LA has the 2ndhighest poverty rate in the nation. In 2022, 19% of residents lived below the poverty line (national average = 12.8%).
More than one quarter of Louisiana’s children live in poverty (26.9%).
The 70805 service zip code has a poverty rate of 41.3%, double the LA rate and three times higher than the national rate.
In 2021, Louisiana had the highest state murder rate.
149 people were murdered in Baton Rouge. That’s 35 per 100,000 people.
Of the 149, at least 120 occurred in the BR city limits with the 70805 and 70802 zip codes hit the hardest. Neighborhoods known to be plagued with gun violence after decades of poverty and disinvestment.
During 2021, 5,749 children were served through foster care because of child abuse and/or neglect.
Baton Rouge served 421 children in foster care, with a monthly average of 243.
The Baton Rouge Region received 5,524 reports of abuse and neglect in 2021.
With the combination of the Great Flood of 2016 and hurricanes, including Hurricane Ida most recently, 90% of homes in the area were damaged or destroyed. Thousands were left homeless and many housing providers’ facilities were flooded. The price of available housing increased substantially, while the availability of housing decreased drastically.
In the 2019 HUD Point-In-Time Survey, 353 people were homeless in LA. Due to COVID, a count was not completed for 2020. COVID complications and resulting cost-inflation has increased the number of people at risk of homelessness. We anticipate increased numbers.
Baton Rouge is 1 of 4 parishes in LA with the most reported trafficking victims.
In 2019, 543 minor sex trafficking victims (prospective or confirmed) were identified in Louisiana. 106 were ages 12 and under, with the youngest being 2 months old. Some providers did not report data, so the total cases are likely underreported.
Groups vulnerable to human trafficking include youth with foster care involvement, homeless and runaway youth, and youth and adults experiencing housing instability.
271 registered sex offenders live in the 70805 zip code as of November 2022.
Empower youth and families to escape the cycle of poverty and violence by connecting them to supportive services and developing them in these five areas: