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East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Parish of East Baton Rouge
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Region  Florida Parishes
Metro  Baton Rouge
Founded year 1812
Parish seat (and largest city) Baton Rouge
Area
 • Total 470 sq mi (1,200 km2)
 • Land 455 sq mi (1,180 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (40 km2)  3.2%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 456,781
 • Rank LA: 1st
 • Density 972/sq mi (375/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Districts 2nd, 6th
Website Parish of East Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge Parish (French: Paroisse de Bâton Rouge Est) is the most populous parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. At the 2010 U.S. census, its population was 440,171, and 456,781 at the 2020 census. The parish seat is Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capital. East Baton Rouge Parish is located within the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 470 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 455 square miles (1,180 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (3.2%) is water.

Bodies of water

Major highways

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Adjacent parishes

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 1,468
1820 5,220 255.6%
1830 6,698 28.3%
1840 8,133 21.4%
1850 11,977 47.3%
1860 16,046 34.0%
1870 17,816 11.0%
1880 19,966 12.1%
1890 25,922 29.8%
1900 31,153 20.2%
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%
2010 440,171 6.6%
2020 456,781 3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

At the 2020 census, there were 456,781 people in the parish. The 2019 American Community Survey estimated 443,763 people lived in East Baton Rouge, up from 440,171 at the 2010 United States census. Of the population, 5.7% were foreign-born, and 8.3% spoke a language other than English at home. There were 164,346 households and 45,760 businesses operating in the parish.

At the 2019 census estimates, the racial and ethnic makeup of East Baton Rouge Parish was 46.8% non-Hispanic white, 46.1% Black and African American, 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.2% Asian alone, 1.8% some other race, and 1.9% two or more races; Hispanic and Latin Americans of any race made up 4.2% of the total population.

In 2010, the racial and ethnic makeup of the parish was 49.5% White American, 45.9% Black and African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.0% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. About 3.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latin American of any race.

Of the 164,346 households at the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 6.6% of people aged 5 and under; 77.2% were aged 18 and older, and 13.7% were 65 and older. The median age of East Baton Rouge was 34, up from 32 at the 2010 U.S. census. In 2010, for every 100 females, there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

In the parish, the median household income was $54,948 and there were 194,326 housing units. East Baton Rouge Parish had a home-ownership rate of 59.8%, and the median value of an owner-occupied housing unit was $194,000. The median gross rent for residents was $933. Males had a median income of $55,862 versus $38,817 for females.

An estimated 61.2% of the parish was employed, and of the 45,760 businesses, 19,537 were minority-owned. Veteran-owned businesses numbered approximately 4,637.

National Guard

The 769th Engineer Battalion (Combat) a unit of the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in East Baton Rouge Parish. Two companies of this battalion deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008. Another company sized unit, the 927TH Sapper Company deployed to Afghanistan in 2008-2009. As of 2011 yet another company, the 926TH MAC (Mobility Augmentation Company) located in Baker, Louisiana has been alerted for overseas deployment. The 769th Engineers has two other companies, the 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company located in Gonzales, Louisiana and the 928th Sapper Company located in Napoleonville, Louisiana.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Education

Public primary and secondary education

Most sections of the parish are zoned to schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Baker residents attend the City of Baker School System. Zachary residents and residents of unincorporated areas around Zachary attend the Zachary Community School Board. Central residents, and those of a section of Brownfields, as well as some other unincorporated areas, attend the Central Community School System schools.

Other education

East Baton Rouge Parish Library is the public library system. The parish is in the service area of Baton Rouge Community College.

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