THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Baton Rouge For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Baton Rouge are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Baton Rouge.
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Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Baton Rouge, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Baton Rouge neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Baton Rouge are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Louisiana and Baton Rouge is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Baton Rouge for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Valley Park looks to be the best Baton Rouge neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Baton Rouge that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Baton Rouge.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Baton Rouge

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 1,476
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $127,485 (18th best)
Median Income: $58,378 (30th best)
More on Valley Park: Homes For Sale | Data

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 683
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $284,287 (33rd best)
Median Income: $43,245 (22nd best)
More on Southmoor: Homes For Sale | Data

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 708
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $59,254 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $20,866 (Fourth best)
More on Greenville Addition: Homes For Sale | Data

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 2,848
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $143,672 (21st best)
Median Income: $49,710 (27th best)
More on Goodwood Homesites: Homes For Sale | Data

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 2,035
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $120,365 (16th best)
Median Income: $26,922 (11th best)
More on Howell Park: Homes For Sale | Data

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 5,281
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $343,736 (38th best)
Median Income: $65,860 (35th best)
More on Southdowns: Homes For Sale | Data

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 2,003
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $156,727 (23rd best)
Median Income: $65,319 (34th best)
More on Perkins: Homes For Sale | Data

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 5,624
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $284,287 (33rd best)
Median Income: $68,387 (37th best)
More on Goodwood: Homes For Sale | Data

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 3,102
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $67,727 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $24,343 (Seventh best)
More on Eden Park: Homes For Sale | Data

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 5,703
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $138,878 (20th best)
Median Income: $43,255 (23rd best)
More on Park Forest: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Baton Rouge, LA Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 43 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Baton Rouge." We're lookin' at you, Valley Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Baton Rouge, Louisiana has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Baton Rouge

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Baton Rouge where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Baton Rouge aren't all good. Bernard Terrace takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Baton Rouge.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Baton Rouge For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Valley Park 1,476 $127,485 $58,378
2 Southmoor 683 $284,287 $43,245
3 Greenville Addition 708 $59,254 $20,866
4 Goodwood Homesites 2,848 $143,672 $49,710
5 Howell Park 2,035 $120,365 $26,922
6 Southdowns 5,281 $343,736 $65,860
7 Perkins 2,003 $156,727 $65,319
8 Goodwood 5,624 $284,287 $68,387
9 Eden Park 3,102 $67,727 $24,343
10 Park Forest 5,703 $138,878 $43,255
11 Beauregard Town 1,121 $48,744 $28,393
12 Downtown Baton Rouge 2,739 $48,744 $28,393
13 Victoria Gardens 2,489 $114,660 $23,658
14 Broadmoor 7,420 $175,175 $64,739
15 Citiplace 179 $706,212 $71,593
16 Fruit Town 480 $49,199 $27,986
17 Old South Baton Rouge 9,422 $133,404 $32,275
18 Jefferson Place 811 $1,047,849 $96,215
19 Cedarcrest 1,481 $187,481 $73,854
20 Melrose Place 3,312 $68,779 $29,302
21 Sherwood 14,728 $171,336 $52,862
22 Highland 12,777 $329,145 $72,618
23 Bocage 619 $1,047,849 $92,642
24 Lake Sherwood Acres 2,738 $310,349 $61,606
25 Contana Mall 514 $157,898 $41,396
26 Scotlandville Heights 1,225 $101,496 $22,356
27 Villa Del Rey 3,053 $183,782 $44,792
28 Brookstown 4,597 $73,639 $26,519
29 The Bottom 3,957 $144,564 $20,360
30 Greenville Extension 2,148 $52,428 $59,445
31 Melrose Place East 3,974 $121,959 $35,774
32 The Garden District 8,146 $267,110 $50,367
33 Scotlandville 11,217 $94,549 $26,450
34 Ogden Park 2,251 $223,084 $44,692
35 Dayton 2,911 $45,866 $25,377
36 Steele Place 1,245 $238,927 $66,894
37 North Gate 356 $323,750 $9,612
38 Midtown 38,225 $192,794 $48,085
39 Istrouma 9,020 $69,759 $27,649
40 North Baton Rouge 44,129 $110,269 $30,140
41 Louisiana State University 8,323 $364,874 $28,773
42 Highland Farms 3,731 $80,471 $19,239
43 Bernard Terrace 3,058 $406,314 $70,337

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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