Poverty in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

What is the poverty rate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana?
The poverty rate in Baton Rouge is 26.0%. One out of every 3.8 residents of Baton Rouge lives in poverty.

How many people in Baton Rouge, Louisiana live in poverty?
57,143 of 219,643 Baton Rouge residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Baton Rouge compare to the rest of Louisiana?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Louisiana is 19.6%, meaning Baton Rouge has a significantly higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Louisiana.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Baton Rouge, Louisiana Poverty Rate

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

24.7% 15.3%

2011

23.9% 3.0% 15.9%

2012

26.7% 11.0% 15.9%

2013

28.0% 4.0% 15.8%

2014

24.4% 14.0% 15.5%

2015

24.5% 0.0% 14.7%

2016

27.8% 13.0% 14.0%

2017

27.0% 2.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

121,417

31.6% 25.2% 53.4%

Asian

8,135

20.1% 11.9% 3.6%

Other

2,912

22.7% 23.8% 1.3%

Two Or More Races

2,833

26.3% 18.4% 1.2%

White

79,215

17.9% 10.3% 34.8%

Hispanic

7,533

30.7% 22.2% 3.3%

What's the Poverty Rate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana By Race?

31.6% of Black residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the same as than the national average. 38,403 of 121,417 black Louisianians live below the poverty line. Approximately 53.4% of the total population of Baton Rouge, Louisiana are black.

20.1% of Asian residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 1,633 of 8,135 asian Louisianians live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.6% of the total population of Baton Rouge, Louisiana are asian.

17.9% of White residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is dramatically higher than the national average of 10.3%. 14,210 of 79,215 white Louisianians live below the poverty line. Approximately 34.8% of the total population of Baton Rouge, Louisiana are white.

30.7% of Hispanic residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 2,310 of 7,533 hispanic Louisianians live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.3% of the total population of Baton Rouge, Louisiana are hispanic.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is 24.6%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is 27.3%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Female residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana are moderately(10%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

25,855 of 105,101 males in Baton Rouge live below the poverty line.

31,288 of 114,542 females in Baton Rouge live below the poverty line.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Baton Rouge can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 41.8%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 18.6%.

Poverty for younger ages in Baton Rouge is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 35.0%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 37.3%.

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Baton Rouge can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 32.0%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 27.9%.

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 56.9%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have a Poverty Rate of 37.2%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Baton Rouge, Louisiana?

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

37.5%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

36.9%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

28.3%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

26.6%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

14.7%

75 to 84 Years Old

13.4%

Over 85 Years Old

9.7%

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana who were born citizens of the United States is 26.2%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 22.8%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana who were born as US Citizens have a higher poverty rate than those who were born citizens of a country outside of the United States.

Of the 207,328 residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana who were born citizens of the United States, 54,331 (26.2%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 2,812 (22.8%) of 12,315 residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Poverty Rate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The poverty rate in Baton Rouge is 26.0%.
Baton Rouge is in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Louisiana Poverty Rate by City
Here is a comparison of Poverty Rate by city(minimum 1,000 residents) in East Baton Rouge Parish.
City Poverty Rate
Baker 20.5%
Baton Rouge 26.0%
Brownfields 18.9%
Central 7.2%
Gardere 28.8%
Inniswold 5.9%
Merrydale 23.3%
Monticello 2.9%
Oak Hills Place 9.4%
Old Jefferson 6.2%
Shenandoah 9.7%
Village St. George 4.2%
Westminster 11.8%
Zachary 7.4%

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