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East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Seal of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting East Baton Rouge Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Seat Baton Rouge
Largest city Baton Rouge
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

471 sq mi (1,219 km²)
455 sq mi (1,180 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 3.21%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

412,852
906/sq mi (350/km²)
Founded 1812
Named for bâton rouge, French for red stick
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.brgov.com/

East Baton Rouge Parish (French: Paroisse de Bâton-Rouge Est) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capital. As of 2000, the population was 412,852. The parish has a total area of 471 square miles (1,219 km²), of which, 455 square miles (1,180 km²) of it is land and 15 square miles (39 km²) of it (3.21%) is water.

East Baton Rouge Parish is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Baton Rouge–Pierre Part Combined Statistical Area.

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Geography

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Major highways

Minor Highways

Adjacent parishes and features

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 31,153
1910 34,580 11.0%
1920 44,513 28.7%
1930 68,208 53.2%
1940 88,415 29.6%
1950 158,236 79.0%
1960 230,058 45.4%
1970 285,167 24.0%
1980 366,191 28.4%
1990 380,105 3.8%
2000 412,852 8.6%
Est. 2008 428,360 [1] 3.8%
East Baton Rouge Parish Census Data[2]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 412,852 people, 156,365 households, and 102,575 families residing in the parish. The population density was 906 people per square mile (350/km²). There were 169,073 housing units at an average density of 371 per square mile (143/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 56.17% White, 40.09% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 156,365 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.70% were married couples living together, 16.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the parish the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 14.40% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $37,224, and the median income for a family was $47,480. Males had a median income of $38,334 versus $25,073 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $19,790. About 13.20% of families and 17.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.70% of those under age 18 and 11.50% of those age 65 or over.

East Baton Rouge Parish has both the highest high school graduation rate, at 82.2%, and the highest percentage of residents holding at least a bachelor's degree, 33.3%, in the state of Louisiana. [1].

2008 and 2004 Election Results

Since 1980, East Baton Rouge Parish has been a bellwether in presidential elections, always voting for the winner of the presidency but not necessarily the winner of Louisiana. The 2008 presidential election helped keep the parish's status as a bellwether because Democrat Barack Obama won 51% of the vote and 99,652 votes. Republican John McCain won 48% of the votes and 95,390 votes. In the 2008 Senate election, Democrat Mary Landrieu who kept her job as a U.S Senator won 57% of the vote and 110,694 votes in East Baton Rouge Parish. Republican John Neely Kennedy won 41% of the vote and 80,222 votes. In the 2004 presidential election, East Baton Rouge Parish cast the majority of its votes to Republican George W. Bush who won 54% of the votes and 99,943 votes. Democrat John F. Kerry won 45% of the votes and 82,298 votes.[4]

Census-designated places and other unincorporated communities

Education

Sections of the parish not in Baker, Zachary, or the City of Central are zoned to schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System [2].

Baker residents attend the City of Baker School System [3].

Zachary residents attend the Zachary Community School Board [4].

Central residents attend the Central Community School System [5] schools.

National Guard

The 769th Engineer Battalion (Combat) a unit of the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in East Baton Rouge Parish.

See also

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office

References

External links

Geology and Geological Hazards

Coordinates: 30°32′N 91°05′W / 30.54°N 91.09°W / 30.54; -91.09



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