Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s “Capital City” has been named one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Greater Baton Rouge is now home to more than 800,000, making it the second largest city in Louisiana. The urban area, with nearly a half million residents, is a central hub of business activity.
Baton Rouge is home to major oil and chemical industries, medical institutions and research centers, new technology centers and a thriving educational system, including an award-winning system of public schools rated among the best in the state. Louisiana State and Southern Universities are headquartered here, bringing their own brand of continual contributions to the city.
Since Baton Rouge is situated on the first bluffs north of the Mississippi Delta, natural levees originally protected the area, which now includes the ninth largest port in the United States. Red Stick, as it is often known (and the true translation from the French), was first incorporated in 1817, and has been the state’s capital since 1849 (except for a brief period during the Civil War). The political home base and its many facets have always fed the city’s real estate market.
Homebuyers in search of properties in a thriving city that has always been an integral part of Louisiana’s economic, historic and cultural history should look no further than Baton Rouge. Architectural styles run the gamut, from historical mansion homes along the Mississippi River to the most contemporary of new construction in perfectly planned communities in various parts of town. Lush state parks and arboretums are also located in Louisiana’s Capital City.
A dynamic and revitalized downtown, home to dozens of performing arts centers, visual art galleries and music clubs, has also contributed to the revitalization of Baton Rouge. The bustling Cortana Mall and Mall of Louisiana complement the many boutique shopping areas through town. The cuisine of Baton Rouge offers something for everyone, from classic Cajun and Creole restaurants to fine dining establishments designed to rival the best the nation has to offer.
After Hurricane Katrina, which caused damage throughout southeast Louisiana, Baton Rouge welcomed more than 200,000 temporary and many eventually permanent residents who found the metropolitan area a welcome fit in difficult times. A combination of Southern charm and business acumen has helped thrust Baton Rouge into the spotlight as one of the best places to live in Louisiana and the Gulf South.