10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Louisiana For 2018

We used science and data to determine which cities in Louisiana have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Louisiana? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Pelican State:

  1. Minden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Thibodaux (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Jennings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Ruston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Houma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Zachary (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Abbeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Crowley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mandeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Broussard (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Louisiana, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Louisiana and the best places for families in the country:

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Louisiana anyways?

To give you the places in Louisiana which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Pelican State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Louisiana, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Louisiana, that meant a total of 31 cities.

Read on to see why Minden is where all the families are headed, while West Monroe is probably a place made for singles.

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Minden, LA

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Population: 12,790
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 31.1%
More on Minden: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Minden is a small city in and the parish seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, United States. It is located twenty-eight miles east of Shreveport in Caddo Parish. The population has been relatively stable since 1960, when it was 12,786. Minden is 51.7 percent African American.

Thibodaux, LA

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Population: 14,565
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 26.6%
More on Thibodaux: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Thibodaux is a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. The population was 14,567 at the 2010 census. Thibodaux is a principal city of the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Jennings, LA

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Population: 10,180
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 33.9%
More on Jennings: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jennings is a city in and the parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, United States, near Lake Charles. The population was 10,383 at the 2010 census, a small decline from the 2000 tabulation. The city is 68 percent white.

Ruston, LA

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Population: 22,245
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 32.0%
More on Ruston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ruston is a small city and the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. it is the largest city in the Eastern Ark-La-Tex region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,859, reflecting an increase of 6.4 percent from the count of 20,546 counted in the 2000 Census. Ruston is near the eastern border of the Ark-La-Tex region and is the home of Louisiana Tech University. Its economy is therefore based on its college population. Ruston hosts the annual Peach Festival.

Houma, LA

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Population: 34,052
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Houma: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Houma is the largest city in and the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and the largest principal city of the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city’s powers of government have been absorbed by the parish, which is now run by the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government. The population was 33,727 at the 2010 census, an increase of 1,334 over the 2000 tabulation of 32,393.

Zachary, LA

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Population: 16,154
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 42.6%
More on Zachary: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Zachary is a city in the East Baton Rouge parish of Louisiana in the United States. It lies 16 miles north of the city of Baton Rouge, and had a population of 14,960 at the 2010 census, up from 11,275 in 2000.

Abbeville, LA

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Population: 12,408
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Abbeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Abbeville is a city in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States, 150 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. The population was 12,257 at the 2010 census.

Crowley, LA

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Population: 13,155
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 35.1%
More on Crowley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crowley is a city in and the parish seat of Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 13,265 at the 2010 census but 14,225 in 2000, a loss of nearly a thousand persons. It is 63.8 percent Non-Hispanic White.

Mandeville, LA

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Population: 12,244
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 32.2%
More on Mandeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mandeville is a small city in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,560 at the 2010 census. Mandeville is located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, south of Interstate 12. It is across the lake from the city of New Orleans and its southshore suburbs. It is part of the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area.

Broussard, LA

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Population: 10,221
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 31
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 37.4%
More on Broussard: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Broussard is a small city in Lafayette parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 6,754 from the 2005 Census Est.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Grow Up In Louisiana

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Louisiana ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Louisiana according to the data:

  1. West Monroe
  2. Hammond
  3. Bastrop

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Louisiana

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Minden 12,790 55
2 Thibodaux 14,565 50
3 Jennings 10,180 49
4 Ruston 22,245 46
5 Houma 34,052 71
6 Zachary 16,154 57
7 Abbeville 12,408 39
8 Crowley 13,155 49
9 Mandeville 12,244 38
10 Broussard 10,221 40
11 Baton Rouge 228,694 100
12 Denham Springs 10,278 34
13 New Orleans 382,922 100
14 Kenner 66,954 52
15 Gretna 17,832 32
16 Alexandria 48,044 53
17 Lake Charles 75,044 72
18 Slidell 27,697 49
19 Gonzales 10,492 35
20 Lafayette 125,808 64
21 Natchitoches 18,402 72
22 Pineville 14,477 36
23 Opelousas 16,605 41
24 Bogalusa 11,964 34
25 Eunice 10,199 56
26 Sulphur 20,198 32
27 Shreveport 198,571 108
28 Monroe 49,361 62
29 Bastrop 10,851 41
30 Hammond 20,389 58
31 West Monroe 13,031 42

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