These Are The 10 Best Baton Rouge Suburbs For 2019

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 2019. This is our fourth 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…

If you happen to be a resident of Zachary, 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.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Baton Rouge for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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 16 suburbs to evaluate around Baton Rouge.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 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, Zachary.

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.

Zachary, LA

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Population: 16,879
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $79,346
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Zachary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Zachary is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Baton Rouge area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Zachary.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $79,346 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Baton Rouge region. And only 3.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $214,700 each.

Brusly, LA

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Population: 2,721
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $74,474
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 17.3%
More on Brusly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brusly is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Baton Rouge for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Central, LA

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Population: 28,462
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $73,301
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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Here in Central, 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 Central.

St. Francisville, LA

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Population: 2,311
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $53,542
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 18.7%
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St. Francisville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Baton Rouge for 2019.

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

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Population: 4,691
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $68,261
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Addis.

Addis gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Baton Rouge area, where houses sell for an average of $180,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Gonzales, LA

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Population: 10,558
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $58,082
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 16.0%
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Gonzales 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 6.3% which is 7th best in the area.

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

Plaquemine, LA

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Population: 6,812
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $47,853
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Poverty Rate: 24.3%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Plaquemine.

Plaquemine 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 13.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 6,266
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $55,833
Unemployment Rate: 11.9%
Poverty Rate: 13.7%
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Walker 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 8.8% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

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Population: 13,694
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $44,509
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 20.5%
More on Baker: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Baker?’


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

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Population: 10,066
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,649
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 14.2%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 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.

Welcome to the Best Baton Rouge ‘Burbs of 2019

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Baton Rouge Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Zachary 16,879 $79,346
2 Brusly 2,721 $74,474
3 Central 28,462 $73,301
4 St. Francisville 2,311 $53,542
5 Addis 4,691 $68,261
6 Gonzales 10,558 $58,082
7 Plaquemine 6,812 $47,853
8 Walker 6,266 $55,833
9 Baker 13,694 $44,509
10 Denham Springs 10,066 $52,649
11 Port Allen 5,086 $40,164
12 Donaldsonville 7,975 $34,197
13 New Roads 4,668 $35,117
14 St. Gabriel 7,094 $40,545
15 White Castle 2,182 $28,177
16 Jackson 4,984 $40,481

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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