Where Everybody in Baton Rouge is Moving From

Baton Rouge has something for almost everyone. It’s the state capital, a trade hub and home to Louisiana’s largest public university (Geaux Tigers), and it’s a great place to have a good time, especially if you enjoy Mardi Gras parades.

With such diverse offerings, it’s perhaps no surprise the area is attracting people. Short-term growth has been modest, but over the last several years, the area has gained nearly 25,000 new residents from other cities and states.

Let’s break that down. Between July 2016 and July 2017, the metro-area population actually declined slightly, going from 835,596 people to 834,159, a 0.2 percent decrease, according to the latest census data. During that time, the population of East Baton Rouge Parish also fell, dropping -0.3 percent from 447,731 to 446,268. (Louisiana has parishes rather than counties, and the Baton Rouge metro area includes multiple parishes, so it has a larger population than East Baton Rouge Parish does.)

But that doesn’t mean people aren’t moving here from other places. According to another census study, 24,117 people moved into East Baton Rouge Parish from other places between 2011 and 2015.

Where are all those people coming from?

The same study gives us a pretty good idea. A little more than half, it turns out, are coming from elsewhere within Louisiana. In fact, 59 percent (14,267 people) of domestic movers came from within the state, and 41 percent (9,850 people) moved from other states.

Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to East Baton Rouge Parish:

Movers outside of Louisiana:

Origin Number of overs Percent from out-of-state
Harris County, TX (Houston) 714 7.2%
Tulsa County, OK 248 2.5%
Tarrant County, TX (Fort Worth) 241 2.4%
Fulton County, GA (Atlanta) 206 2.1%
Hillsborough County, FL (Tampa) 173 1.8%

Movers from Louisiana:

Origin Number of movers Percent from in-state
Ascension Parish 1,719 12%
Livingston Parish 1,612 11.3%
Orleans Parish 1,245 8.7%
Jefferson Parish 1,168 8.2%
St. Tammany Parish 880 6.2%


U.S. Census Bureau

Elizabeth Whalen