Baton Rouge Information
Baton Rouge, French for "red stick", is the capital of and second-largest city in Louisiana. It is located in the southeast portion of the state by the banks of the Mississippi River. The city is rich in culture having served under seven governments, including France, Britain, Spain, Louisiana, The Florida Republic, Confederate, and the United States. This blend of cultures helps make Baton Rouge a fascinating city in which to live or visit. Baton Rouge is the site of a booming petrochemical industry as well as the seat of state government. Louisiana's flagship university, Louisiana State University, is located here. Recently IBM has located a large services center in the downtown area.
The city of Baton Rouge has a population of 229,553 as of the 2010 census. The metropolitan area, known as Greater Baton Rouge, has a population of 802,484 people as of 2010. Metropolitan Baton Rouge is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. Some estimates indicate that the Baton Rouge metro area could reach 900,000 residents in the near future.
The hospitals, consisting of Our Lady of the Lake, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital (affiliated with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital), Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Baton Rouge General Hospital are in the midst of an emerging medical corridor at Essen Lane/Summa Avenue/Bluebonnet Boulevard. Woman's Hospital is located further south of this area. The LSU School of Medicine OB/GYN Residency Program is located at Woman's and its residents rotate through Our Lady of the Lake as well as Baton Rouge General.
Southeastern Louisiana University and Our Lady of the Lake College both have nursing schools in the medical district off Essen Lane. Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center, an internationally renown facility which conducts clinical and biological research contributes to research-related employment in the area proximal to the Baton Rouge medical district.
Baton Rouge enjoys a strong economy that has helped the city be ranked as one of the "Top 10 Places for Young Adults" in 2010 by Portfolio Magazine and one of the top 20 cities in North America for economic strength by Brookings. In 2009, the city was ranked as the 9th best place in the country to start a new business by CNN. According to a working paper http://www.nber.org/papers/w20291 from researchers at Harvard University and the University of British Columbia in 2014, the five happiest cities in the U.S. all happen to be located in one state, Louisiana, which also ranks as the happiest state. Baton Rouge is one of these top five cities.
(population data adapted from Wikipedia)