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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. East Baton Rouge Parish was founded in 1812. The parish seat is Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capital. The name of the parish is derived from French phrase baton rouge meaning red stick.
East Baton Rouge Parish is part of the Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The parish was named in honor of the French phrase baton rouge meaning red stick. A red stick was used by local Native Americans to mark the boundaries between tribal territories.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
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 baton 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.
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.
East Baton Rouge Parish is located close to the center of Louisiana. Amite River, Bayou Manchac, and the Mississippi River flow through this parish.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:
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.