7 Facts About Baton Rouge

1. City of Baton Rouge has a higher than average percentage of households without a car.

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2. Port of Baton Rouge is the 9th-largest in the United States in terms of tonnage shipped, and is the farthest upstream Mississippi River port capable of handling Panamax ships.

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3. In 2010, Baton Rouge started a market push to become a test city for Google's new super high speed fiber optic line known as GeauxFiBR.

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4. The city of Baton Rouge is home to 15 charter schools with a total enrollment of 3800 pupils.

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5. Every year, Baton Rouge hosts many Mardi Gras parades, the largest one being held in historic Spanish Town.

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6. One of the largest single employers in Baton Rouge is the state government, which consolidated all branches of state government downtown at the Capitol Park complex.

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7. The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is the 10th-largest in the United States in terms of tonnage shipped, and is the farthest upstream Mississippi River port capable of handling Panamax ships.

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