10 Best Places To Retire In Louisiana For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Louisiana.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Louisiana.

Where exactly in Louisiana is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Minden as the best place to hang up your cleats.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Louisiana that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Minden don’t mind us spreading the word.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Louisiana state reading:

Minden, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,790
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 28)
Median Rent: $701
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

5
/10

Population: 10,180
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 24)
Median Rent: $541
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.

Crowley, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,155
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 11)
Median Rent: $573
Distance to Closest Airport: 77 miles
More on Crowley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crowley is a city in and the parish seat of Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 13,265 at the 2010 census but 14,225 in 2000, a loss of nearly a thousand persons. It is 63.8 percent Non-Hispanic White.

Thibodaux, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,565
Rank Last Year: 45 (Up 41)
Median Rent: $710
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.

Alexandria, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,044
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $775
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.

Houma, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 34,052
Rank Last Year: 47 (Up 41)
Median Rent: $785
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.

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,954
Rank Last Year: 54 (Up 47)
Median Rent: $940
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.

Eunice, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,199
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Median Rent: $609
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
More on Eunice: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eunice is a city in Acadia and St. Landry parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The 2010 census placed the population at 10,398, a decrease of 1,101, or 9.5 percent, from the 2000 tabulation of 11,499.

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,244
Rank Last Year: 60 (Up 51)
Median Rent: $1,064
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.

Gretna, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,832
Rank Last Year: 44 (Up 34)
Median Rent: $842
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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Pelican State for 2019

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 31 places from across the state.

For these 31, 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 31, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Louisiana Yet…

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

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

  1. West Monroe
  2. Hammond
  3. Sulphur

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Louisiana?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Minden 12,790 $701
2 Jennings 10,180 $541
3 Crowley 13,155 $573
4 Thibodaux 14,565 $710
5 Alexandria 48,044 $775
6 Houma 34,052 $785
7 Kenner 66,954 $940
8 Eunice 10,199 $609
9 Mandeville 12,244 $1,064
10 Gretna 17,832 $842

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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