Best Baton Rouge Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 16 places around Baton Rouge to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Baton Rouge suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Baton Rouge are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Baton Rouge? Brusly ranks as the best suburb of Baton Rouge for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Brusly, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Baton Rouge 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Louisiana:

The 10 Best Baton Rouge Suburbs To Live For 2020

Brusly, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,739
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $71,563
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 18.3%
More on Brusly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brusly is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Baton Rouge area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Brusly."

Everyone here is rich; families average $71,563 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Baton Rouge region. And only 4.45% are out of work. Homes average more than $212,400 each.

Central, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,577
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $71,482
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Central: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central is the second best 'burb we looked at near Baton Rouge for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 4.85% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Zachary, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,056
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $78,089
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Zachary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Zachary, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Baton Rouge metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Zachary.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,952
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $69,833
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Addis: Real Estate | Data

Addis ranks as the 4th best suburb of Baton Rouge for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Addis and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,095
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,500
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Livingston: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Livingston.

Livingston gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Baton Rouge area, where houses sell for an average of $152,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,250
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $58,464
Unemployment Rate: 10.4%
Poverty Rate: 12.8%
More on Walker: Real Estate | Data

Walker is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 10.4% which is 13th best in the area.

According to online reports, Walker is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Baton Rouge area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Gonzales, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,677
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,672
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Poverty Rate: 17.6%
More on Gonzales: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Gonzales.

Gonzales schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 20.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,557
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $48,039
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 14.7%
More on Baker: Real Estate | Data

Baker is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 13.05% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

Plaquemine, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,726
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $41,185
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Poverty Rate: 25.3%
More on Plaquemine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Plaquemine?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Denham Springs, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,991
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,212
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
More on Denham Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Denham Springs.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Review Of Denham Springs by HomeSnacks User

The schools around here are so bad. I had a health teacher tell me that men can't get breast cancer. The college my mom goes to is awful too.

I heard that Louisiana has by far the highest murder rate than any other state and that is it is the prison capital of the entire world. It is the most corrupt state.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Baton Rouge for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Baton Rouge was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Baton Rouge.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 15 suburbs to evaluate around Baton Rouge.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 15 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Baton Rouge." We're lookin' at you, Brusly. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Baton Rouge 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Baton Rouge, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Baton Rouge Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Brusly, LA 2,739 $71,563
2 Central, LA 28,577 $71,482
3 Zachary, LA 17,056 $78,089
4 Addis, LA 4,952 $69,833
5 Livingston, LA 2,095 $56,500
6 Walker, LA 6,250 $58,464
7 Gonzales, LA 10,677 $56,672
8 Baker, LA 13,557 $48,039
9 Plaquemine, LA 6,726 $41,185
10 Denham Springs, LA 9,991 $52,212
11 St. Gabriel, LA 7,200 $54,688
12 Port Allen, LA 5,051 $41,563
13 Donaldsonville, LA 8,090 $22,716
14 New Roads, LA 4,616 $39,659
15 Jackson, LA 4,952 $37,308

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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