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Renter's Guide to Baton Rouge
Although New Orleans may be the Louisiana city to steal all the glory, Baton Rouge – the state capital – is a vibrant, beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage to boot. Baton Rouge is the second largest city in the State, smaller than New Orleans but four times the size of Monroe LA. It serves as the state’s political center as well as a hub for research, medicine, industrial and petrochemical engineering, and even entertainment.
Ranked as the 7th best city for first time homeowners, Baton Rouge also claimed a spot in Portfolio Magazine’s 2010 ranking of “Top 10 Places for Young Adults”. It was also named as one of the top 20 cities in the continent for economic and employment strength.
Baton Rouge is only 3 hours and 20 minutes south of Monroe, LA and about 1 hour and 20 minutes (via I-10) from New Orleans.
Baton Rouge’s extensive historical, economic, and cultural significance stems from its residents’ heritage, many of them descending from several African and European nations.
Baton Rouge weather is usually beautiful, with annual high temperatures of 78.9°F in the summer and annual lows of around 57.8°F during the winter. Additionally, its location on the Istrouma Bluff in the Mississippi River Delta protects the city and its inhabitants from seasonal coastal flooding.
Baton Rouge, LA Demographics
- Total Population227,549
Female 108,014Male 119,535
- Median Age31.1
Cost of Living in Baton Rouge, LA
As far as large metropolitan areas go, Baton Rouge is one of the more affordable options in terms of daily expenses – and not just in the American South, but compared to the United States as a whole. The average meal at an inexpensive restaurant in Baton Rouge will cost you $12.51, while a dinner at a higher-end restaurant for two runs for approximately $55 on average. A pint of beer is usually $3.00, while a medium cappuccino to spice up your morning commute costs around $4.12.
The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) – Baton Rouge’s public transportation – offers single trip services for $1.75, while children under age 5 are free to ride if accompanied by a paying adult. Senior citizens and students with valid IDs pay $0.35; monthly passes, which are valid for 31 days, cost only $56. Cab fare usually stays under $10 for services within the city.
Baton Rouge residents pay an average of $167.16 per month in utilities for a standard 915-square-foot apartment – including water, heating, garbage disposal, and electricity; this is slightly higher than the US average of $147.
Average Rent in Baton Rouge, LA
- Baton Rouge, LA Average Rental Price, December 2019 $1,020 /mo
Baton Rouge, LA Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0003%
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Living in Baton Rouge
If you’re searching for a city whose sense of history permeates the very air you breathe, Baton Rouge is the city for you. As a sort of melting pot of a varied number of cultures and ethnic groups around South Louisiana, the state capital is home to a diverse array of people of Creole, Catholic, and Cajun descent, as well as Baptists.
Downtown Baton Rouge is also home to a lively arts and performing arts scene and multiple designated cultural and arts districts such as the Perkins Road Arts District and the Mid-City Cultural District, which offer tax exemption incentives in order to draw in and support more cultural and artistic activity in the city.
The city provides a wealth of relatively affordable entertainment options, so you needn’t worry if you don’t earn a six-figure salary! Unfortunately, traffic in the city is a relative constant, so be prepared to spend lots of time behind the steering wheel if a car or taxi is your transportation of choice.
Things to do in Baton Rouge
There are lots to see (and eat) in the city! The bookworm in you can take advantage of any of the 14 local libraries. The city’s main library – located in Goodwood – even contains city and state historical archives to pore through. Each year, some of the things to do in downtown Baton Rouge include attending events such as the Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parades, the Bayou Country Superfest, the Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more.
Even the most casual of sports fans can’t help but be swept up in the city’s spirited, fierce love of the LSU Tigers. During football season, Tiger Stadium is home to more than 90,000 LSU Tigers fans. There are lots of hotels near Tiger Stadium also. For the less sports-inclined, the BREC Independence Community Park accommodates over 90 acres of family fun options, including a botanical garden and a place for the children and pets to play.
You can even gamble at night at one of the city’s several casinos – such as the enormous 1500-slot-machine monster L’Auberge, or test your palate with some Cajun food in Baton Rouge restaurants; local favorites include Burgersmith’s filet burgers, garlic fries, and turkey sliders.
Working in Baton Rouge
Petrochemical manufacturing and production are the city’s biggest industries. ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge Refinery is the fourth largest in the United States and the tenth largest in the world. Furthermore, LSU and the State Government serve as two of the biggest employers.
Baton Rouge, LA Households
- Total Number of Households86,241
Family 46,179Non-family 40,062
Children 22,139No Children 64,102
- Average People Per Household2.54
- Median Household Income$40,948
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$828
Education in Baton Rouge
Students make up for approximately a fifth of the city’s population; many graduates go on to live and work in the area, leading to a thriving and affordable social scene for young professionals and millennials.
Baton Rouge, LA Education Statistics
- No High School3%
- Some High School39%
- Some College23%
- Associate Degree5%
- Bachelor Degree18%
- Graduate Degree12%
Tips for Renting in Baton Rouge
Landlord-tenant laws can vary from county to county. There are no laws as to a maximum or minimum security deposit, though one-month rent is the norm. Regulations change frequently. Your deposit is supposed to be returned within a month. However, if the landlord violates this provision, you must prove you attempted to have it returned within a reasonable amount of time. Evictions by State Law can occur typically within five days after the lease ends, but the lease can specify a different period.
Consider obtaining Louisiana Renters Insurance to protect yourself when renting a place in Baton Rouge.
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