Is Baton Rouge Safe? Everything You Need To Know (Crime Rates And Crime Stats)


If you are thinking about visiting Baton Rouge and have some qualms about the safety of the city, we got you covered.

We are going to deep dive into the statistics, look at some maps, graphs and talk to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe Baton Rouge really is.

Is Baton Rouge, Louisiana Safe To Visit?

Statistically speaking, Baton Rouge is a not a safe place to visit. In 2020, Baton Rouge had the 8th highest murder rate in the country. It’s violent crime rate of 917.48 is 2.3x greater than the national average and it’s property crime rate of 4,651.16 is 2.4x greater than the national average.

is baton rouge safe

Here’s a scale to give you some perspective on Baton Rouge’s violent crime rate.

baton rouge safety index

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Crime Stats

Here’s a breakdown of all the crimes in the city for 2020 compared to 2019:

2019

2020

% + OR –

Homicide

70

102

46%

Rape

52

55

6%

Robbery

645

457

-29%

Aggravated Assault

1,299

1,473

13%

Burglary

2,258

1,898

-16%

Larceny

8,616

7,854

-9%

Motor Vehicle Theft

799

828

4%

Arson

133

146

10%

TOTAL

13,872

12,813

-8%

**All data is from the FBI UCR**

Baton Rouge’s Violent Crime Stats

In 2020 Baton Rouge reported 2,087 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 917.48 per 100,000 people.

  • The national average for violent crime is 398.5 per 100,000 residents. Baton Rouge’s violent crime rate is 2.3x greater than the national average.
  • Baton Rouge’s violent crime rate is 1.4x greater than the state average.
  • Year over year violent crime has increased by 1%.
  • It’s violent crime rate is on par with the national average and with cities like Philadelphia, Atlanta and Cincinnati.

Here’s a map showing you how violent crimes have trended in Baton Rouge over a 30 year period.

  • Violent crime peaked in 1993 when Baton Rouge reported 6,822 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 3,064.69 per 100,000 people
  • Violent crime has decreased 69% from its peak from 1993.

violent crimes in baton rouge graph

*Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults and the violent crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Baton Rouge’s Property Crime Stats

In 2020 Baton Rouge reported 10,580 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 4,651.16 per 100,000 people.

  • The national average for property crime is 1958.2 per 100,000 residents. Baton Rouge’s property crime rate is roughly 2.4x greater than the national average.
  • Baton Rouge’s property crime rate is roughly 1.6x greater than the state average.
  • Year over year property crime in Baton Rouge has decreased by 10%.
  • Baton Rouge has a similar property crime rate to Cleveland, Baltimore and Atlanta.

Here’s a map showing you how property crimes have trended in Baton Rouge over a 30 year period.

  • Property crime peaked in 1993 when Baton Rouge reported 29,705 violent crimes and had a property crime rate of 13,344.56 per 100,000 people
  • Property crime has decreased 64% from its peak from 1993.

property crimes in baton rouge graph

*Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson and property crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Baton Rouge’s Murder Stats

In 2021, Baton Rouge reported 102 homicides and had a homicide rate of 44.84 per 100,000 people. 102 homicides is the most amount of homicides reported in the lat 30 years.

  • Baton Rouge’s murder rate is 4.2x greater than the national average.
  • Baton Rouge’s murder rate is 2.8x greater than the state average.
  • Baton Rouge has a similar homicide rate to Chicago, Cincinnati and Washington D.C.
  • In 2021, Baton Rouge reported 121 homicides.

Here’s a map showing you how homicides have trended in Baton Rouge over a 30 year period.

homicides in baton rouge graph

Baton Rouge vs Other Cities In Louisiana

Here’s a graph showing you the violent crime rates of the 10 most populous cities in Louisiana. Baton Rouge’s violent crime rate ranked 5th highest among all cities.

baton rouge vs louisiana cities

City

Population

Violent Crime Rate

Monroe

47,702

2,932.79

Alexandria

45,275

1,877.42

New Orleans

383,997

1,358.08

Bossier City

62,701

971.28

Baton Rouge

227,470

917.48

Shreveport

187,593

913.15

Lafayette

121,374

586.62

Lake Charles

84,872

481.90

Houma

33,406

353.23

Kenner

66,448

267.88

Baton Rouge, Louisiana vs The Most Dangerous Cities in the United States

Here’s a list of the top 18 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rates. Baton Rouge’s violent crime rate is 2.6x less than Memphis, the most dangerous city on the list.

baton rouge vs most dangerous cities in the us

City

Number of violent crimes in 2020

Violent Crime Rate

Memphis

15,310

2,418.24

Detroit

14,370

2,248.44

St. Louis

6,017

1,995.17

Little Rock

3,657

1,805.11

South Bend

1,765

1,706.09

Cleveland

6,294

1,689.10

Milwaukee

9,407

1,629.70

Birmingham

3,166

1,577.22

Kansas City

7,919

1,558.58

Lansing

1,699

1,508.29

Springfield

2,545

1,504.35

Baltimore

8,552

1,404.20

San Bernardino

3,033

1,365.59

New Orleans

5,215

1,358.08

Albuquerque

7,552

1,337.68

Oakland

5,653

1,282.89

Stockton

4,023

1,254.04

Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Baton Rouge, Louisiana

most dangerous neighborhoods in baton rouge

  • Scotlandville
  • Tigerland
  • Lobdell
  • Prescott
  • Gardere
  • Winbourne
  • Plank Rd.
  • Zion City
  • Brookstown
  • Mid City North

Safest Neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Brightside
  • Garden District
  • Oak Hills
  • Spanish Town Historic District
  • Goodwood
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Capital Heights

Is Downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana Safe?

is downtown baton rouge safe

Downtown Baton Rouge is generally a safe area to visit during the day time. Most of the crime in downtown is concentrated in areas immediately north of downtown, south of the 10 and east of the 110.

At night, we recommend that you don’t venture out of the immediate downtown area, stay in well populated places and don’t stray off the beaten path.

Many residents complain that downtown is not a very fun place to visit and is pretty much dead after 5pm.

Is Baton Rouge, Louisiana safe from hurricanes?

Baton Rouge is not safe from hurricanes and is susceptible to them. In fact, no parts of Louisiana is completely safe from hurricanes. The further north and northwest you go, toward Arkansas and Texas, the less severe the hurricane will be.

Hurricane season in Baton Rouge is from June 1st through November 30th and the peak of hurricane season is mid-August to mid-October. Although hurricanes can and have occurred outside this time frame.

Is it safe to visit Baton Rouge during hurricane season?

It is safe to visit Baton Rouge during hurricane season, as long as you don’t visit when a hurricane is about to hit! Fortunately there is usually adequate warning when a hurricane is brewing in the area.

Check out https://www.nhc.noaa.gov before you visit. This is your best resource for tracking and monitoring storms. Another great website to check out is https://spaghettimodels.com.

Is Baton Rouge safe from tornadoes?

Baton Rouge is not safe from tornadoes and is susceptible to them. Tornadoes in Louisiana most often occur from March to May. Baton Rouge is in the path of a tornado alley called ‘Dixie Alley‘.

Dixie Alley stretches from eastern Texas and Arkansas across Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, and far western Kentucky to upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.

Is the public transportation in Baton Rouge safe?

The public transportation system in Baton Rouge is handled by CATS (Capital Area Transit System). and it offers 25 fixed bus routes.

It is generally safe to use the public transportation of Baton Rouge during commuting hours (8am – 6pm), however we do not recommend that you take the bus at night. You should opt for a taxi or ride sharing service instead.

What do residents of Baton Rouge say about it’s safety?

  1. "Avoid streets named after states and presidents "
  2. " Avoid Tigerland at all costs.
  3. "A good general rule of thumb is to never venture north of Florida Blvd."
  4. "North Baton Rouge is pretty dicey, and there are a few areas around LSU I would avoid, like Tigerland."
  5. "Anywhere north of Florida and east of I-110 you should avoid.
  6. "Stay away from North Baton Rouge."
  7. "Baton Rouge is patchy in the sense that there are terrible crime areas interlaced through all parts of the city."

Is Baton Rouge safe for women?

While there are no guarantees, Baton Rouge is generally safe for female solo travelers as long as you learn the layout of the city, avoid problem areas, stay in well lit/well populated areas and avoid walking by yourself at night.

Is Baton Rouge safe at night?

Baton Rouge is safe at night as long as you stay away from the sketchy neighborhoods mentioned above. You should be able to mitigate your chances of being a victim if you study the layout of the city and avoid areas where crime is high.

Streets and squares that are perfectly safe in the day can be questionable at night. Stay where the tourists go during the day and avoid any places that are outside normal pedestrian areas at night.

Is Baton Rouge’s tap water safe to drink?

The tap water in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is safe to drink. While the tap water in Baton Rouge meets the EPA health guidelines, it can still contain contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run.

The biggest concern with tap water is immediately after a hurricane or tornado, which can disrupt the flow of clean water.

If you have any concerns about the tap water in Baton Rouge, we suggest that you use bottle water for your drinking needs.

Tips to stay safe while visiting Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Check the weather forecast before you arrive. Make sure you are not arriving when there is a major storm system is about to touch down on the city.
  • Learn the layout of the city and figure out which areas you should avoid. Book your accommodations accordingly.
  • Save the sight seeing for the daytime. At night the situation can drastically change in certain neighborhoods.

A Few Things You Should Do While Visiting Baton Rouge According To Locals

things to do in baton rouge

Quick Facts About Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

United States

Population, Census, April 1, 2020

227,470

331,449,281

Population, Census, April 1, 2010

229,493

308,745,538

Black or African American alone, percent

54.7%

13.4%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent

0.3%

1.3%

Asian alone, percent

3.5%

5.9%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent

0.1%

0.2%

Two or More Races, percent

1.3%

2.8%

Hispanic or Latino, percent

3.7%

18.5%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent

36.6%

60.1%

Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019

$174,000.00

$217,500.00

Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019

$1,330.00

$1,595.00

Median gross rent, 2015-2019

$879.00

$1,062.00

High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

88.0%

88.0%

Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

33.2%

32.1%

In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019

64.1%

63.0%

Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$44,470.00

$62,843.00

Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$28,491.00

$34,103.00

Persons in poverty, percent

24.8%

11.4%

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