Best Cities For Singles In Louisiana For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Louisiana have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Louisiana.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Baton Rouge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Lafayette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Ruston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Gretna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. New Orleans (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Kenner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Natchitoches (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Lake Charles (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Thibodaux (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hammond (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Louisiana? Baton Rouge ranks as the best place for singles in Louisiana if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

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 Minden.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in louisiana or the safest places to live in louisiana.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Louisiana For 2020

Baton Rouge, LA

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Population: 225,362
Median Age: 31.2
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 25.5%
More on Baton Rouge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Baton Rouge ) 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.

Review Of Baton Rouge by HomeSnacks User

This is probably one of the worst cities I've ever been too. The traffic is awful and almost as bad as Los Angeles, which has something like 5 times the population. Most of the areas outside of the central business district live in poverty, the schools are way below the national average, and the food pales in comparison to New Orleans. I wouldn't recommend that anyone visit or move here.

The best part of Baton Rouge is that it is located pretty close to New Orleans, and is Louisiana's state capital. The thing that stood out the most is the horrid traffic and degrading infrastructure.

Lafayette, LA

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Population: 126,515
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 28.0%
Households with kids: 25.8%
More on Lafayette: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lafayette 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.

Review Of Lafayette by HomeSnacks User

i've lived here my whole life,and it's amazing. First Baptist is a great baptist school to go to in downtown. it goes from PK3-12 grade and it's cpnnected to a HUGE church right across the street you should definitely check it out if you're thinking about movie here.


Ruston, LA

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Population: 22,055
Median Age: 23.9
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 30.2%
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.

Gretna, LA

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Population: 17,797
Median Age: 39.5
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 26.4%
More on Gretna: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

New Orleans, LA

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Population: 389,648
Median Age: 36.3
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 22.1%
More on New Orleans: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Orleans ) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.

Review Of New Orleans by HomeSnacks User

New Orleans is divine for art, music, food, history, architecture and more.

Avoid the tourist areas and you'll be just fine.

Kenner, LA

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Population: 66,910
Median Age: 37.6
Married households: 24.0%
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Kenner: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kenner 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.

Natchitoches, LA

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Population: 18,080
Median Age: 25.4
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 21.4%
More on Natchitoches: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Natchitoches by HomeSnacks User

Natchitoches, Louisiana has lots of activities and festivals throughout the year. Natchitoches also has NSU, which is a college that has many degree programs for an individual to obtain a degree. My parents took me to Natchitoches since I was a little girl, therefore I have lots of special memories. I also met my fiance while attending NSU.

There are several key aspects that make Natchitoches a great city. One being Natchitoches is the oldest city in Louisiana. There are numerous historical sites visitors can tour including several plantations, Cane River Heritage, and even the Steel Magnolia house from the movie.

Natchitoches is also known for their Christmas festival. Lots of tourist come to see all the beautiful lights and festival activities. Natchitoches also is the home of the meat pie, which is one of the the official state foods of Louisiana.

The only negative thing about Natchitoches is the traffic. Since it is a fairly small city, traffic from college and tourists can be a bit heavy.

Lake Charles, LA

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Population: 76,267
Median Age: 35.2
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on Lake Charles: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lake 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.

Thibodaux, LA

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Population: 14,515
Median Age: 32.6
Married households: 29.0%
Households with kids: 26.2%
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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.

Hammond, LA

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Population: 20,444
Median Age: 28.8
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 30.5%
More on Hammond: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hammond is the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States, located 45 miles east of Baton Rouge and 45 miles northwest of New Orleans. Its population was 20,019 in the 2010 census; Hammond is home to Southeastern Louisiana University and is the principal city of the Hammond Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Tangipahoa Parish.

Review Of Hammond by HomeSnacks User

I've lived in Hammond most of my life. I was a teacher there for several years and my children went school in Hammond for all of their education. I found the schools to be very good. I've lived in the same house for twenty years and have never had been robbed or had any other crime committed on me or my property. I don't live in a ritzy neighborhood that's gated. I live right by the interstate in a 58,000.00 house when I bought it 20 years ago. It's a wonderful place to live and raise children!!

There are great restaurants and SLU is here and they put on all kind of events and entertainment. We also have Columbia Theater which puts on plays. Also we have a great movie theater, skate park, safari quest, laser tag, children's museum, open air mall, many parks, and recreation. We're 50 min. from Baton Rouge and a hour from New Orleans.

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Baton Rouge is the talk of the town while Minden is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in louisiana for 2020

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:

  1. Minden
  2. Zachary
  3. Broussard

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Louisiana

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Baton Rouge, LA 225,362 31.2
2 Lafayette, LA 126,515 35.1
3 Ruston, LA 22,055 23.9
4 Gretna, LA 17,797 39.5
5 New Orleans, LA 389,648 36.3
6 Kenner, LA 66,910 37.6
7 Natchitoches, LA 18,080 25.4
8 Lake Charles, LA 76,267 35.2
9 Thibodaux, LA 14,515 32.6
10 Hammond, LA 20,444 28.8
11 Shreveport, LA 193,785 35.6
12 Monroe, LA 48,663 32.7
13 Baker, LA 13,557 35.8
14 New Iberia, LA 29,992 36.4
15 Mandeville, LA 12,252 43.8
16 Deridder, LA 11,050 35.3
17 Pineville, LA 14,313 30.4
18 Houma, LA 33,520 36.6
19 Bastrop, LA 10,521 31.9
20 Sulphur, LA 20,241 35.8
21 Eunice, LA 10,407 34.1
22 Opelousas, LA 16,399 35.8
23 Abbeville, LA 12,286 35.8
24 Crowley, LA 12,960 36.6
25 Alexandria, LA 47,539 38.5
26 Bogalusa, LA 11,793 35.1
27 West Monroe, LA 12,756 37.7
28 Covington, LA 10,133 36.7
29 Jennings, LA 10,047 36.1
30 Slidell, LA 27,769 36.7
31 Youngsville, LA 12,753 33.6
32 Central, LA 28,577 41.4
33 Gonzales, LA 10,677 37.2
34 Broussard, LA 11,412 36.4
35 Zachary, LA 17,056 34.6
36 Minden, LA 12,442 37.8

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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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