|A city immersed in school spirit and French-rooted culture, Baton
Rouge can be much more than an old plantation lands turned residential areas and
If you're relocating as a college student, a small or
large family, or just because you're curious to see what the south is all about,
let this guide full of useful information and tips help assist you as you
consider calling Baton Rouge your new home.
Baton Rouge ClimateThe weather in Baton Rouge is generally
humid year round with a subtropical climate. Winters are mild and short-lived,
ranging from the low 40's to low 60's, but with a significant amount of
humidity. The summers are hot and humid, with highs averaging in the 90's, and
the city has moderate to heavy rainfall all year.
The area is also prone
to hurricanes and tropical storms because of its proximity to the coastline. The
most recent was Hurricane Gustav in 2008 - the worst hurricane to reach the
Baton Rouge area with 100 mph winds that knocked down large amounts of power
Baton Rouge NeighborhoodsDowntown Baton Rouge is the area's
central business district, but beyond that, there are many smaller historic
neighborhoods that make up the city of Baton Rouge, including Spanish Town,
which dates back to the Civil War and has the city's largest Mardi Gras parade,
and the historic Garden District in Mid-City with many upscale
Locals say to avoid areas like Gardere and North Baton Rouge
because of potential crime.
For the college student, the LSU/Lakeshore
area is home to LSU's main campus, and encompasses University Hills, University
Gardens, College Town, State Street and other areas. You'll find many college
students and locals jogging or biking around Lakeshore.
Registering Your CarIf you're a new resident to the state of
Louisiana, you have 30 days to switch your out-of-state driver's license to a
Louisiana driver's license. You must, in person, go to your local Office of
Motor Vehicles to apply. You will need your current valid driver's license,
proof of insurance if you own a vehicle, Social Security Card, and proof of
address. The Class E cost is $24.50 and does not include any individual parish
fees that may exist. Your registration must also be updated within 30 days of
residency. For more information, visit: OMV's policy and procedure.
Baton Rouge SchoolsEast Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools
operates primary and secondary education in the city, with over 90 schools and
has 15 charter schools in the area.
For higher education, Baton Rouge
claims Louisiana State University with a main campus, nine senior colleges and
three schools, comprising a 32,000-student enrollment. Southern University and
A&M College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Virginia College, Our Lady
of the Lake College and Baton Rouge Community College are also located in the
city, with Tulane University close by in New Orleans.
Baton Rouge EmploymentThe economy in Baton Rouge is centralized
around the petrochemical industry with producing and manufacturing, maintaining
a strong economy in comparison to national trends. In fact, Baton Rouge averaged
around a 6 percent unemployment rate as of December 2012. ExxonMobil holds its
facility in the city, and is the second largest oil refinery in the country and
employs over 4,000 people.
The largest employer is the Louisiana State
Government, which has over 25,000 employees. Baton Rouge has a number of
research hospitals that have steadily increased job numbers, as well as an
up-an-coming film industry thanks to the draw to neighboring New Orleans and
state tax incentives.
Living Costs in the CityThe overall cost of living in Baton
Rouge is approximately 7 percent lower than the national average, with home
prices averaging at about $150,000. Because it is mainly a college town,
apartment rates will vary and tend to be higher closer to campus, but a
one-bedroom apartment can range between $600-$900. The average salary in Baton
Rouge is between $35,000-$40,000.
Electric bills will be higher in the
summer due to the hot weather, and you'll most likely have hurricane offset
charges from bonds sold to pay for storm damage.
Since Louisiana is
dependent on big oil, you'll pay about $0.20 lower on average at the gas pump,
but you'll have to do a lot more driving than in cities where public
transportation is more prominent.
Baton Rouge Moving ResourcesMoving and storage companies are
ready and willing to help you with your move to Baton Rouge, whether you're
moving from out of state or from another county in Louisiana. Make sure you get
estimates from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at
least three estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your
moving service wisely with important
questions to ask, differentiating between types
of estimates, and mistakes
to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the
Baton Rouge TransportationBeing a major city in Louisiana, Baton Rouge is connected by some
main interstates and local roads. Major routes include Interstate 10, Interstate
12, Interstate 110, US 61 (Airline Highway) and US 190 (Florida Boulevard) via
the Huey P. Long Bridge, a truss cantilever bridge over the Mississippi River.
There's also LA 37, LA 67, LA 42, LA 30, LA 73, LA 1 and LA 19.
limited public transportation, traffic is heavy and almost 100 percent of Baton
Rouge's workforce uses a personal vehicle to commute to work using I-10 and
I-12. Capital Area Transit System provides transportation throughout Baton
Rogue, serving Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, and Louisiana
Culture & Contemporary LifeThe Great Expulsion of 1755
caused over 11,000 Acadians from Acadia (a colony in North America that included
parts of Quebec and Maine) to settle in areas around Baton Rouge, and they would
eventually call themselves "Cajuns" - a term used today to describe the southern
Louisiana culture infused with French origins and a distinct Cajun French
Cajun cuisine in the area is also one-of-a-kind, most known for
its flavorful array of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico like shrimp, oysters and
crawfish, generally boiled in a mix of intense spices.
College and NFL
football also takes front seat in Baton Rouge's culture. The Louisiana State
University's Tigers have won multiple national football championships and
Southeastern Conference championships, and have play at Tiger Stadium with
capacity of 92,542. The stadium, known to the locals as "Death Valley," is the
16th largest stadium in the world by capacity, and is unsurpassed for
Saturday night football atmosphere, according to ESPN, and boasts being the most
difficult place for an opposing team to play.
You'll also find avid New
Orleans Saints fans in Baton Rouge as well, as both Tiger and Saints memorabilia
is displayed all over the city. And in keeping with the Cajun culture, you'll
find south Louisiana distinctively displays "Geaux Tigers/Saints" or instead of
Baton Rouge Relocation Tips
- If you're moving on a budget, and don't want to hire movers to help unpack
your things, enlist some of your new neighbors. Locals are generally very
friendly and inviting, and are usually willing to lend a free hand.
- There are a lot of jobs in Baton Rouge, but many are field-specific. Do some
research before you move and make sure you have plenty of options in your field
- Prepare for hurricanes with non-perishables, water, flashlights, batteries,
etc. Louisiana offers a sales tax holiday right before the beginning of
hurricane season for such items. Also be aware that many people evacuate to
Baton Rouge from more southern regions of the state in the event of a
Information on how to change your driver's license and
registration over to Louisiana if you're moving from out-of-state
- City of Baton Rouge
Learn all about Baton Rouge's government within the
Parish of East Baton Rouge, including press releases and online services
Complete with maps, festivals and events, and highlights on
south Louisiana's Cajun cuisine, this website will help you navigate through
what the city has to offer
Baton Rouge's main source of up-to-date local news including
sports, features, entertainment, weather and more
- Louisiana Entertainment's website
All about the
entertainment industry in Louisiana, including state incentives for