Nicknamed B.R. and the Red Stick (le bâton rouge in French), Baton Rouge is the state capital for Louisiana and is America’s 16th-most highly populated state capital city.
Guinness World Records points to Baton Rouge as the site of a pro stock drag racing event where, on July 18, 2010, a gas-driven piston engine motorcycle reached the fastest speed ever at 197.65 miles per hour (318.08 kilometers per hour).
Turning to the business world, Baton Rouge served as headquarters for the large specialty chemicals firm Albemarle Corporation, Baton Rouge’s only entry on the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. As of June 2016, Albemarle’s head office was relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Examples of major businesses based in Baton Rouge are: coffee roaster and distributor Community Coffee; outdoor promotional signage firm Lamar Advertising Company; baseball bat manufacturer Marucci Sports and fast-food restaurant chain Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.
Louisiana shipped U$48.822 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Louisianian exports are refined petroleum oils, soya beans, corn, soya bean oilcake, crude oil and liquefied natural gas according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Baton Rouge was 4.9% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Baton Rouge, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Alex Box Stadium, Baton Rouge Zoo, LSU Rural Life Museum, LSU Tiger Stadium, Magnolia Mound Plantation, Pete Maravich Assembly Center and The Old Governor’s Mansion
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Baton Rouge, United States:
- Andy Pettitte, World Series champion baseball pitcher (born Jun. 15, 1972)
- Johnny Rivers, rock and roll singer-songwriter (born Nov. 7, 1942)
- Carly Patterson, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist (born Feb. 4, 1988)
- Odell Beckham Jr, professional NFL football player (born Nov. 5, 1992)
- Don Lemon, national news director (born Mar. 1, 1966)
- Shane West, actor & musician (born Jun. 10, 1978)
- Lynn Whitfield, actress & producer (born May 6, 1953)
- Randy Jackson, record producer & TV personality (born Jun. 23, 1956)
- Catherine Dent, actress (born Apr. 14, 1965)
- Donnie Swaggart, preacher (born Oct. 18, 1954)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Baton Rouge resident: Baton Rougean
Population: 228,600 (Baton Rouge city limits)
Density: 2,971 people per square mile (1,147 per square kilometer)
Population: 830,480 (Baton Rouge metropolitan area)
Density: 198 people per square mile (76 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$53.689 billion as of March 2015 (Baton Rouge metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $64,648
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Baton Rouge: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 30, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Guinness World Records, Pro Stock Motorbike, NHRA Drag racing, Fastest speed. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Baton Rouge official website. Accessed on May 30, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 30, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 30, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 30, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 30, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Baton Rouge city flag. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Wikipedia, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Wikipedia, Category:Companies based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Wikipedia, Baton Rouge metropolitan area. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Wikipedia, Louisiana. Accessed on May 30, 2017
Within city limits, Baton Rouge occupies 76.95 square miles (199.29 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 228,600 Baton Rougeans in 2015.
Including the city of Baton Rouge plus its surrounding rural municipalities, cities and towns, the Baton Rouge metropolitan area has a land area of 4,196 square miles (10,870 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 830,480 inhabitants.
At the city level, Baton Rouge’s population density is 2,971 residents per square mile (1,147 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Baton Rouge metropolitan area with an average 198 inhabitants per square mile (76 per square kilometer).
Baton Rougeans celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.