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Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States (30.44596 -91.18738)
Baton Rouge is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana. It lies on a low elevation of 56 to a little over 62 feet above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area 79.1 square miles (204.9 km2), of which 76.8 square miles (198.9 km2) are land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (2.81%) are covered by water. The city is located on the first set of bluffs north of the Mississippi River Delta's coastal plains. Because of its prominent location along the river and on the bluffs, which prevents flooding, the French built a fort in the city in 1719. Baton Rouge is the third-southmost capital city in the continental United States, after Austin, Texas, and Tallahassee, Florida. It is the cultural and economic center of the Greater Baton Rouge area.