BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge continues to grow economically, despite inflation worries in the nation.

A living wage is the theoretical income level that allows individuals or families to afford adequate shelter, food and other necessities, according to Investopedia.

When calculated, the living wage in Baton Rouge for two working adults with two children is $22.50 per hour. In comparison, for the state of Louisiana as a whole, the living wage for two working adults with two children is $22.69.

Census data shows that out of 316,649 households in Baton Rouge, the median household income is $63,270 a year.

The number in poverty in East Baton Rouge Parish is 84,936, or 19.2%, according to Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE). The living wage calculator lists the poverty wage for two working Baton Rouge adults with two children as $6.37.

“The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour in many states is not enough to raise a family of four above the federal poverty level, which is $27,750 in 2022,” said an Investopedia article on wages.

A brief comparing 2019 and 2021 poverty estimates said Louisiana had among the highest poverty rates at 19.6%. Louisiana was also among the highest proportions of people with income-to-poverty ratios below 50%, according to the brief.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber will be sharing its economic development priorities for 2023 on Friday, March 3.