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.
East Baton Rouge Parish Education, Geography, and History
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.
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.
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
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.