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Old 02-23-2007, 07:37 AM
 
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My husband and I are thinking about moving to Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas. Neither of us have ever been there, so we need some feedback. We live in Beaufort,SC right now, moved here from Panama City Beach, FL about a year ago. I am not finding what I am looking for here, and the house prices are unreal. I work in office setting, my husband is a very skilled trim carpenter. What are anyones thoughts on us making it if we move??I am not looking for rich and fancy, that is where I am now and HATE it! Stuck up people drive me insane. I am just looking for a place to feel at home in. What does everyone think???
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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You would like Louisiana, in general...humble people. The crime in the metro areas is bad, though...
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:03 PM
 
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My husband and I are thinking about moving to Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas. Neither of us have ever been there, so we need some feedback.
Is this a real question? You're always going to find people who either love or hate their town.

Facts:
Traffic in Baton Rouge is bad for a city this size.

Crime is bad north of I-12 in Baton Rouge.

Families move to the suburbs fir safety and better schools (Prairieville, Dutchtown, Denham Springs)

If you hate humidity you'll hate south Louisiana.

If you enjoy fishing, hunting and drinking you'll love south Louisiana.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, La
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My husband and I are originally from Mobile, Al, but have lived in Savannah, Ga for the past year. I'm not sure how similar Beaufort and Savannah are, but I absolutely adored Savannah, its much more liberal and generally a hundred times nicer than where we're from. The people are nicer, much more respectful, and while some are a bit snobbier, I was never treated badly.

That being said, I'm still from South Alabama. So I'm kind of biased against the socio-religion and total political-infusion of my home town, and I must admit at first was very reluctant to come back down to the Deep South. So far, so good, but Baton Rouge however, has still been a bit of a culture shock.

Firstly, the traffic here is at times horrendous. It seems some people just don't know/care how to drive. But besides that, people seem to either be really, really nice and laid back, or absolute classless jerks. So far, it seems to be about 60/40%.

I do really enjoy the local culture, but I just hope I can start to feel like I fit in eventually, since I'm an obvious outsider. Also, beware relocating to look for a new job. I left mine in Savannah to come here (husband got a big promotion) and as soon as I had a new one lined up the Governor enacted a state-wide hiring freeze which killed that. Not the best way to start off...
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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My husband and I are thinking about moving to Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas. Neither of us have ever been there, so we need some feedback. We live in Beaufort,SC right now, moved here from Panama City Beach, FL about a year ago. I am not finding what I am looking for here, and the house prices are unreal. I work in office setting, my husband is a very skilled trim carpenter. What are anyones thoughts on us making it if we move??I am not looking for rich and fancy, that is where I am now and HATE it! Stuck up people drive me insane. I am just looking for a place to feel at home in. What does everyone think???
Folks here are nice for the most part (obviously there are exceptions) but you should be able to fit it. I am not sure what you work in but construction is brutal right now so trim carpentry is going to be tough. I have some friends who do that and they have had to diversify. Home are expensive here as well so don't kid yourself in thinking it is cheaper here. If you go out of EBR then prices get better for recent/nice homes (although if you husband is in construction you could rehab a home in the right place (have patience, people here think they have gold).

good luck...
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:15 AM
 
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Home prices in B.R. are not out of line with any other city this size . Less expensive than many .
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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Home prices here are the same for any metro it's size so don't let the whiners scare you. The problem is people in Baton Rouge compare their housing market to that of New Orleans, Alexandria, north LA and Lafayette but they fail to realize that BR's market is more $ because this is the largest metro in Louisiana. If you want a dirt cheap home then don't live in the most populated part of Louisiana.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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It isn't the most populated area in Louisiana.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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It isn't the most populated area in Louisiana.
Fine. Most populated PARISH:

US 2010 Census:
E. Baton Rouge 440,171 residents
New Orleans 343,829 residents
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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You would like Louisiana, in general...humble people. The crime in the metro areas is bad, though...
Crime in the "Metro Area" is not bad. Crime in "North Baton Rouge" is bad. North Baton Rouge being the area between Florida Blvd. and Blount Rd.
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