Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, sits 30 miles from the Mississippi River. Brick architecture and colonial columns give Baton Rouge homes a classic East coast look. The city is of great historic interest due to its political history, and the neighborhoods blend college-town amenities with a quiet way of life. The cost of living in Baton Rouge is almost 10% lower than the national average, while residents in many other cities across the country are seeing their cost of living skyrocket.
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The climate for Baton Rouge is considered humid subtropical. It has mild winters and hot summers, with the average summer temperature being in the low 90s. The average low in winter is just around 45 degrees, making this an excellent city for those who don't enjoy cold weather. Baton Rouge has many national protected areas that keep it from becoming over-industrialized. According to a 2010 article in Portfolio Magazine, Baton Rouge is considered one of the "Top 10 Places for Young Adults," and students make up about 33% of the city's residents. Baton Rouge also has a strong economy, and CNN listed it as the 9th best place to start a new business. It is a leader in technological advances in the American South, which keep it up to par with national advances. The average commute for Baton Rouge residents is just 22 minutes, which is less than the national average by 13%.
Baton Rouge has a rich culture due to its heritage and to its increasing diversity. Members of a Baton Rouge circus troupe performed at the 2012 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland after running their show at home. The city is rich in creole and Cajun culture, with both of these cultures having been present in the South for centuries. The neighborhood of Spanish Town has the city's largest Mardi Gras parade and is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Baton Rouge. For those who enjoy college sports, Baton Rouge will certainly be of interest. They house the Louisiana State University Tigers and Southern Jaguars football teams. The Tigers have one three national championships. The city also has numerous minor-league teams of various sports, including baseball and hockey. For those with families, East Baton Rouge has nine public schools that are U.S. Blue Ribbon schools. It also has a Magnet program that is nationally renowned. Those who are considering moving to Baton Rouge can browse our listings for sale in order to hone in their search. The city's old town charm mixed with its contemporary progress is bound to not disappoint.