Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana. The city is located in East Baton Rouge Parish.It is the second-largest city in the state.The city is also known as "Capital Area", is located in the southeast portion of the state along the Mississippi River.
Baton Rouge has a strong economy that has supported the city be ranked as one of the "Top 10 Places for Young Adults" in 2010 by Portfolio Magazine. It is one of the top 20 cities in North America for economic strength by Brookings. The city was ranked as the 9th best place in the country to start a new business by CNN in 2009. The city is home to one Fortune 500 company and one Fortune 1000 company, including Shaw Group.Southeastern Louisiana University and Our Lady of the Lake College both have nursing schools in the medical district off Essen Lane. Lamar Advertising Company has its headquarters in Baton Rouge. There has been significant development in post production facilities and movie studios in the region because of generous state tax credits.