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Baton Rouge's Real Estate Market
Baton Rouge Metro Area
Profile: Capital city / Industrial city / College town Location: Southeast Louisiana along the Mississippi River north of the Mississippi Delta Elevation: 64 Time zone: Central Standard Time
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|College-town amenities||Hot, humid summers|
|Future job growth||Uncertain future|
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Before Hurricane Katrina, Baton Rouge was a staid but fairly unattractive, ordinary city with a diverse economic and cultural base as state capital, petrochemical industry center, and college town. Hurricane Katrina brought as many as 800,000 refugees of all socioeconomic strata into the city. Some obviously fled temporarily but a sizable number, estimated at some 60,000 to 100,000, seeking the area’s relative geographic and economic stability, will stay. In part stimulated by growth and need and in part by designation as a tax-incentive rich Federal Gulf Opportunity Zone or “GO Zone”, the local economy is booming especially with smaller business startups and construction. The long term impact on the area’s population, economy, and amenities remains unclear.
Home to Louisiana State and Southern universities, Baton Rouge lies about 30 miles up the Mississippi River from New Orleans and 65 miles from the coast. A rich past as an ocean port, center for antebellum commerce, and Louisiana’s colorful political history adds spice to the local character. There are many points of interest along the shady streets with their gracious old homes. There is plenty to do: the university brings an assortment of cultural amenities and the active and renovated Mississippi waterfront area has restaurants, theaters, and historic buildings. Downsides include hot summer weather, poor air quality, the high crime rate typical of most of the state, and some ugly urban sprawl towards the east. The long term effects—both good and bad -- of the Katrina migration certainly bear watching.
The area is near the first evident relief north of the broad, flat delta plain extending to the south. Elevations rise from 25 feet to more than l00 feet above sea level. Yet the landscape is generally level in character, and the soil is wet. Lush wet forests of evergreen, live oak, and magnolia trees grow in the area. Especially to the west lie areas of mixed agricultural use, sugar plantations, and marshland, with areas of woodland and pine forest to the north. The climate is humid subtropical, with some polar influence during winter. Summer months are muggy with clouds, light winds, and abundant rainfall, but seldom exceed 100[dg] F. Showers occur every 1 in 2 days during summer. Winter months are normally mild with a few cold spells, lengthy periods of rain, and a few nights with below-freezing temperatures. It rarely stays below freezing during the day.
Interesting Facts about Baton_Rouge, Louisiana
As of 2014, Baton Rouge's population is 229,174 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -0.47 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Baton Rouge is $137,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.10 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Baton Rouge's cost of living is 9.90% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
Baton Rouge public schools spend $14,202 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.1 students per teacher in Baton Rouge.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge is 4.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Baton Rouge jobs have Increased by 3.12 percent.
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Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Baton Rouge's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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