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Capital City:
Baton Rouge
State FLower:
Magnolia
State Bird:
Eastern Brown Pelican
State #18 Admitted to Union:
April 30, 1812
    People Facts Baton Rouge Louisiana
Population, 2003 estimate 225,090 4,496,334
Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003 -1.5% 0.6%
Population, 2000 227,818 4,468,976
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000 2.5% 5.9%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000 6.8% 7.1%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000 24.4% 27.3%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000 11.4% 11.6%
Female persons, percent, 2000 52.5% 51.6%
White persons, percent, 2000 (a) 45.7% 63.9%
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 (a) 50.0% 32.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2000 (a) 0.2% 0.6%
Asian persons, percent, 2000 (a) 2.6% 1.2%
Persons reporting some other race, percent, 2000 (a) 0.5% 0.7%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2000 1.0% 1.1%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2000 1.7% 2.4%
Living in same house in 1995 and 2000, pct 5 yrs old & over 49.8% 59.0%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2000 4.4% 2.6%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2000 8.8% 9.2%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000 80.1% 74.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000 31.7% 18.7%
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2000 20.9 25.7
 
Housing units, 2000 97,388 1,847,181
Homeownership rate, 2000 52.2% 67.9%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2000 $94,700 $85,000
 
Households, 2000 88,973 1,656,053
Persons per household, 2000 2.42 2.62
Median household income, 1999 $30,368 $32,566
Per capita money income, 1999 $18,512 $16,912
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999 24.0% 19.6%
    Business Facts
Wholesale trade sales, 1997 ($1000) 2,925,205 46,972,265
Retail sales, 1997 ($1000) 3,382,504 35,807,894
Retail sales per capita, 1997 $15,745 $8,229
Accommodation and foodservices sales, 1997 ($1000) 409,481 5,259,921
Total number of firms, 1997 19,631 295,679
Minority-owned firms, percent of total, 1997 18.7% 14.1%
Women-owned firms, percent of total, 1997 22.2% 23.9%
    Geography Facts
Land area, 2000 (square miles) 77 43,562
Persons per square mile, 2000 2,964.7 102.6
Counties East Baton Rouge Parish