These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Louisiana For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Louisiana where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Louisiana, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Louisiana is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Pelican State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 53 places in Louisiana with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Patterson
  2. Harahan (Photos)
  3. De Ridder
  4. Oakdale
  5. Scott (Photos)
  6. Minden (Photos)
  7. Mandeville (Photos)
  8. Carencro (Photos)
  9. Springhill (Photos)
  10. Broussard (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Louisiana

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 102 crimes committed in Patterson which had a reported population of 6,105. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0167 which translates into a 1 in 60 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 53 places in Louisiana to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 53 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Louisiana".

The safest city, based on population, is Patterson. The most dangerous? Monroe, where residents had a 1 in 8 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Patterson

Population: 6,105
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,654 (4th safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Louisiana for 2018 is Patterson -- a classic example of everything that makes Louisiana great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 60.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 6,105 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Harahan

Harahan, Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,364
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 96 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,345 (3rd safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Louisiana and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Harahan -- the 2nd safest in the Pelican State.

Harahan is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 74.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Harahan.

3. De Ridder

Source: intro Domain
Population: 10,939
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 182 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,746 (5th safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that De Ridder ranks as the 3rd safest city in Louisiana.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for De Ridder.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Oakdale

Population: 7,697
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 233 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,325 (1st safest)

You might be surprised to find Oakdale this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Oakdale is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Pelican State boasts the 1st best property crime rate and 9th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Scott

Scott, Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,092
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,562 (11th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Scott, LA.

You get what you pay for in Scott -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,298 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Scott residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Scott in heartbeat.

6. Minden

Minden, Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,615
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,989 (7th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Minden, the 6th safest city in Louisiana.

The town of some 12,615 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Minden a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Minden?

7. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,423
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 209 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,173 (9th safest)

Mandeville is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Louisiana.

It has 1 in 46.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 477 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Louisiana.

8. Carencro

Carencro, Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,763
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 216 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,054 (8th safest)

The eighth safest city in Louisiana for 2018 goes to Carencro. Let's see why.

There were only 19 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 180 property crimes to boot.

9. Springhill

Springhill, Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,064
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,159 (16th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Louisiana, may we present Springhill as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Louisiana, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

160 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 16th best in Louisiana on a rate basis.

10. Broussard

Broussard, Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,998
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 258 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,400 (10th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Broussard.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Broussard residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 31 violent crimes and 288 property crimes in Broussard; that's really good for a place of 11,998 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Louisiana

Looking at the data, you can tell that Patterson is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Louisiana residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in Louisiana:
3rd Most Dangerous: Alexandria
2nd Most Dangerous: Bastrop
Most Dangerous: Monroe

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Louisiana For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Patterson156,105161,654
Harahan219,364961,345
De Ridder3310,9391821,746
Oakdale4 -
Scott549,092762,562
Minden6612,6152061,989
Mandeville7212,4232092,173
Carencro8178,7632162,054
Springhill9125,0641773,159
Broussard101311,9982582,400
St. Gabriel11 -
Port Allen1285,1163711,876
Jennings13910,1402853,165
Westwego1478,5433272,680
Kenner15 -
Gretna161017,9082343,791
Covington171410,1783633,026
Rayne18198,0314852,938
Ruston191522,4164992,774
Zachary201616,7534473,181
Walker21266,3515193,511
Houma223134,4104854,100
Slidell232128,1073734,354
Plaquemine24 -
Ville Platte25397,2342906,358
Crowley262413,1198153,285
Denham Springs273810,1073166,450
Thibodaux282314,5886164,064
Franklin29207,2366774,021
Lafayette3027128,9234974,977
Sulphur312220,1425014,428
Breaux Bridge32308,4463197,838
Abbeville333712,4719383,800
Lake Charles342576,8648504,102
Eunice353210,2916315,363
Morgan City361111,7317925,123
New Orleans3728397,2081,0693,920
Bossier City382969,3848434,620
Baton Rouge3933228,3899384,349
Gonzales403610,8604888,278
Shreveport4134196,4679495,456
West Monroe424212,9426797,641
Pineville434114,3799456,245
Leesville44406,2708936,969
Bogalusa454511,8821,3215,571
Natchitoches464618,3321,0257,042
Marksville47435,4991,1457,037
Ponchatoula48477,1681,3957,087
Opelousas494416,5571,5097,990
Hammond504820,5761,38910,356
Alexandria514947,9361,8428,534
Bastrop525010,5951,44411,514
Monroe535149,6773,0059,352

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