Baton Rouge, LA

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Population

834,159

0.122% decline

Median Age

35.4


Median Household Income

$57,401

9.36% growth

Poverty Rate

16.9%


Number of Employees

389,315

0.815% growth

Median Property Value

$182,000

5.81% growth

About

In 2017, Baton Rouge, LA had a population of 834k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $57,401. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Baton Rouge, LA declined from 835,175 to 834,159, a -0.122% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,487 to $57,401, a 9.36% increase.

The population of Baton Rouge, LA is 56.5% White Alone, 35.5% Black or African American Alone, and 4.09% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Baton Rouge, LA speak a non-English language, and 97.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Baton Rouge, LA are Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (6,677 degrees awarded in 2016), Baton Rouge Community College (1,231 degrees), and Capital Area Technical College (1,055 degrees).

The median property value in Baton Rouge, LA is $182,000, and the homeownership rate is 68%. Most people in Baton Rouge, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26 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

Economy

The economy of Baton Rouge, LA employs 389k people. The largest industries in Baton Rouge, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,614 people), Retail Trade (48,007 people), and Manufacturing (38,299 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($62,198), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,255), and Utilities ($55,855).

Median household income in Baton Rouge, LA is $57,401. Males in Baton Rouge, LA have an average income that is 1.5 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,387. The income inequality in Baton Rouge, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,401

2017 value

± $3,128

9.36%

1 Year Growth

± 6.42%

Households in Baton Rouge, LA have a median annual income of $57,401, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,487 in 2016, which represents a 9.36% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,283

Average Male Salary

± $1,582

$41,387

Average Female Salary

± $1,067

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.5 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

  1. Asian

    $61,521 ± $10,475

  2. White

    $52,016 ± $1,199

  3. American Indian

    $46,307 ± $10,681

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.18 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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.

0.468

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.668% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 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 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Baton Rouge, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $70,561, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $67,396 and $60,471.

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

16.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Baton Rouge, LA (136k out of 806k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    75,521 ± 2,152

  2. White

    53,346 ± 2,078

  3. Hispanic

    6,676 ± 702

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

2017 Value

± 12,869

0.815%

1 Year growth

± 4.57%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Baton Rouge, LA grew at a rate of 0.815%, from 386k employees to 389k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Baton Rouge, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (53,747 people), Sales & Related Occupations (42,726 people), and Management Occupations (35,416 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 (53,747 people), Sales & Related Occupations (42,726 people), and Management Occupations (35,416 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Baton Rouge, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.96 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.34 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.3 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 ($73,996), Management Occupations ($71,839), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,775).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

389k

2017 Value

± 12,869

0.815%

1 Year growth

± 4.57%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Baton Rouge, LA grew at a rate of 0.815%, from 386k employees to 389k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Baton Rouge, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,614 people), Retail Trade (48,007 people), and Manufacturing (38,299 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 (49,614 people), Retail Trade (48,007 people), and Manufacturing (38,299 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Baton Rouge, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.78 times higher than expected), Construction (1.43 times), and Utilities (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Baton Rouge, LA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($62,198), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,255), and Utilities ($55,855).

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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

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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

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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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 the msa of Baton Rouge, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Baton Rouge, LA 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

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 neighboring states.

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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

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Baton Rouge, LA declined by 12.7% from 8.51% 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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Diversity

Baton Rouge, LA is home to a population of 834k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.88% of Baton Rouge, LA residents were born outside of the country (32.3k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Baton Rouge, LA is composed of 472k White Alone residents (56.5%), 296k Black or African American Alone residents (35.5%), 34.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.09%), 17.9k Asian Alone residents (2.15%), 12.2k Two or More Races residents (1.46%), 1.08k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.129%), 631 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0756%), and 331 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0397%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Baton Rouge, LA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Baton Rouge, LA was 35.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Baton Rouge, LA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Baton Rouge, LA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.88%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

32.3k people

3.62%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

30.2k people

As of 2017, 3.88% of Baton Rouge, LA residents (32.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Baton Rouge, LA was 3.62%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    30,006 ± 4,239 people

  2. Honduras

    29,778 ± 4,223 people

  3. Vietnam

    15,817 ± 3,082 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 30,006 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 29,778 and Vietnam with 15,817.

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Citizenship

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

97.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.4% of Baton Rouge, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Baton Rouge, LA was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    472k ± 362

  2. Black or African American Alone

    296k ± 2.94k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    34.2k ± 4.47k

In 2017, there were 1.59 times more White Alone residents (472k people) in Baton Rouge, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 296k Black or African American Alone and 34.2k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Baton Rouge, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Baton Rouge, LA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Baton Rouge, LA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Baton Rouge, LA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    11,404 ± 1,647

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    9,564 ± 2,569

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,660 ± 1,408

Baton Rouge, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Baton Rouge, LA awarded 13,102 degrees. The student population of Baton Rouge, LA is skewed towards women, with 23,102 male students and 29,900 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Baton Rouge, LA are White (7,148 and 56.5%), followed by Black or African American (4,120 and 32.6%), Hispanic or Latino (522 and 4.13%), and Asian (337 and 2.66%).

The largest universities in Baton Rouge, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (6,677 and 51%), Baton Rouge Community College (1,231 and 9.4%), and Capital Area Technical College (1,055 and 8.05%).

The most popular majors in Baton Rouge, LA are General Studies (726 and 5.54%), General Business Administration & Management (625 and 4.77%), and Registered Nursing (424 and 3.24%).

The median tuition costs in Baton Rouge, LA are $10,907 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. 371 degrees awarded

  2. 352 degrees awarded

  3. 350 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Baton Rouge, LA was General Business Administration & Management with 371 degrees 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. 6,677 degrees awarded

  2. 1,231 degrees awarded

  3. 1,055 degrees awarded

$6,506

Median In-State Public

$10,907

Median Private

In 2016, the Baton Rouge, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College with 6,677 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,725

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,377

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 5,725 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Baton Rouge, LA, which is 0.776 times less than the 7,377 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

    7,148 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    4,120 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    522 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Baton Rouge, LA were to White students. These 7,148 degrees mean that there were 1.73 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4,120 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Baton Rouge, LA was $182,000 in 2017, which is 0.836 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $172,000 to $182,000, a 5.81% increase. The homeownership rate in Baton Rouge, LA is 68%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Baton Rouge, LA have an average commute time of 26 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.

Income

Household Income

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$57,401

Median Household Income

± $3,128

300k

Number of Households

± 9,682

In 2017, the median household income of the 300k households in Baton Rouge, LA grew to $57,401 from the previous year's value of $52,487.

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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Housing

Property Value

$182,000

2017 Median

± $5,921

$172,000

2016 Median

± $2,976

In 2017, the median property value in Baton Rouge, LA grew to to $182,000 from the previous year's value of $172,000.

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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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%

2017 Homeownership

66.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68% of the housing units in Baton Rouge, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.5%.

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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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 3 cars.

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Commute Time

26 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Baton Rouge, LA have a longer commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.95% 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

    84.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.32%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.9%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Baton Rouge, LA was Drove Alone (84.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.32%) and those who Worked At Home (2.9%).

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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