East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

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East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Parish
Parish of East Baton Rouge
Official seal of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Seal
Map of Louisiana highlighting East Baton Rouge Parish.svg
Country   United States
State   Louisiana
Region Florida Parishes
Metro Baton Rouge
Founded year 1812
Parish seat Baton Rouge
Largest city Baton Rouge (population & area)
Population (2015)
 • Total 446,753
 • Rank LA: 1st
Time zone CST ( UTC-6)
 • Summer ( DST) CDT ( UTC-5)
Districts 2nd, 6th
Website Parish of East Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge Parish ( French: Paroisse de Bâton-Rouge Est) is the largest parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 440,171, making it the most populous parish in the state. [1] The parish seat is Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capital. [2]

East Baton Rouge Parish is part of the Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical 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. [3]

Bodies of water

Comite River

Major highways

Adjacent parishes

Government

The City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge have been run by a consolidated government since 1947, which combined the City of Baton Rouge government with the rural areas of the parish. The city and parish are served by the Metropolitan Council and the Mayor-President. BRgov.com is the official government website for the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge Governmental Building & former Courthouse (St. Louis Street)

The parish courthouse in Baton Rouge is one of twenty-six public buildings constructed by the contractor George A. Caldwell [4] In the 1930s.

In 2010, the 19th Judicial District Court moved into the new courthouse on North Blvd. [5]

The Jetson Center for Youth, a former juvenile prison operated by the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, is located near Baker in an unincorporated area. [6]

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%
Est. 2016 447,037 [7] 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]
1790-1960 [9] 1900-1990 [10]
1990-2000 [11] 2010-2013 [1]

As of the 2010 census, [12] there were over 440,000 residents in East Baton Rouge, making it the largest parish in Louisiana. [13] There are 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 49.5% White, 45.9% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 3.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 156,365 households, of which 32.80% include children under the age of 18. 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% aged 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 old. 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 parish household 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. [14]

Politics

Presidential Elections Results [15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 43.1% 84,660 52.3% 102,828 4.6% 9,003
2012 46.6% 92,292 51.8% 102,656 1.6% 3,223
2008 48.3% 95,390 50.5% 99,652 1.2% 2,307
2004 54.4% 99,943 44.8% 82,298 0.8% 1,401
2000 52.7% 89,128 45.3% 76,516 2.0% 3,345
1996 45.6% 77,811 48.9% 83,493 5.5% 9,343
1992 48.6% 81,072 41.2% 68,622 10.2% 16,997
1988 58.8% 86,791 40.2% 59,270 1.0% 1,523
1984 62.4% 95,704 37.0% 56,673 0.6% 891
1980 53.4% 71,063 43.1% 57,442 3.5% 4,663
1976 49.8% 51,655 48.1% 49,956 2.1% 2,196
1972 65.4% 52,648 29.3% 23,617 5.3% 4,277
1968 27.5% 21,661 27.7% 21,770 44.8% 35,250
1964 58.6% 36,964 41.4% 26,152
1960 31.5% 17,749 46.7% 26,326 21.9% 12,360
1956 56.7% 24,018 40.3% 17,072 2.9% 1,241
1952 46.0% 19,693 54.0% 23,105
1948 21.4% 4,585 39.9% 8,560 38.8% 8,319
1944 17.0% 3,025 83.0% 14,757
1940 11.7% 1,762 88.3% 13,303
1936 9.7% 1,069 90.3% 9,911
1932 14.0% 1,045 85.5% 6,363 0.4% 33
1928 39.6% 2,995 60.4% 4,575
1924 18.0% 611 81.4% 2,764 0.6% 19
1920 15.9% 442 84.1% 2,336
1916 7.9% 130 90.0% 1,482 2.1% 35
1912 3.6% 45 85.4% 1,067 11.0% 137

Since 1980, East Baton Rouge Parish has been a bellwether in presidential elections, voting for the winner of the presidency in all but two elections (it voted for George H.W. Bush in 1992 and Hillary Clinton in 2016) 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. [16]

In 2016, John Kennedy lost East Baton Rouge Parish in his otherwise highly successful U.S. Senate race against the Democratic Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, who prevailed 52-48 percent. By a nearly identical margin, Democrat Sharon Weston Broome defeated the Republican Bodi White to claim the Baton Rouge Mayor-President position to succeed Democrat Kip Holden, who like Broome is African-American. [17]

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. [18]

Baker residents attend the City of Baker School System. [19]

Zachary residents attend the Zachary Community School Board. [20]

Central residents attend the Central Community School System [21] schools.

Law enforcement

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


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