Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge: The capital of Louisiana. It is located on the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana. Baton Rouge is known for its many historical sites, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Louisiana State Capitol and the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial & Museum.


Baton Rouge is a city located in the county of East Baton Rouge Parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its population at the 2010 census was 229,493 and a population density of 1,006 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 219,052 inhabitants.

The city was created 324 years ago in 1698.

Baton Rouge is the capital city of the state of Louisiana. With a population of around 220,000, it is the second most populous city in Louisiana after New Orleans.

History and Origins

Baton Rouge was founded by French explorers in 1699 and was incorporated as a town in 1817. It became Louisiana's state capital in 1880.

Key historical facts:

  • Named Bâton Rouge, French for "Red Stick", by early French explorers
  • Originated as a French military outpost and trading post
  • Became Louisiana's capital in 1880 under Governor Huey P. Long
  • Home to one of the largest petrochemical industries in the country

Economy and Major Industries

Major economic drivers include government, education, industrial manufacturing, and healthcare. Top employers include:

  • State government and offices
  • Louisiana State University
  • Turner Industries heavy construction
  • Our Lady of the Lake Hospital

Attractions and Things to Do

Popular sites include:

  • Louisiana State Capitol, the tallest state capitol building
  • LSU Tiger Stadium for college football games
  • USS Kidd naval warship museum
  • Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
  • Bars and restaurants in downtown's entertainment districts

Baton Rouge offers a blend of Cajun culture, plantations, and nightlife.

Baton Rouge locator map
Location of Baton Rouge on Louisiana map.

Quick Facts about Baton Rouge

Population : 219,052 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Louisiana (United States)
County : East Baton Rouge Parish
Postal code : 70801
Phone Area Codes : 225
Area : 228.23 km2
Official name : Baton Rouge
Altitude : 56 feet / 17 meters
Capital city : Baton Rouge is capital of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Establishment : January 01, 1699 (324 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−06:00
Local time : 19:40:55 (28th September 2023)
Density : 960 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -4.77% (2010-2020)
Baton Rouge Louisiana waterfront aerial view image
Baton Rouge Louisiana waterfront aerial view
Baton Rouge Louisiana waterfront aerial view image


Baton Rouge is located at 30°26'36"N 91°11'15"W (30.4433200, -91.1874700).

Baton Rouge map

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According to census records, the population of Baton Rouge decreased by 4.77% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 229,493 - census
2011 228,643 -0.37% estimation process
2012 228,889 0.11% estimation process
2013 228,346 -0.24% estimation process
2014 227,851 -0.22% estimation process
2015 227,202 -0.29% estimation process
2016 226,686 -0.23% estimation process
2017 224,414 -1.01% estimation process
2018 222,190 -1% estimation process
2019 220,236 -0.89% estimation process
2020 219,052 -0.54% estimation process

Baton Rouge zip code is 70801. County name: East Baton Rouge, County fips: 22033

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People born in Baton Rouge (200)

People born in Baton Rouge, including actor Kevin Rankin, basketball player Derrick Taylor, rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana Boosie Badazz, .


  • Anne LeBaron (American composer) she was born in 30/05/1953
  • Seimone Augustus (basketball player) she was born in 30/04/1984
  • Stormy Daniels (American movie actress and director) she was born in 17/03/1979
  • Shane West (American actor) he was born in 10/06/1978
  • Carly Patterson (former American gymnast) she was born in 04/02/1988
  • Cameron Richardson (American actress) she was born in 11/09/1979
  • Danielle Scott-Arruda (volleyball player) she was born in 01/10/1972
  • Stephanie Swift (American movie actress) she was born in 07/02/1972
  • Helen Prejean (advocate for the abolition of the death penalty) she was born in 21/04/1939
  • Bobby Jindal (American politician; two-term Governor of Louisiana) he was born in 10/06/1971
  • Barry Seal (American smuggler of drugs and arms, airplane pilot, and money launderer) he was born in 16/07/1939
  • David Andrews (actor) he was born in 02/11/1952
  • Joe Brown (boxer) he was born in 18/05/1926
  • Randy Jackson (American bassist, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality) he was born in 23/06/1956
  • Glen Davis (American basketball player) he was born in 01/01/1986
  • Jim Taylor (American footballer (1935-2018)) he was born in 20/09/1935
  • Stephen Gostkowski (American football player, placekicker) he was born in 28/01/1984
  • Bob Pettit (American basketball player and coach) he was born in 12/12/1932

Schools in Baton Rouge

College & universities near Baton Rouge, LA

Code Name City ZIP
158325 Baton Rouge General Medical Center-School of Nursing Baton Rouge (LA) 70806
159391 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge (LA) 70803-2750
484686 University of Phoenix-Louisiana Baton Rouge (LA) 70808
437103 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge (LA) 70806
366270 Delta College of Arts & Technology Baton Rouge (LA) 70806-1529

Stations (6)

Amtrak & bus stations near Baton Rouge, LA

Code Name Address Type
BTR Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1253 Florida St. BUS
HMD Hammond 404 N.E. Railroad Ave. RAIL
NIB New Iberia West Washington St. RAIL
LFT Lafayette 133 East Grant St. RAIL
SCH Schriever Hwy 20 and Hwy 24 RAIL

Post offices near Baton Rouge

Post Office Name City ZIP
Baton Roug Post Office Baton Rouge (LA) 70801
Capitol Post Office Baton Rouge (LA) 70802
Port Allen Post Office Port Allen (LA) 70767
Audubon Post Office Baton Rouge (LA) 70806
Southea Post Office Baton Rouge (LA) 70808

Other cities in East Baton Rouge Parish

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in East Baton Rouge Parish , LA.

City Name Population Title
Central 29,450 Suburb city of Baton Rouge, located in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
Zachary 18,417 City in Louisiana, United States
Shenandoah 18,399 City in Fremont and Page Counties in the U.
Baker 12,999 Suburb city of Baton Rouge, located in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
Gardere 10,580 City in Louisiana, United States of America
Merrydale 9,772 City in Louisiana, United States of America
Oak Hills Place 8,195 City in Louisiana, United States of America
Village Saint George 7,104 Census-designated place in Louisiana, United States
Old Jefferson 6,980 City in Louisiana, United States of America
Inniswold 6,180 City in Louisiana, United States of America
Brownsfield 5,401 Unincorporated suburban community and census-designated place in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Baton Rouge distances to largest Louisiana cities