35 Facts About Baton Rouge


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 at the Gulf of Mexico.

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Baton Rouge is a major industrial, petrochemical, medical, research, motion picture, and growing technology center of the American South.

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The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is the 10th-largest in the U S by tonnage shipped, and is the farthest upstream Mississippi River port capable of handling Panamax ships.

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European settlement of Baton Rouge began in 1721 when French colonists established a military and trading post.

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Since then, Baton Rouge has been governed by France, Britain, Spain, Louisiana, the Republic of West Florida, the United States, the Confederate States, and the United States again.

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Metropolitan Baton Rouge was ranked as one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U S, with 602, 894 in 2000 and 802, 484 people as of the 2010 U S census.

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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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Baton Rouge is on the banks of the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana's Florida Parishes region.

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Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish.

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Baton Rouge is the third-southernmost capital city in the continental United States, after Austin, Texas, and Tallahassee, Florida.

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Baton Rouge has a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters, hot and humid summers, moderate to heavy rainfall, and the possibility of damaging winds and tornadoes yearlong.

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Snow in the Baton Rouge area is usually rare, although it snowed in three consecutive years recently: December 11, 2008, December 4, 2009, and February 12, 2010.

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Baton Rouge enjoys a strong economy that has helped the city be ranked as one of the "Top 10 Places for Young Adults" in 2010 by portfolio.

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Baton Rouge is the farthest inland port on the Mississippi River that can accommodate ocean-going tankers and cargo carriers.

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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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Together with an emerging medical corridor at Essen Lane, Summa Avenue and Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge is developing a medical district expected to be similar to the Texas Medical Center.

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Baton Rouge has an expanding visual arts scene, which is centered downtown.

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Several smaller art galleries, including the Baton Rouge Gallery, offering a range of local art, are scattered throughout the city.

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Theatre Baton Rouge offers a diverse selection of live theatre performances.

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Baton Rouge is home to Forward Arts, a youth writing organization.

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Baton Rouge is home to Of Moving Colors Productions, the premier contemporary dance company in the city.

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Baton Rouge hosted Miss USA 2015 again on July 12, 2015, which was won by actress and Miss Oklahoma USA Olivia Jordan.

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The Baton Rouge Zoo is run through BREC and includes over 1, 800 species.

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Baton Rouge's served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 2004, and in the Louisiana State Senate from 2004 to 2016.

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Baton Rouge's was elected by the senate to serve as the Senate President Pro Tempore from 2008 to 2016.

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Baton Rouge Community College is an open-admission, two-year post-secondary public community college, established on June 28, 1995.

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The city of Baton Rouge is home to 27 charter schools with a total enrollment of an estimated 11, 000 students as of 2020.

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Until 1991, Baton Rouge had an evening newspaper, The State-Times—at that time, the morning paper was known as The Morning Advocate.

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Baton Rouge offer local government-access television-only channels on Cox Cable channel 21.

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Baton Rouge is home station to the Louisiana Army National Guard 769th Engineer Battalion, which recently had units deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Baton Rouge is home to 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, a reserve infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps located throughout the Midwestern United States consisting of about 800 marines and sailors.

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

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Baton Rouge has two US highways, along with their business counterparts: Airline Highway and Florida Boulevard.

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The city of Baton Rouge has a higher than average percentage of households without a car.

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Capital Area Transit System provides urban transportation throughout Baton Rouge, including service to Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, and Louisiana State University.

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