10 Best Places to Retire



Baton Rouge, LA

Live After Five in Baton Rouge, LA

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo: Maggie Bowles, Visit Baton Rouge


  • Population 65 and Over: 11.2%
  • College: Louisiana State University
  • Liv Score: 562

Low taxes, strong investments in transportation, warm weather, an abundance of assisted living centers and many home health-care providers create an appealing atmosphere for retirees in Baton Rouge, LA.

Home to Louisiana State University, the state's capital city is filled with youthful energy, historic pride and Southern charm. Baton Rouge earned a high cultural engagement score, which reflects a high rate of resident participation in the many festivals, parties and events here.

Baton Rouge area temperatures range between 92 and 73 degrees during the summer and rarely get below 40 degrees during even the coldest snaps. Nearby swamps, gardens, golf courses and parks provide plenty of spaces for residents to enjoy a recreational activities ranging from hiking and biking to fishing, swimming and sports. Considered by many to be a runner-friendly city, Baton Rouge also host races throughout the year.

Blues, country, rock and Zydeco music pulsate from local venues nearly every night of the week. Big celebrations like the Bayou Country Superfest, Baton Rouge Blues Festival and Rock N Rowe, draw large crowds looking to get down. Restaurant Week, an event held twice a year, lets attendees sample the culinary offerings of local restaurants, the most popular of which serve Cajun and Creole creations.

With more than 32 hospitals, medical centers and clinics, Baton Rouge earned a high score for health care. A bus system allows residents to easily get around town without a car. The city takes good care of sidewalks, trails and pathways, making it easy to get around by foot as well.

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