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January 6, 2023

Is Baton Rouge A Good Place To Live?

One of the first things most people think about when considering a move is the location. You’ll want to make sure that it checks off all of the important boxes that you’re looking for. You may ask: Is it a nice place to live? Is it family-friendly? Is it safe? Will I be able to find work opportunities? How is the culture?

At Alvarez Construction, we believe the Baton Rouge area is one of the best places to call home and will check off any boxes you have. And once you’ve decided that moving to Baton Rouge is for you, we’ve got the perfect homes to match this perfect location.

If you’re still on the fence about coming to live in Baton Rouge, here you’ll find some important and enlightening information to help finalize your decision.

5 Reasons to Move to Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge has the energy of a major metro area thanks to world-class universities and research centers while maintaining a small-town feel. Baton Rouge residents are passionate about sports and politics, and they share an unending love of music. This charming city offers opportunities typically found in a big city, along with the welcoming warmth of a close-knit community.


The cost of living in Baton Rouge is relatively affordable compared with other major U.S. metro areas. The median home sale price in Baton Rouge is lower than the national median. Louisiana boasts a low state and local income tax, and Social Security benefits aren't taxed here, making it one of the most tax-friendly states in the country. Unlike many cities, in Baton Rouge enjoying the city has to offer doesn’t come at a high cost. In fact, many of Baton Rouge’s best amenities are free.

Great for Kids/Families.

When it comes to education, Baton Rouge has 56 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, and 18 high schools. Locating a quality public or private school for your children will be an easy task. East Baton Rouge Parish has an outstanding magnet program. The middle school programs offer pre-engineering, visual and performing arts, and foreign languages. The high school level has specialty programs, including visual, medical, performing arts, business and governmental affairs, and more.

With dozens of museums and parks, Baton Rouge offers a range of family-friendly activities. The Knock Knock Children’s Museum offers 18 interactive learning zones where kids engage with skills like math and reading, and even practice lessons like learning to fly a plane. Families can head to the City-Brooks Community Park where they’ll enjoy activities like the splash pad or an outdoor movie experience.

Steady Job Market.

Known for its competitive jobs in engineering and health care, Baton Rouge offers exciting prospects for those seeking employment. Some of the largest employers in Baton Rouge are expanding and new ones are moving in. New housing construction = more construction jobs. New restaurants and bars = more food industry employment. The rising startup scene and global employers have helped make Baton Rouge Louisiana’s leader in job creation.

Cuisine & Culture.

Trendy bars and Southern-style eateries continue to pop up, keeping pace with residents' appetites. The city’s cuisine draws on influences from nearby New Orleans and Cajun country, embracing Southern tradition (gumbo, boudin, red beans and rice), while putting a new twist on Louisiana food. Diners looking to expand their culinary horizons will find an assortment of global flavors, with Honduran, Vietnamese, and even Venezuelan-Dutch fusion. Baton Rouge’s nightlife is equally as diverse as its restaurant scene. There is a slew of breweries and distilleries, and Baton Rouge isn’t short on creative cocktail bars either!

Vibrant culture, a famous food scene, cutting-edge companies — this is the Baton Rouge lifestyle. With year-round warm weather and a great Mississippi River location, the area moves at a slower pace while offering the opportunities of a flourishing cultural hub.

For the people of Louisiana, music is a necessity. The annual Blues Festival always has an impressive line-up of blues and jazz greats every year. Other festivals showcase everything from the city’s cuisine, (Crawfish King Cookoff), to its creative community (Louisiana International Film Festival), to its unique culture (Spanish Town Mardi Gras).

Great Sports City.

Home to Louisiana State University, the city has a close-knit community of college sports fans. During the fall, Baton Rouge is packed with LSU football fans who gather at Tiger Stadium, nicknamed "Death Valley," to cheer on their team. (FYI: Tiger Stadium is the 6th largest campus football stadium in the United States!) 

Other than football, the biggest outdoor sports in Baton Rouge are fishing and hunting. Fishermen have a choice of rivers, lakes, and bayous. Plus, the Gulf of Mexico is less than 150 miles away. The main type of fishing in Baton Rouge is for bass, catfish, and perch. A typical hunting season includes deer, squirrel, and turkey.

If you’re looking for other outdoor activities, Baton Rouge has the 4.31-mile walkable, bikeable Mississippi River Levee Path, and 184 parks that offer everything from rock climbing to paddle boarding lessons, all free of charge.

New Construction Homes in Baton Rouge, LA

The process of building a new construction home can seem a little daunting if you’ve never done it before – or even if you have. At Alvarez Construction, we are with you every step of the way! We have made the process as simple and easy to follow as possible.

Check out our 9 stages to owning your Alvarez dream home:  

  • Stage One | Pre-Construction And Permits
  • Stage Two | Foundation
  • Stage Three | Framing
  • Stage Four | Interior And Exterior Rough-Ins
  • Stage Five | Interior And Exterior Finishes, Part 1
  • Stage Six | Interior And Exterior Finishes, Part 2
  • Stage Seven | Interior And Exterior Finishes, Part 3
  • Stage Eight | Detail Finishes
  • Stage Nine | Closing

Our twelve communities in Baton Rouge are just a short drive from everything. And whether you’re commuting in the morning for work or heading out later in the evening for a night on the town, you are just minutes away from the hustle and bustle.

When it comes to designing our floor plans, we keep our buyers in mind. What is most important to them? What features will make their lives better? How can we stand out from “cookie-cutter” homes? Throughout our townhomes and single-family homes, you’ll find unique designs that enhance your lifestyle. Open layouts, outdoor living spaces, and large windows. We’re passionate about creating homes that feel good.

Contact Alvarez Construction Today!

So, is Baton Rouge a good place to live? From the history and culture to the affordable cost of living, to the higher education offerings, and more, we think so! And there’s still plenty more to brag about when it comes to this extraordinary city. If you’re considering a move to the capital city of Louisiana, consider choosing an Alvarez home. Contact us today and start enjoying the small-town friendliness and big-city convenience that are part of living in Baton Rouge.

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