- About Baton Rouge
About Baton Rouge
Named by French explorers as "the Red Stick City," Baton Rouge is where Louisiana's capital, flagship university, and distinctive Cajun and Creole cultures all come together. Located in Southeast Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the fifth largest city on the Mississippi River and home to Louisiana's largest parish. Strategically seated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Baton Rouge area's assets are integral to the nation's logistics and energy networks. Additionally, the city boasts a thriving arts culture and food scene making it a hub for unique festivals all year long.
A Brief History
Several flags have flown over Baton Rouge since its founding.
Learn about the City-Parish consolidation.
City & Parish Demographics
View demographics for the city of Baton Rouge and the parish of East Baton Rouge.
Quickly access information on who to contact in Baton Rouge.
Executive, Legislative & Judicial Operations
Learn how the three branches of government operate in Baton Rouge.
By having a consolidated government duplication of government services is eliminated, government efficiency is increased and cost is reduced. Basically, consolidated government is regarded as a more efficient way of running a metropolitan area.
State Government's Role
State government has long had a dominant role in the activities of cities and parishes.
Why We Have City-Parish Government
Unlike that of our rugged pioneer forefathers, life in our complex modern society has become one of interdependence.