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Best Cities 2010: Baton Rouge, LA

City: Baton Rouge

State: Louisiana

Best Cities Overall Rank: 69

About Baton Rouge:

Baton Rouge has a variety of food, including Cajun, Creole, French and Mexican, so your palate will never get bored.

Baton Rouge has eight Blue Ribbon schools and 5 NAEYC-accredited preschools, and an average pupil to teacher ratio of 14.8:1, putting this city at 40 for our overall education ranks.

County: East Baton Rouge

Population: 223,689

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Advocate 

Baton Rouge blogs:

RedStick Blog

Outdoors

Best of Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge's Facebook page: Follow Baton Rouge on Facebook 

Baton Rouge's Twitter page: Follow Baton Rouge on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 71

High School graduation rate 2008: 57.5%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 8

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 3.58

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 5

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.23

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.8

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,713

 

Health rank: 49

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.45

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1.67

 

Safety rank: 86

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2,690

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,202.56

Sex Offenders: 643

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 287.45

 

Economy rank: 22           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 7.90           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 506.96

Median Home ListPrice: $169,000                         

          

Recreation Rank:  16

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 5600           

Parkland per 100,000: 2503.47

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