Best Places To Retire In Louisiana For 2020


We analyzed over 31 places in Louisiana to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Louisiana.

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HomeSnacks knows that you're all dying to know where the best places to retire in Louisiana are located. So, we created a list of the best places to retire in Louisiana for 2020. And considering this is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in EVERY state in America, we know what we're talking about; and, folks, some of the best are located in this southern gem.

This is because Louisiana is crazy tax friendly: it has some of the lowest tax rates in the country. But that's not all. The Bayou State's best places to retire are super safe, super affordable, and the people that live in these places are super friendly. However, to set our list apart from all of those other websites trying to copy what we do, we thought it would be interesting to look at whether a place is located close to an international airport. You know, because you're eventually going to have to hang up the keys to the RV.

And if you're thinking about testing the Louisiana waters with a rental situation, go for it. Rent in Louisiana is currently below the national average and the state's top ten places to retire have some pretty good deals. The ying to this yang, however, is that the poverty rate for Louisiana's 65 and older is pretty high and the state's senior healthcare could use an upgrade in the form of more geriatricians and better nursing homes.

But, we're here to talk about the best places to retire in Louisiana. So, don't waste another second, scroll on down to see what gold star places made the list.

Why did Covington take the top spot? And where are New Orleans and Baton Rouge?

How did we determine the best place to retire in the Pelican State for 2020? We looked at the most recent FBI and Census data for places with 10,000 or more residents. We ended up with 33 cities; and, yes, the competition was fierce to say the least. But, there can only be one best place to retire in Louisiana for 2020, and that would be Covington.

And if you already live in Covington consider yourself lucky; but if you don't, take a look below to see why you should. And if you have some time on your hands, head on down to the bottom to see the other great Louisiana places that made our list.

For more Louisiana state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Louisiana For 2020

Covington, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,133
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $898
Distance to Closest Airport: 34 miles
More on Covington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Covington is a city in, and the parish seat of, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 8,765 at the 2010 census. It is located at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte River.

Minden, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,442
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $745
Distance to Closest Airport: 98 miles
More on Minden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Jennings, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,047
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $620
Distance to Closest Airport: 76 miles
More on Jennings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Alexandria, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,539
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $818
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Alexandria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alexandria is the ninth-largest city in the state of Louisiana and is the parish seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies on the south bank of the Red River in almost the exact geographic center of the state. It is the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area which encompasses all of Rapides and Grant parishes. Its neighboring city is Pineville. In 2010, the population was 47,723, an increase of 3 percent from the 2000 census.

Abbeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,286
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $669
Distance to Closest Airport: 96 miles
More on Abbeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Thibodaux, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,515
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $762
Distance to Closest Airport: 36 miles
More on Thibodaux: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Houma, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 33,520
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $808
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
More on Houma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Gretna, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,797
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $888
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Gretna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,252
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,044
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Mandeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,910
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $963
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
More on Kenner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Pelican State for 2020

To create our list of the best places in Louisiana to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Pelican State -- 473 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 33 places from across the state.

For these 33, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 33, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Covington, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Louisiana Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Louisiana goes to Covington.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Youngsville
  2. Zachary
  3. Hammond

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Louisiana?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Covington 10,133 $898
2 Minden 12,442 $745
3 Jennings 10,047 $620
4 Alexandria 47,539 $818
5 Abbeville 12,286 $669
6 Thibodaux 14,515 $762
7 Houma 33,520 $808
8 Gretna 17,797 $888
9 Mandeville 12,252 $1,044
10 Kenner 66,910 $963

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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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