West Baton Rouge Parish is primarily a rural parish with four small towns and a population of 21,717. Residents enjoy the tranquil setting of country living, yet have all the benefits of close proximity to metropolitan areas, business and industry. There has been substantial development in the petrol-chemical industry, and four major plants line the Mississippi River. There are some 40 farmers growing agronomic crops on 23,418 acres. West Baton Rouge also has 75 cattlemen with 2,900 head of mature cows, along with 1,250 acres in crawfish.