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East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Seal of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting East Baton Rouge Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1812
Named for bâton rouge, French for red stick
Seat Baton Rouge
Largest city Baton Rouge
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

471 sq mi (1,219 km²)
455 sq mi (1,180 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 3.21%
 - (2000)
 - Density

906/sq mi (350/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

East Baton Rouge Parish (French: Paroisse de Baton Rouge Est) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capital. As of 2000, the population was 412,852. East Baton Rouge Parish saw an influx of 200,000 to 250,000 new residents following Hurricane Katrina, which temporarily made East Baton Rouge Parish the largest in the state. In March 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau released their population numbers from a study conducted in the summer of 2006 that found 19,264 new families living in East Baton Rouge at the time of the Census Bureau's count; this is 5% greater than pre-Katrina levels. Jefferson Parish is the state's largest parish now. [1][2] The parish has a total area of 1,219 km² (471 sq mi). 1,180 km² (455 sq mi) of it is land and 39 km² (15 sq mi) of it (3.21%) is water.

Major Highways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent parishes and features[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 31,153
1910 34,580 11.0%
1920 44,513 28.7%
1930 68,208 53.2%
1940 88,415 29.6%
1950 158,236 79.0%
1960 230,058 45.4%
1970 285,167 24.0%
1980 366,191 28.4%
1990 380,105 3.8%
2000 412,852 8.6%
Est. 2006 429,073 [3] 3.9%
East Baton Rouge Parish Census Data[4]

As of the census² of 2000, there were 412,852 people, 156,365 households, and 102,575 families residing in the parish. The population density was 350/km² (906/sq mi). There were 169,073 housing units at an average density of 143/km² (371/sq mi). The racial makeup of the parish was 56.17% White, 40.09% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 156,365 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.70% were married couples living together, 16.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the parish the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 14.40% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $37,224, and the median income for a family was $47,480. Males had a median income of $38,334 versus $25,073 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $19,790. About 13.20% of families and 17.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.70% of those under age 18 and 11.50% of those age 65 or over.

East Baton Rouge Parish has both the highest high school graduation rate, at 82.2%, and the highest percentage of residents holding at least a Bachelor's degree, 33.3%, in the state of Louisiana. [1].

Communities[edit | edit source]

Map of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Cities[edit | edit source]

Census-designated places and other unincorporated communities[edit | edit source]

Education[edit | edit source]

Sections of the parish not in Baker, Zachary, or the City of Central are zoned to schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System [2].

Baker residents attend the City of Baker School System [3].

Zachary residents attend the Zachary Community School Board [4].

Central residents attend the Central Community School System [5] schools.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Brown, Penny (Mar 22, 2007). "Census: EBR up 5% after storm". The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  2. ^ Brown, Penny (Apr 5, 2007). "La. growth below average". The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  3. ^ {{cite web|url= Baton Rouge Parish Quickfacts|author=United States Census Bureau
  4. ^ {{cite web|url= Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990|author=United States Census Bureau

External links[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 30°32′N 91°05′W / 30.54, -91.09

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