Baton Rouge, LA (population: 221,091) has seven astronomy schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas at Austin, the highest ranked school in this group with an astronomy program, has a total student population of 50,995. It is the 18th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Astronomy students from Baton Rouge schools who go on to become astronomers, astrophysicistss, lunar and planetary institute directors, national radio astronomy observatory directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,240 people working as astronomers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $102,740. Also, Atmospheric and space scientists make on average $85,160 per year and there are about 8,320 of them employed in the US today.
Baton Rouge lies in East Baton Rouge county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Baton Rouge area has 365,170 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $18.35/hr average worker wage, and a $38,170 average annual salary.
Of the 7 astronomy schools with a 500-mile radius of Baton Rouge, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Emory University comes out as the most expensive ($25,060/yr) for astronomy students, with University of Arkansas Main Campus as the lowest, reported at only $10,892/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Baton Rouge|
|Morgan City||LA||-||1||15.3517||26||52.1 miles|
|New Orleans||LA||206,720||16||21.1636||643||76.4 miles|
|Alcorn State||MS||-||1||24.4923||50||98.8 miles|