Are you trying to find love in Louisiana?
Or are you just looking to hook up?
Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?
According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.
There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.
If you live in Louisiana, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Pelican State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.
So, where are the best cities for singles in Louisiana? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities for singles in Louisiana. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:
- Baton Rouge (Photos)
- New Orleans (Photos)
- Lafayette (Photos)
- Ruston (Photos)
- Gretna (Photos)
- Lake Charles (Photos)
- Thibodaux (Photos)
- Natchitoches (Photos)
- Kenner (Photos)
- Shreveport (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.
The most boring place in Louisiana? That would be Central.
How do you determine which city is best for singles in Louisiana anyways?
To give you the places in Louisiana which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the 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 the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Louisiana, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Population density
- % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
- % of households with kids
- Median age
- Number of unmarried people in each city
We then gave each city a Singles Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Louisiana, that meant a total of 36 cities.
Read on to see why Baton Rouge is the talk of the town while Central is probably a bit on the boring side.
1. Baton Rouge
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 29.5%
Households with kids: 25.3%
Baton Rouge (/bætn ru/ BAT-n ROOZH; French for ‘Red Stick’, French: Bâton-Rouge [bt u] ( listen)) is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. It forms the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River.
2. New Orleans
Median Age: 35.5
Married households: 26.8%
Households with kids: 24.1%
New Orleans (/nju rlinz, -rlinz, -rlnz/, or /nrlnz/; French: La Nouvelle-Orléans [la nuvlle] ( listen)) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.
Median Age: 34.0
Married households: 37.5%
Households with kids: 28.5%
Lafayette (/læfijt/; French: [lafajt]) is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. The city of Lafayette is the fourth-largest in the state, with a population of 127,657 according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. It is the principal city of the Lafayette, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a 2015 estimated population of 490,488. The larger trade area or Combined Statistical Area of Lafayette-Opelousas-Morgan City CSA was 627,146 in 2015. Lafayette is the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Its nickname is The Hub City.
Median Age: 23.6
Married households: 27.8%
Households with kids: 32.0%
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.
Median Age: 37.3
Married households: 33.9%
Households with kids: 29.7%
Gretna is the second-largest city and parish seat of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. Gretna is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans. It is part of the New Orleans?Metairie?Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,736 at the 2010 census.
6. Lake Charles
Median Age: 34.1
Married households: 32.8%
Households with kids: 30.0%
Lake Charles (French: Lac Charles) is the fifth-largest incorporated city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, located on Lake Charles, Prien Lake, and the Calcasieu River. Founded in 1861 in Calcasieu Parish, it is a major industrial, cultural, and educational center in the southwest region of the state.
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 33.0%
Households with kids: 26.6%
Thibodaux (/tbdo/ TIB–doh) 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.
Median Age: 26.4
Married households: 28.4%
Households with kids: 27.3%
Natchitoches (/nækt/ NAK–tsh; French: Les Natchitoches) is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, the community was named after the indigenous Natchitoches people.
Median Age: 38.0
Married households: 45.6%
Households with kids: 30.6%
Kenner (historically French: Cannes-Brûlées) is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. State of Louisiana. It is the largest city in Jefferson Parish, United States, Louisiana’s second-most populous parish, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 66,702 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 32.7%
Households with kids: 30.6%
Shreveport (/rivprt/ SHREEV-port) is the third-largest city in the state of Louisiana and the 122nd-largest city in the United States. It is the seat of Caddo Parish and extends along the Red River (most notably at Wright Island, the Charles and Marie Hamel Memorial Park, and Bagley Island) into neighboring Bossier Parish. Bossier City is separated from Shreveport by the Red River. The population of Shreveport was 199,311 in 2010, and the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area population exceeds 441,000. The Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area ranks 111th in the United States, according to the United States Census Bureau.
There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles 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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.
Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Louisiana according to the data:
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