Baton Rouge, LA

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2020 Population
222,191
0.874% 1-year decline
US Senator
N/ABill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
N/AJohn Kennedy
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
32
1.59% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
24.4%
1.47% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$44,177
0.659% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$185,000
6.32% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
103,137
2.92% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Baton Rouge, LA had a population of 222k people with a median age of 32 and a median household income of $44,177. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Baton Rouge, LA declined from 224,149 to 222,191, a −0.874% decrease and its median household income declined from $44,470 to $44,177, a −0.659% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Baton Rouge, LA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (53.3%), White (Non-Hispanic) (36.2%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.7%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.98%), and White (Hispanic) (1.87%).

None of the households in Baton Rouge, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.4% of the residents in Baton Rouge, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Baton Rouge, LA are Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (7,127 degrees awarded in 2020), Baton Rouge Community College (2,491 degrees), and Southern University and A & M College (965 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Baton Rouge, LA was $185,000, and the homeownership rate was 49.9%. Most people in Baton Rouge, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Baton Rouge, LA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Baton Rouge, LA is home to a population of 222k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 5.53% of Baton Rouge, LA residents were born outside of the country (12.3k people).

In 2020, there were 1.47 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (119k people) in Baton Rouge, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 80.4k White (Non-Hispanic) and 8.21k Asian (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. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    119k ± 2.68k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    80.4k ± 2.47k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    8.21k ± 1.05k
4.08%
Hispanic Population
9.07k people

In 2020, there were 1.47 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (119k people) in Baton Rouge, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 80.4k White (Non-Hispanic) and 8.21k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.08% of the people in Baton Rouge, LA are hispanic (9.07k 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

5.53%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
12.3k people
5.5%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
12.3k people

As of 2020, 5.53% of Baton Rouge, LA residents (12.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Baton Rouge, LA was 5.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

32
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
36
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2

In 2020, the median age of all people in Baton Rouge, LA was 32. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Baton Rouge, LA are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Baton Rouge, LA residents was 32.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    32,181 ± 4,389 people
  2. Mexico
    26,555 ± 3,989 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,801 ± 3,360 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 32,181 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 26,555 and Vietnam with 18,801.

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Citizenship

96.4%
2020 Citizenship
96.5%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.4% of Baton Rouge, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Baton Rouge, LA was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,360 ± 556
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,445 ± 498
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    918 ± 243

Baton Rouge, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.33 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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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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Employment by Industry Sector

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The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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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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Economy

Median household income in Baton Rouge, LA is $44,177. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Baton Rouge, LA was Census Tract 50 with a value of $109,205, followed by Census Tract 20 and Census Tract 49, with respective values of $96,923 and $94,787.

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.53 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,885. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Baton Rouge, LA employs 103k people. The largest industries in Baton Rouge, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,884 people), Retail Trade (13,317 people), and Educational Services (12,855 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($108,079), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($95,741), and Utilities ($59,375).

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,177
2020 value
± $2,704
−0.659%
1 Year Growth
± 6.86%

Households in Baton Rouge, LA have a median annual income of $44,177, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,470 in 2019, which represents a −0.659% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$67,090
Average Male Salary in Louisiana
± $1,720
$43,885
Average Female Salary in Louisiana
± $1,131

In 2020, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.53 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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. Asian
    $59,209 ± $10,115
  2. White
    $56,003 ± $1,297
  3. Two or More Races
    $51,003 ± $8,389

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Louisiana.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Baton Rouge, LA is from Louisiana.
0.465
2020 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2019 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2020, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.465 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.341% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 50
  2. Census Tract 20
  3. Census Tract 49

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Baton Rouge, LA was Census Tract 50 with a value of $109,205, followed by Census Tract 20 and Census Tract 49, with respective values of $96,923 and $94,787.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Baton Rouge, LA (52.2k out of 214k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. 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
    35,375 ± 1,986
  2. White
    12,230 ± 1,199
  3. Hispanic
    2,965 ± 522

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

103k
2020 Value
± 3,187
−2.92%
1 Year decline
± 4.25%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Baton Rouge, LA declined at a rate of −2.92%, from 106k employees to 103k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Baton Rouge, LA, are Sales & Related Occupations (11,413 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,430 people), and Management Occupations (8,413 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 Sales & Related Occupations (11,413 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,430 people), and Management Occupations (8,413 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Baton Rouge, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.6 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.48 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Baton Rouge, LA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($96,848), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($83,768), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,816).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

103k
2020 Value
± 3,187
−2.92%
1 Year decline
± 4.25%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Baton Rouge, LA declined at a rate of −2.92%, from 106k employees to 103k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Baton Rouge, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,884 people), Retail Trade (13,317 people), and Educational Services (12,855 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 (14,884 people), Retail Trade (13,317 people), and Educational Services (12,855 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Baton Rouge, LA has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.37 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.34 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.32 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 ($108,079), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($95,741), and Utilities ($59,375).

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Civics

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.

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

US Senators from Louisiana

N/ABill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
N/AJohn 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, excluding special elections, 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 Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Baton Rouge, LA awarded 11,683 degrees. The student population of Baton Rouge, LA is skewed towards women, with 21,353 male students and 30,757 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Baton Rouge, LA are White (6,367 and 56.4%), followed by Black or African American (3,210 and 28.5%), Hispanic or Latino (615 and 5.45%), and Unknown (374 and 3.32%).

The largest universities in Baton Rouge, LA by number of degrees awarded are Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (7,127 and 61%), Baton Rouge Community College (2,491 and 21.3%), and Southern University and A & M College (965 and 8.26%).

The most popular majors in Baton Rouge, LA are General Studies (1,247 and 10.7%), General Business Administration & Management (498 and 4.26%), and Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (393 and 3.36%).

The median tuition costs in Baton Rouge, LA are $13,409 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. 356 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 338 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 289 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Baton Rouge, LA was General Biological Sciences with 356 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. 7,127 degrees awarded
  2. 2,491 degrees awarded
  3. 965 degrees awarded
$6,506
Median In-State Public
$13,409
Median Private

In 2020, the Baton Rouge, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College with 7,127 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

4,911
Degrees Awarded to Men
6,772
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 4,911 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Baton Rouge, LA, which is 0.725 times less than the 6,772 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,367 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    3,210 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    615 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Baton Rouge, LA was White students. These 6,367 degrees mean that there were 1.98 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3,210 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Baton Rouge, LA was $185,000 in 2020, which is 0.805 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $174,000 to $185,000, a 6.32% increase. The homeownership rate in Baton Rouge, LA is 49.9%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Baton Rouge, LA have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. 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

$185,000
2020 Median
± $9,211
$174,000
2019 Median
± $2,993

In 2020, the median property value in Baton Rouge, LA grew to to $185,000 from the previous year's value of $174,000.

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.
$44,177
Median Household Income
± $2,704
85.1k
Number of Households
± 3,286

In 2020, the median household income of the 85.1k households in Baton Rouge, LA declined from $44,177 from the previous year's value of $44,470.

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 < $10k 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

49.9%
2020 Homeownership
49.8%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 49.9% of the housing units in Baton Rouge, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 49.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Baton Rouge, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Baton Rouge, LA have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.99% of the workforce in Baton Rouge, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.1%)
  2. Carpooled (9.98%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.66%)

In 2020, 79.1% of workers in Baton Rouge, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.98%) and those who worked at home (3.66%).

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 false.

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Health

89.9% of the population of Baton Rouge, LA has health coverage, with 39.9% on employee plans, 26.4% on Medicaid, 10.3% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 1.2% 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 East Baton Rouge Parish, LA see 1089 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.3% increase from the previous year (1075 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1318 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 242 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Claiborne Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (25.4%). Additionally, Sabine Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (50.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,089 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA

Primary care physicians in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA see an average of 1,089 patients per year. This represents a 1.3% increase from the previous year (1,075 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA 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

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$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

10.1%
Uninsured
39.9%
Employer Coverage
26.4%
Medicaid
10.3%
Medicare
12%
Non-Group
1.2%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Baton Rouge, LA grew by 4.75% from 9.67% to 10.1%.

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. 25.4% prevalence
  2. 22.6% prevalence
  3. 22.1% prevalence

Claiborne Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 25.4%.

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

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