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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Facts for Kids

Located in East Baton Rouge Parish, the city is the second largest in the state, and has a population of 229,553 people as of the 2010 census. The metropolitan area surrounding the city, known as Greater Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is a major industrial, petrochemical, medical, and research center of the American South.

  • The Port of Baton Rouge is the ninth 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, also known as the “Capital Area”, is located in the southeast portion of the state along the Mississippi River.
  • The area owes its historical importance to its site upon Istrouma Bluff, the first bluff upriver from the Mississippi River Delta, which protects the city’s residents from flooding, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
  • Since European settlement, Baton Rouge has been governed by France, Britain, SpainLouisiana, the Florida Republic, the Confederate States, and the United States.
  • A building boom that began in the 1990s continues today, with multi-million dollar projects for quality of life improvements and new construction happening all over the city.
  • Metropolitan Baton Rouge is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. (under 1 million), with 602,894 in 2000 and 802,484 people as of the 2010 census.
  • LSU and Tulane have both announced plans to construct satellite medical campuses in Baton Rouge to partner with Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Medical Center, respectively.
  • Southeastern Louisiana University and Our Lady of the Lake College both have nursing schools in the medical district off Essen Lane.
  • Baton Rouge Buildings Baton Rouge and Environs Baton Rouge has many neighborhoods both inside and outside the city limits: Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish is run by the Metropolitan Council.
  • Baton Rouge is a college city with Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana State University, Our Lady of the Lake College, and Southern University whose students make up some 20% of the city population.
  • Baton Rouge has an expanding visual arts scene, which is centered downtown.
  • The city also has a minor-league soccer team, the Capitals, who play in the PDL (USL Premier Development League).