Moving to Baton Rouge, LA

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%.



The average annual temperature in Baton Rouge is 68.35 degrees. The average annual low temperature is 57.8 degrees, while the average annual high is 78.9 degrees. Baton Rouge’s hottest month is July, during which the average high temperature is 92 degrees, while the coldest month is January, when the average low drops down to 41 degrees.

Baton Rouge sees an average rainfall of 60.6 inches per year. June is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 6.42 inches, while November is the dryest month, with an average rainfall of 4.09 inches.


Baton Rouge has an annual violent crime rate of 9.52 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the national median of 3.8 in 1,000. Its property crime rate is 45.66 crimes per 1,000 residents a year, which is higher than the national average of 26.

Traffic & Transportation

Ask anyone who lives in Baton Rouge what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Baton Rouge spends 36.3 hours in traffic each year, with about 11% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Walk Score gives Baton Rouge a walk score of 41.

Cost of Living

Baton Rouge is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Baton Rouge has a regional price parity of 101.3, -7.5% below the average for US metro areas.


The median age in Baton Rouge is 34.3 years. 49.1% of the population in the Baton Rouge metro area is male, while 50.9% is female. 3.6% of the metro population is foreign born.

In terms of racial demographics, Baton Rouge is 36.3% Non-Hispanic White, 3.2% Hispanic, 55.2% Black, and 3.5% Asian.

87.9% of those over the age of 25 in Baton Rouge have a high school diploma, a lower rate than nationally. 31.9% of those over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree, which is lower than the national rate. 12.8% of residents have an advanced or professional degree.

In the 2016 presidential election, 43% of Baton Rouge voters voted for the Republican nominee, while 53% voted for the Democratic nominee.

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