East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
|East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||bâton rouge, French for red stick|
|Largest city||Baton Rouge|
|• Total||471 sq mi (1,219 km2)|
|• Land||455 sq mi (1,180 km2)|
|• Water||15 sq mi (39 km2), 3.21%|
|• Density||906/sq mi (350/km²)|
|Congressional districts||2nd, 6th|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
East Baton Rouge Parish (French: Paroisse de Bâton-Rouge Est) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 440,171, making it the most populous parish in the state. The parish seat is Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capital. The parish has a total area of 471 square miles (1,219.9 km2), of which 455 square miles (1,178.4 km2) is land and 15 square miles (38.8 km2) (3.21%) is water.
Adjacent parishes and features
- East Feliciana Parish (north)
- West Feliciana Parish (northwest)
- West Baton Rouge Parish (west)
- Iberville Parish (south)
- Ascension Parish (southeast)
- Livingston Parish (east)
- St. Helena Parish (northeast)
||West Feliciana Parish||East Feliciana Parish||St. Helena Parish|
|West Baton Rouge Parish||Livingston Parish|
|Iberville Parish||Ascension Parish|
As of the census of 2010, there were over 440,000 people, making it the largest parish in Louisiana. There are also 156,365 households and 102,575 families residing in the parish. The population density was 906 people per square mile (350/km²). There were 169,073 housing units at an average density of 371 per square mile (143/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 49.5% White, 45.9% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 3.8% 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. .
2008 and 2004 Election Results
Since 1980, East Baton Rouge Parish has been a bellwether in presidential elections, voting for the winner of the presidency in all but one election (it voted for George H.W. Bush in 1992) but not necessarily the winner of Louisiana. The 2008 presidential election helped keep the parish's status as a bellwether because Democrat Barack Obama won 51% of the vote and 99,652 votes. Republican John McCain won 48% of the votes and 95,390 votes. In the 2008 Senate election, Democrat Mary Landrieu who kept her job as a U.S Senator won 57% of the vote and 110,694 votes in East Baton Rouge Parish. Republican John Neely Kennedy won 41% of the vote and 80,222 votes. In the 2004 presidential election, East Baton Rouge Parish cast the majority of its votes to Republican George W. Bush who won 54% of the votes and 99,943 votes. Democrat John F. Kerry won 45% of the votes and 82,298 votes.
Census-designated places and other unincorporated communities
Law Enforcement Agencies
- Baton Rouge Police Department
- Baton Rouge City Constable (Ward 1)
- Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Police Department
- Louisiana State University Police Department
- Baton Rouge Community College Police Department
- Southern University Police Department
- East Baton Rouge Parish Constable - Ward 2, District 1
- East Baton Rouge Parish Constable - Ward 2, District 2
- East Baton Rouge Parish Constable - Ward 2, District 3
- East Baton Rouge Parish Constable - Ward 3, District 1
- East Baton Rouge Parish Constable - Ward 3, District 2
- East Baton Rouge Parish Constable - Ward 3, District 3
The 769th Engineer Battalion (Combat) a unit of the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in East Baton Rouge Parish. Two companies of this battalion deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008. Another company sized unit, the 927TH Sapper Company deployed to Afghanistan in 2008-2009. As of 2011 yet another company, the 926TH MAC (Mobility Augmentation Company) located in Baker, Louisiana has been alerted for overseas deployment. The 769th Engineers has two other companies, the 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company located in Gonzales, Louisiana and the 928th Sapper Company located in Napoleonville, Louisiana.
- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
- National Register of Historic Places listings in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
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- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
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- Baton Rouge City and Parish government's website
- Visit Baton Rouge
- Explore the History and Culture of Southeastern Louisiana, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
Geology and Geological Hazards
- Heinrich, P. V., and W. J. Autin, 2000, Baton Rouge 30 x 60 minute geologic quadrangle. Louisiana Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- McCulloh, R. P., 2001, Active Faults in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Public Information Series, no. 8, Louisiana Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- McCulloh, R. P., 2008a, The Scotlandville, Denham Springs, and Baton Rouge Faults — A Map Guide for Real Estate Buyers, Sellers, and Developers in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. Public Information Series, no. 13, Louisiana Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- McCulloh, R. P., 2008b, Field Trip Guide to Selected Locations Along the Baton Rouge Fault Trace Spanning the Pleistocene–Holocene Transition in Western East Baton Rouge Parish. Public Information Series, no. 8, Louisiana Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.