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 Gretna don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Pelican State to retire:
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 45 places from across the state.
For these 45, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 45, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Gretna, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 17,801Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,039
Gretna ranked 1 overall thanks to its 28 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.
Population: 66,926Cost Of Living: 93
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,850
Kenner ranked 2 overall thanks to its 31 place rank for cost of living and 15 place safety rank.
Population: 6,100Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 66 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,131
Patterson ranked 3 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.
Population: 5,239Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 127 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,206
Springhill ranked 4 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.
Population: 200,692Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,305
Shreveport ranked 5 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 24 place safety rank.
Population: 7,267Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 65 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,008
Tallulah ranked 6 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 22 place safety rank.
Population: 9,324Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,694
Harahan ranked 7 overall thanks to its 42 place rank for cost of living and 3 place safety rank.
Population: 8,775Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 223 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,507
Scott ranked 8 overall thanks to its 18 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.
Population: 8,531Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,188
Westwego ranked 9 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.
Population: 33,807Cost Of Living: 93
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,735
Houma ranked 10 overall thanks to its 31 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Louisiana goes to Gretna.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
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