The mid-size city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is home to just under 229,000 residents. Young adults aged 15-24 will find no shortage of opportunities, as they account for a higher percentage of the population here (22%) than nationally (14%). With an average age of just under 36, the city's residents skew younger than most cities in Louisiana. In terms of housing, residents are fairly evenly split between renting (51%) and owning (49%) their residence. The average rent of $912 per month is roughly equal to the state average.
Averaging about 24 minutes, the commute time for Baton Rouge residents is quicker than the state average of about 25 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the most common mode of getting to work, chosen by 41% of commuters, while public transportation is not extensively used. A small percentage of workers commute on foot.
If you're looking for career options, Baton Rouge has a surplus. The four most common industries are retail, healthcare, entertainment, and education. Together, these industries account for 25% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any career path. With an average annual income of around $59,000, Baton Rouge workers earn about the same as their peers elsewhere in Louisiana. However, Baton Rouge compares less favorably to the national average of $73,345. Compared to the Louisiana average, Baton Rouge has a high concentration of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees, as 7% possess a Master's or a Doctorate. Furthermore, 12% have a Bachelor's degree.