Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Louisiana a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Louisiana.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Pelican State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Louisiana, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 45 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Pelican State for 2018:
- St. Tammany Parish (Photos)
- Ascension Parish (Photos)
- West Baton Rouge Parish (Photos)
- Lafayette Parish (Photos)
- Bossier Parish (Photos)
- East Feliciana Parish
- Jefferson Parish (Photos)
- Livingston Parish (Photos)
- Jackson Parish (Photos)
- East Baton Rouge Parish (Photos)
St. Tammany Parish is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Louisiana. And you might want to avoid Natchitoches Parish if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Louisiana, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Louisiana county is the best?
To give you the best county in Louisiana, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Louisiana across each of the criteria from one to 45, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Louisiana’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Pelican State.
Read on to see why St. Tammany Parish is the best county, while Natchitoches Parish is probably in contention for being the worst county in Louisiana.
Biggest Place: Port Allen
Median Income: $53,882 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $168,600 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (11th best)
More on West Baton Rouge Parish: Photos | Data
Biggest Place: Baton Rouge
Median Income: $49,942 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $173,200 (24th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (13th best)
More on East Baton Rouge Parish: Photos | Data
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Louisiana To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Louisiana can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Louisiana according to the data:
- Natchitoches Parish
- East Carroll Parish
- West Carroll Parish
For more Louisiana reading, check out:
- 10 Most Dangerous Places In Louisiana
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Louisiana
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Louisiana
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Louisiana
|St. Tammany Parish||1|
|West Baton Rouge Parish||3|
|East Feliciana Parish||6|
|East Baton Rouge Parish||10|
|St. James Parish||12|
|Red River Parish||20|
|Jefferson Davis Parish||21|
|St. Martin Parish||24|
|St. Mary Parish||28|
|De Soto Parish||33|
|St. Landry Parish||34|
|West Carroll Parish||43|
|East Carroll Parish||44|