These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Louisiana For 2018

We analyzed over 45 places in Louisiana to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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 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.

But where exactly in Louisiana? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

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.

Here are our top ten places in the Pelican State to retire for 2018:

  1. Minden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Jennings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Crowley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Thibodaux (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Houma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Kenner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Eunice (Homes For Sale)
  9. Mandeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Gretna (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Louisiana.

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

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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’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.

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1. Minden

Minden, Louisiana

Population: 12,790
Median Rent: $701
Distance to Closest Airport: 98 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,165
More on Minden: Homes For Sale | Data
Among the original settlers in the Minden area was Newitt Drew, a Welshman originally from Virginia, who built a gristmill and sawmill on Dorcheat Bayou in south Webster Parish in what became the since defunct Overton community. Minden itself was established in 1836 by Charles H. Veeder, a native of Schenectady, New York, who named it for the city of Minden in Germany. Veeder left Minden during the California Gold Rush and spent the rest of his life practicing law in Bakersfield, California.

2. Jennings

Jennings, Louisiana

Population: 10,180
Median Rent: $541
Distance to Closest Airport: 76 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,438
More on Jennings: Homes For Sale | Data
Jennings McComb, for whom the town was named, was an Irish contractor of the Southern Pacific Railroad. He built the Jennings depot on a divide peculiar to southwest Louisiana. This became the center of new development based on the railroad. The first settler was recorded as A. D. McFarlain, who came in 1881 from St. Mary Parish and opened a store. McFarlain also became the first rice grower, postmaster, brick maker, and builder in the community. Prospering with Jennings? growth, McFarlain was considered one of the town?s prominent businessmen and civic leaders.

3. Crowley

Crowley, Louisiana

Population: 13,155
Median Rent: $573
Distance to Closest Airport: 77 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,089
More on Crowley: Homes For Sale | Data
Crowley was founded in 1886 by C.C. Duson and W.W. Duson. Incorporated in 1887, W.W. Duson, General Manager of Southwest Louisiana Land Company, plotted and developed Crowley. W.W. Duson’s daughter, Maime Duson, married Percy Lee Lawrence, who founded the First National Bank of Crowley. The 7-story building was once the tallest building between Houston and New Orleans. They lived with their three children, P.L. Jr., Pattee, and Jack at 219 East 2nd Street. The house is now on the historic register.

4. Thibodaux

Thibodaux, Louisiana

Population: 14,565
Median Rent: $710
Distance to Closest Airport: 36 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,689
More on Thibodaux: Homes For Sale | Data
The first European colonists were French, who settled here in the 18th century when the area was claimed as part of La Louisiane. They imported African slaves as workers and developed sugar cane plantations.

5. Alexandria

Alexandria, Louisiana

Population: 48,044
Median Rent: $775
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 10,353
More on Alexandria: Homes For Sale | Data
Located along the Red River, the city of Alexandria was originally home to a community which supported activities of the adjacent French trader outpost of Post du Rapides. The area developed as an assemblage of traders, Caddo people, and merchants in the agricultural lands bordering the mostly unsettled areas to the north and providing a link from the south to the El Camino Real and then larger settlement of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.

6. Houma

Houma, Louisiana

Population: 34,052
Median Rent: $785
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,634
More on Houma: Homes For Sale | Data
Houma was founded by European Americans in 1834 at a former settlement of the Houma people, who historically occupied this area. The city was named after them. The city was incorporated in 1848.[citation needed] The United Houma Nation and two other Houma tribes have been recognized by the state. Houma is also rated as a medium size city.

7. Kenner

Kenner, Louisiana

Population: 66,954
Median Rent: $940
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,627
More on Kenner: Homes For Sale | Data
Originally inhabited by the Tchoupitoulas Indians, the area along the Mississippi River was the first land in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area on which Europeans set foot. René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle landed there in 1682. In 1855, Kenner was founded by Minor Kenner on land that consisted of three plantation properties that had been purchased by the Kenner family. At the time, all land north of what is now Airline Highway was swampland.

8. Eunice

Eunice, Louisiana

Population: 10,199
Median Rent: $609
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,049
More on Eunice: Homes For Sale | Data
One-time lawman and pioneer land developer C.C. Duson is credited with founding Eunice, which was named for his second wife, Eunice Pharr Duson. He and his brother, W.W. Duson, had already founded Crowley, Louisiana in 1887, and now he looked to the north of the parish for future development. Duson bought 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land from Willie Humble of Prairie Faquetaïque and mapped out a town site, laid out in lots 50-by-140 feet, 12 lots to the block. Next, he persuaded the Southern Pacific Railroad to extend a branch line from Crowley to his new town. Then he began what he and his brother had learned how to do as well as anyone: promote land sales. It was chartered as a village on September 12, 1894, and incorporated as a town on June 4, 1895.

9. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Population: 12,244
Median Rent: $1,064
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,417
More on Mandeville: Homes For Sale | Data
The area had long been agricultural land when the town of Mandeville was laid out in 1834 by developer Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville, more often known as Bernard de Marigny. In 1840 Mandeville was incorporated as a town. It became a popular summer destination for well-to-do New Orleanians wishing to escape the city’s heat.

10. Gretna

Gretna, Louisiana

Population: 17,832
Median Rent: $842
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,043
More on Gretna: Homes For Sale | Data
Gretna was settled in 1836, originally as Mechanicsham, growing with a station on the Mississippi River for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Texas and Pacific Railway, and Southern Pacific Railroad, with a ferry across the River to New Orleans. The famous spice-maker Zatarain’s was founded here in 1889. Gretna was incorporated in 1913, absorbing the section of McDonogh within the Jefferson Parish boundaries. In the 1940 census, Gretna had a population of 10,879.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire 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:

  • West Monroe
  • Hammond
  • Sulphur

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Louisiana

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Minden 1 12,790 $701 98 2,165
Jennings 2 10,180 $541 76 3,438
Crowley 3 13,155 $573 77 4,089
Thibodaux 4 14,565 $710 36 4,689
Alexandria 5 48,044 $775 5 10,353
Houma 6 34,052 $785 39 4,634
Kenner 7 66,954 $940 1 3,627
Eunice 8 10,199 $609 58 6,049
Mandeville 9 12,244 $1064 28 2,417
Gretna 10 17,832 $842 13 4,043
Bogalusa 11 11,964 $549 58 6,845
Natchitoches 12 18,402 $598 42 8,037
Opelousas 13 16,605 $576 61 9,473
Slidell 14 27,697 $966 34 4,798
New Orleans 15 382,922 $929 19 5,175
Abbeville 16 12,408 $647 96 4,763
Ruston 17 22,245 $656 83 3,299
Gonzales 18 10,492 $904 42 9,073
Pineville 19 14,477 $713 8 7,142
Lake Charles 20 75,044 $755 87 5,073
Bastrop 21 10,851 $536 106 12,653
Denham Springs 22 10,278 $814 53 6,654
Broussard 23 10,221 $839 89 3,121
Monroe 24 49,361 $637 86 12,436
Baton Rouge 25 228,694 $797 60 5,280
Shreveport 26 198,571 $764 107 6,338
Lafayette 27 125,808 $824 82 5,610
Zachary 28 16,154 $982 70 3,763
Sulphur 29 20,198 $777 89 4,916
Hammond 30 20,389 $749 37 11,854
West Monroe 31 13,031 $713 85 8,264

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