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Baton Rouge (/ˌbætən ˈruːʒ/; French for "Red Stick", French: Bâton-Rouge [bɑtɔ̃ ʁuʒ] ) is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. The seat of East Baton Rouge Parish, the city is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. As the "Capital City", Baton Rouge is the political hub for Louisiana, and is the second-largest city in the state after New Orleans, with an estimated population of 228,590 in 2015, according to the US Census Bureau. The metropolitan area surrounding the city, known as Greater Baton Rouge, is also the second-largest in Louisiana, with a population of 830,480 people as of 2015. The urban area has around 594,309 inhabitants. Baton Rouge is a major industrial, petrochemical, medical, research, motion picture, and growing technology center of the American South. The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is the tenth largest in the United States in terms of tonnage shipped, and is the farthest upstream Mississippi River port capable of handling Panamax ships. The Baton Rouge area owes its historical importance to its strategic site upon the Istrouma Bluff, the first natural bluff upriver from the Mississippi River Delta. This allowed development of a business quarter safe from seasonal flooding. In addition, the city built a levee system stretching from the bluff southward to protect the riverfront and low-lying agricultural areas. The city is a culturally rich center, with settlement by immigrants from numerous European nations and African peoples. It was ruled by seven different governments: French, British, and Spanish in the colonial era, West Floridian, United States territory and state, Confederate, and United States again.

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Baton Rouge meaning ‘red stick’ in French, was named so by the French explorers. The name is derived from a red stick that the then natives used to mark the boundaries of the region. Baton Rouge tourism may not be as popular as its brilliant universities of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (LSU) and the Southern University, but it can still be given a go. The major points of interest lie within the campuses of the LSU itself. These include LSU: Mike the Tiger's Habitat, Tiger Stadium and the university itself. Then there is the Louisiana's Old State Capitol that is a one-of-its-kind specialty museum. If you have any interest in the military mechanism then a visit to the USS Kidd (DD-661) will delight you. The Louisiana State Capitol building, that you will come across several times while exploring the city will make you reminisce the Empire State Building! 

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Facts and Stats for Baton Rouge*

  • Pollution Statistics in Baton Rouge

    Know the pollution level of Baton Rouge before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Baton Rouge: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Baton Rouge for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Baton Rouge.

    • Burglary and Theft 62.5 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 69.64 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 69.64 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 73.21 (High)
    • Car Stealing 64.29 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 82.14 (Very High)
    • Attacks 60.71 (High)
    • Drug offense 82.14 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.43 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 60.71 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 44.23 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 71.43 (High)
  • Living in Baton Rouge - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 30.97 (Low)
    • Climate Index 86.44 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 21.38 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.56 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 78.7 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.64 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Baton Rouge

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Baton Rouge

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 50 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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