School districts in the region provide opportunities for advanced learning through Gifted and Academic Magnet programs and tailored programs in music, visual arts, and dramatic arts. Baton Rouge Community College is an open admissions, two-year post-secondary public community college. The curricular offerings include courses and programs leading to transfer credits, certificates and associate degrees.

Edit this paragraph

Transportation around Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The metropolitan area is served by the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, located in north area of Baton Rouge, between city and the suburb of Baker. Public transit by bus is provided by the Capitol Area Transit System. CATS offer 17 routes that provide transportation to various parts of the city. CATS operates a special trolley that runs for free in the downtown area.

Edit this paragraph

Tourism and Attractions of Baton Rouge

Museums around town offer a variety of genres. The Louisiana State Museum and the Old Louisiana State Capitol Museum display information on state history and have any interactive exhibits. The Shaw Center for the Arts showcase art exhibits along with Louisiana Art and Science Museum. LASM also includes science exhibits and a planetarium. Other museums include LSU Museum of Natural Science and USS Kidd. Other things to do include shopping at the Mall at Cortana and the Mall of Louisiana (Louisiana's two largest malls), a trip to the local amusement parks of Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin', or dining at any number of the revered Louisiana cuisine restaurants.

Edit this paragraph

Surrounding Communities

  • Baton Rouge
  • Addis
  • Bayou Goula
  • Bayou Sorrel
  • Baywood
  • Brusly
  • Chocataw
  • Darrow
  • Denham Sprs
  • Duplessis
  • Erwinville
  • Ethel
  • French
  • Frost
  • Geismar
  • Gonzales
  • Greenwell Springs
  • Grosse Tete
  • Hermitage
  • Jarreau
  • LakeandBaker
  • Lindsay
  • Livingston
  • Maringouin
  • Oscar
  • Plaquemine
  • Port Allen
  • Port Vincent
  • Prairieville
  • Ramah
  • Rosedale
  • Seymourville
  • Slaughter Grangeville
  • Sorrento
  • St Amant
  • St Gabriel Walker
  • Watson
  • White Castle
  • Zachary

Member Sign in

Community Membership

Get the latest Baton Rouge information direct to you. The BatonRougeDirect.info community membership keeps you up-to-date on what is happening in Baton Rouge. Its newsletter offers Web-exclusive articles, contests, event announcements, specials, plus much more.

Community Membership Sign Up!

Business Membership

Whether you are a business, organization, or charity, BatonRougeDirect.info is your best way of connecting to our community. BatonRougeDirect.info is a great way to network and to attract customers, clients, and members.

Business Membership Sign Up!

Geography of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge along with Tallahassee, FL and Austin, TX is one of the southernmost capital cities in the lower 48 United States.

Edit this paragraph

Baton Rouge's Government

Edit this paragraph

Baton Rouge's Economy and Industry

Baton Rouge is the farthest inland port that can process deep ocean tankers and cargo carriers. Baton Rouge is where those ships transfer their load (grain, crude, cars, containers) onto rail and pipeline to be transported to their final destination. Baton Rouge's biggest industry is in petrochemicals. ExxonMobil has the second largest refinery in the country here and among the top 10 in the world. Being the state capitol and the parish seat, the largest employer in Baton Rouge is the government. Due to state and local tax credits for the film industry, Baton Rouge is positioning itself as "Hollywood South" along with other Louisiana cities.

Edit this paragraph

Baton Rouge's Culture and Significant Events

Cajun culture is expressed through the local food, music and dance in Baton Rouge. Many events take place throughout the year, the biggest of which is Mardi Gras. Each March Baton Rouge hosts many Mardi Gras parades, the largest one being held in historic Spanish Town.

Edit this paragraph

Sports in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is a city that is heavily into college sports. The LSU Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars are the two most popular teams and provide the city's biggest entertainment each football season. Baton Rouge also has a minor league soccer team, the Capitals, who play in Olympia Stadium.

Edit this paragraph

Media of Baton Rouge

The major daily newspaper is The Advocate. Other publications include: 225, LSU Daily Reveille, Tiger Weekly, Southern University Digest, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, and the South Baton Rouge Journal. Other newspapers in East Baton Rouge Parish include the Central City News and the Zachary Post. Greater Baton Rouge area is well served by television and radio stations.

Edit this paragraph

Related Links