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Louisiana Parishes

Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes. On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the old counties (which continued to exist until 1845). In 1811, a constitutional convention organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term has been parishes.

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East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

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East Baton Rouge Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 440,171, making it the most populous parish in the state. The parish seat is Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capital.

East Baton Rouge Parish is part of the Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of East Baton Rouge Parish Name

the parish was named in honor of the French phrase b?on rouge meaning red stick. A red stick was used by local Native Americans to mark the boundaries between tribal territories.

Demographics:

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East Baton Rouge County History

Baton Rouge Parish was created in 1792 in the West Floridas area. The land was divided into E. & W. Baton Rouge Parishes in 1810. East Baton Rouge Parish was created on 1810, from Baton Rouge Parish and the parish was named in honor of the French phrase b?on rouge meaning red stick. A red stick was used by local Native Americans to mark the boundaries between tribal territories. The Parish seat is Baton Rouge.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 470 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 455 square miles (1,180 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (3.2%) is water.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: East Feliciana Parish
  • Northeast: St. Helena Parish
  • Southeast: Livingston Parish; Ascension Parish
  • Southwest: Iberville Parish; West Baton Rouge Parish
  • Northwest: West Feliciana Parish

Education

Sections of the parish not in Baker, Zachary, or the City of Central are zoned to schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

Baker residents attend the City of Baker School System.

Zachary residents attend the Zachary Community School Board.

Central residents attend the Central Community School System schools.

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