Thinking about moving to Baton Rouge?
You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than -1,778 people have moved to Baton Rouge, an increase of -0.8%. New residents are attracted to Baton Rouge’s suburban pace in a city that also offers the many opportunities of a prosperous cultural hub.
Baton Rouge is home to 227,715 Baton Rougeans. With an area of 76.9 square miles, Baton Rouge has a population density of 2,961 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.
The Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 835,175 people, of which Baton Rouge proper’s population makes up 27%.
One of Baton Rouge’s greatest strengths is its relatively affordable housing market. The median home value in Baton Rouge is $159,000, -21% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Baton Rouge is $115. Over the past 5 years, home values in Baton Rouge have increased by 4%.
Renters in Baton Rouge will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Baton Rouge is $1,351 per month, which is 6% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Baton Rouge have increased by 4.6%.
Baton Rouge’s economy has been a bit sluggish over the past few years. The Baton Rouge metro area’s GDP grew by 4% between 2011 and 2016, from $49.4 billion in 2011 to $51.4 billion in 2016, a total increase of $2. billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $61,611. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Baton Rouge is $52,427, 11% lower than the national median. Baton Rouge’s unemployment rate is 5.2%.