Baton Rouge has the 85th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 0.4% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Unemployment in the Baton Rouge area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Baton Rouge has the 58th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Baton Rouge is below average at $43,700, and the median cost of a home in Baton Rouge is $154,000, which is below the national average. 32% of workers in Baton Rouge hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 85% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Baton Rouge. 82% of Baton Rouge workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 5% walk. People in Baton Rouge spend an average of 21 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.