Retire in Baton Rouge

Affordability

Find out how much it costs to live in Baton Rouge.

Cost of Living

Kiplinger Rating:

Most Tax-Friendly

State Income Tax:

2-6%

Social Security Tax?

None

County + State Sales Tax

10%

Property Tax Rate *

0.5%

Property Tax Ranking (County Property Tax rank out of 2,773, higher rank=lower rate) *

2603

* 2008-2010

Cost of Living Index (100=average):

91.3

Housing + transportation costs as % of income:

49%

Tax Details

State Sales Tax Breaks for Seniors:

None

Pensions Taxed?

Mixed

Tax burden: % income going to state and local taxes:

7.6%

Inheritance and estate taxes (per Kiplinger):

None

Taxing of other retirement income (per Kiplinger):

Mixed

Property Tax Break for Seniors (per Kiplinger):

Homeowners who are 65 or older with adjusted gross income of less than $71,563 in 2015 can benefit from freezing the assessed value of their homestead for as long as the applicant owns and resides in the home and income does not exceed the maximum allowed. This benefit is lost if improvements in excess of 25% of the home's value are added.\n

 

For more detailed tax information from Kiplinger, visit www.kiplinger.com/tool/retirement/T055-S001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/

Real Estate

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Work Potential

  • Area
  • National Average

5 Largest Companies

  • State of Louisiana
  • Turner Industries
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools
  • Louisiana State University
  • City of Baton Rouge - Parish of East Baton Rouge

GDP Growth Last 3 Years

8.9%

Income Growth Last 3 Years

8.3%

Employment Growth Last 3 Years

5.4%

Top Industries Hiring

  • Construction
  • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Health care and social assistance

Breakdown Fulltime vs Part Time over 65 (%)

  • Part Time over 65
  • Full Time Over 65

Occupation Breakdown (%)

  • Management, Business, Science & Arts (MBSA)
  • Natural Resources, Contruction & Maintenance (NRCM)
  • Production, Transportation, Materials & Moving (PTMM)
  • Sales & Office (S&O)
  • Service

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