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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Education and City Information

Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana. It is home to several colleges and universities that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Examine Baton Rouge's population, economy and school selections.

About Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge boasts the tallest capitol building in the U.S. This city has a population of 228,895 residents, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. The median household income was $38,790, based on 2010-2014 census data. Nearly 55% of residents are black, about 38% are white and 3.3% are Hispanic.

Numerous plantations are located near the city, offering residents and visitors a look at the area's cultural history. Riverboat casinos feature gambling and entertainment, or residents can visit the city's art districts and performing arts centers. The Louisiana State Museum is found here, along with the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum and several local sports teams. Some events in Baton Rouge include a Mardi Gras Parade, blues festival, Civil War ceremonies and Christmas light festivals.

Educational Opportunities

Baton Rouge is home to about 25 colleges, universities, career schools and technical institutes. One of the largest schools in the city is Louisiana State University, which ranked 62nd among the top public schools in the nation in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report. This flagship school enrolls around 31,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

Southern University and A&M College is also found in the city. Among its ten colleges and schools are a School of Nursing, College of Engineering and the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Baton Rouge Community College, Our Lady of the Lake College and Capital Area Technical College are just some of the other schools available to residents of this city.

Economy and Employment

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2015 estimates for Baton Rouge, office and administrative support occupations held about 55,000 jobs. Sales and related occupations had about 38,000 jobs, while construction and extraction occupations held nearly 37,000 jobs.

Major employers in Baton Rouge include Louisiana State University, Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil, and CenturyLink, a telecommunications company.

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