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 second 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.
Baton Rouge has played a significant role in the growth and development of the state and now serves as an economic hub and a political center, being the state’s governing body and capital.
The city serves as a transportation hub between several metropolitan areas such as Greater New Orleans, Greater Houston, and Greater Jackson due to its proximity to them. The city is almost 79 miles away from New Orleans and 56 miles from Lafayette.
Economy Of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge is a cultural and economic center of the metroplex of Greater Baton Rouge. It has been a major industrial area and a thriving spot for petrochemical production and manufacturing. It hosts the fourth-largest oil refinery complex in the country and the 10th largest globally.
The city attracted many other industries due to the proximity of the oil fields and abundance of natural resources such as gas and low-cost ocean and river transportation. The port is also considered a contributor to the economy of the city.
Some of the other industries that emerged were medical research, education, services sector, film, arts, and technology. Moreover, major companies take place in Baton Rouge and contribute heavily to its economy.