Baton Rouge, LA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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Population
831,310
0.342% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
Median Age
36.2

Poverty Rate
16.1%

Median Household Income
$57,843
0.77% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$193,100
6.1% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
389,300
0.00385% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Baton Rouge, LA had a population of 831k people with a median age of 36.2 and a median household income of $57,843. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Baton Rouge, LA declined from 834,159 to 831,310, a -0.342% decrease and its median household income grew from $57,401 to $57,843, a 0.77% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Baton Rouge, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (56.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (35.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.4%), White (Hispanic) (2.23%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.9%). NaNk% of the people in Baton Rouge, LA speak a non-English language, and 97.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Baton Rouge, LA are Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (6,799 degrees awarded in 2017), Baton Rouge Community College (2,666 degrees), and Southern University and A & M College (1,050 degrees).

The median property value in Baton Rouge, LA is $193,100, and the homeownership rate is 68.8%. Most people in Baton Rouge, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Baton Rouge, LA is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Huey P. Long, State Capital Park, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

Showing data at the state level for Louisiana. Hospitalization data for some states may be delayed or not reported.

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Louisiana, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Louisiana.

This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Louisiana (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Louisiana across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 58.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (38.4%), followed by Gary Johnson (1.87%). The most partisan county was LaSalle Parish, LA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Baton Rouge, LA is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Louisiana
58.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Louisiana
  1. 88.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 84.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Louisiana was LaSalle Parish, LA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Louisiana colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Louisiana over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Baton Rouge, LA have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Baton Rouge, LA is home to a population of 831k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.9% of Baton Rouge, LA residents were born outside of the country (32.5k people).

In 2018, there were 1.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (468k people) in Baton Rouge, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 292k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 19.9k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Baton Rouge, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    468k ± 850
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    292k ± 4.45k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    19.9k ± 4.23k
4.05%
Hispanic Population
33.7k people

In 2018, there were 1.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (468k people) in Baton Rouge, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 292k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 19.9k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.05% of the people in Baton Rouge, LA are hispanic (33.7k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Baton Rouge, LA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.9%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
32.5k people
3.88%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
32.3k people

As of 2018, 3.9% of Baton Rouge, LA residents (32.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Baton Rouge, LA was 3.88%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Baton Rouge, LA compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Age by Nativity

36
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
36
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Baton Rouge, LA was 36.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Baton Rouge, LA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Baton Rouge, LA residents was 35.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    30,501 ± 4,274 people
  2. Honduras
    28,358 ± 4,122 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,763 ± 3,356 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 30,501 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 28,358 and Vietnam with 18,763.

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Citizenship

97.1%
2018 Citizenship
97.4%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.1% of Baton Rouge, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Baton Rouge, LA was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

The following chart shows US citizenship percentages in Baton Rouge, LA compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    13,384 ± 1,784
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    7,993 ± 2,140
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    7,750 ± 1,594

Baton Rouge, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Baton Rouge, LA is $57,843. In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Baton Rouge, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $79,495, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $65,392 and $64,067.

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.56 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,815. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Baton Rouge, LA employs 389k people. The largest industries in Baton Rouge, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (54,085 people), Retail Trade (42,283 people), and Manufacturing (39,211 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,696), Manufacturing ($71,245), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,213).

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,843
2018 value
± $2,729
0.77%
1 Year Growth
± 7.15%

Households in Baton Rouge, LA have a median annual income of $57,843, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $57,401 in 2017, which represents a 0.77% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Baton Rouge, LA compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,054
Average Male Salary in Louisiana
± $1,713
$41,815
Average Female Salary in Louisiana
± $1,033

In 2018, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.56 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Louisiana
  1. White
    $54,325 ± $1,279
  2. Two or More Races
    $46,528 ± $8,199
  3. Asian
    $42,224 ± $6,418

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was White. These workers were paid 1.17 times more than Two or More Races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Louisiana.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Baton Rouge, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2018 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.468
2017 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2018, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.46% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Baton Rouge, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $79,495, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $65,392 and $64,067.

The following map shows all of the counties in Baton Rouge, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Baton Rouge, LA (130k out of 807k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    72,061 ± 2,206
  2. White
    50,691 ± 1,992
  3. Hispanic
    6,819 ± 720

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Baton Rouge, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

389k
2018 Value
± 12,466
-0.00385%
1 Year decline
± 4.6%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Baton Rouge, LA declined at a rate of -0.00385%, from 389k employees to 389k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Baton Rouge, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (44,752 people), Sales & Related Occupations (41,171 people), and Management Occupations (35,267 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Baton Rouge, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Baton Rouge, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (44,752 people), Sales & Related Occupations (41,171 people), and Management Occupations (35,267 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Baton Rouge, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.7 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.42 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.38 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Baton Rouge, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,248), Legal Occupations ($83,671), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,796).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

389k
2018 Value
± 12,466
-0.00385%
1 Year decline
± 4.6%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Baton Rouge, LA declined at a rate of -0.00385%, from 389k employees to 389k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Baton Rouge, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (54,085 people), Retail Trade (42,283 people), and Manufacturing (39,211 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Baton Rouge, LA, though some of these residents may live in Baton Rouge, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Baton Rouge, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (54,085 people), Retail Trade (42,283 people), and Manufacturing (39,211 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Baton Rouge, LA has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.74 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.47 times), and Construction (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Baton Rouge, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,696), Manufacturing ($71,245), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,213).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $81.6B
  2. $69.1B
  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($69.1B) and Basic chemicals ($38B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Louisiana.
$365B
2015 Value in Louisiana
$476B
Projected 2045 Value in Louisiana
30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $38.9B
  2. $36B
  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Baton Rouge, LA awarded 13,212 degrees. The student population of Baton Rouge, LA is skewed towards women, with 22,778 male students and 29,993 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Baton Rouge, LA are White (7,271 and 56.8%), followed by Black or African American (4,042 and 31.6%), Hispanic or Latino (529 and 4.13%), and Asian (390 and 3.04%).

The largest universities in Baton Rouge, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (6,799 and 51.5%), Baton Rouge Community College (2,666 and 20.2%), and Southern University and A & M College (1,050 and 7.95%).

The most popular majors in Baton Rouge, LA are General Studies (1,035 and 7.83%), General Business Administration & Management (570 and 4.31%), and Welding Technology (510 and 3.86%).

The median tuition costs in Baton Rouge, LA are $11,638 for private four year colleges, and $6,506 and $6,506 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 382 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 362 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 347 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Baton Rouge, LA was Registered Nursing with 382 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Baton Rouge, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,799 degrees awarded
  2. 2,666 degrees awarded
  3. 1,050 degrees awarded
$6,506
Median In-State Public
$11,638
Median Private

In 2017, the Baton Rouge, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College with 6,799 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,918
Degrees Awarded to Men
7,294
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 5,918 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Baton Rouge, LA, which is 0.811 times less than the 7,294 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Baton Rouge, LA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,271 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    4,042 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    529 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Baton Rouge, LA were to White students. These 7,271 degrees mean that there were 1.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4,042 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Baton Rouge, LA was $193,100 in 2018, which is 0.841 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $182,000 to $193,100, a 6.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Baton Rouge, LA is 68.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Baton Rouge, LA have an average commute time of 26.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Baton Rouge, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$193,100
2018 Median
± $5,466
$182,000
2017 Median
± $5,921

In 2018, the median property value in Baton Rouge, LA grew to to $193,100 from the previous year's value of $182,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Baton Rouge, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Baton Rouge, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$57,843
Median Household Income
± $2,729
302k
Number of Households
± 10,654

In 2018, the median household income of the 302k households in Baton Rouge, LA grew to $57,843 from the previous year's value of $57,401.

The following chart displays the households in Baton Rouge, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Baton Rouge, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Baton Rouge, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.8%
2018 Homeownership
68%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 68.8% of the housing units in Baton Rouge, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Baton Rouge, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

26.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Baton Rouge, LA have a longer commute time (26.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.84% of the workforce in Baton Rouge, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    84%
  2. Carpooled
    9.06%
  3. Worked At Home
    2.86%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Baton Rouge, LA was Drove Alone (84%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.06%) and those who Worked At Home (2.86%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Baton Rouge, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Baton Rouge, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

92.6% of the population of Baton Rouge, LA has health coverage, with 49.4% on employee plans, 19.5% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.36% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Louisiana was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,527 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Louisiana

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Louisiana.
$7,815
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Louisiana
$4,420
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,281
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,811
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.43%
Uninsured
49.4%
Employer Coverage
19.5%
Medicaid
10.7%
Medicare
11.5%
Non-Group
1.36%
Military or VA

Between N/A and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Baton Rouge, LA N/A by N/A from N/A% to 7.43%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Baton Rouge, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 17.2% prevalence
  2. 17% prevalence
  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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