Capital Region adds 100,000 residents; Ascension ranks first

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced that the Capital Region has added nearly 100,000 new residents according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau data.

The increase pushes the population total for the nine-parish metropolitan statistical area (MSA) past the 800,000 and achieves a major market designation for the region.

At the parish level, East Baton Rouge Parish is now the largest in the state, while the region’s Ascension and Livingston Parishes rank first and second, respectively, for decennial percentage growth rates, seeing population increases of over 40 percent.

As a major market, the Baton Rouge area will now count MSAs such as Raleigh, Kansas City, Richmond, and Charlotte as its peers. It is also an indicator that the region has sufficient population to support large corporations. At the same time, it creates an increased demand for the augmented infrastructure and enhanced community amenities capable of attracting these businesses and the talent pool which follows them.

During the same period, the state of the Louisiana saw 1.4 percent growth.

The data showed that the population for the Baton Rouge area jumped from 705,973 in 2000 to 802,484 in 2010, a 14 percent increase.