These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Louisiana


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 Gretna don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Pelican State to retire:

  1. Gretna
  2. Kenner
  3. Patterson
  4. Springhill
  5. Shreveport
  6. Tallulah
  7. Harahan
  8. Scott
  9. Westwego
  10. Houma

Why did Gretna take the top spot? And where are New Orleans and Baton Rouge? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 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.

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1. Gretna

Gretna, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,801
Cost 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.

2. Kenner

Kenner, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,926
Cost 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.

3. Patterson

Patterson, Louisiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,100
Cost 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.

4. Springhill

Springhill, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,239
Cost 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.

5. Shreveport

Shreveport, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 200,692
Cost 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.

6. Tallulah

Tallulah, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,267
Cost 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.

7. Harahan

Harahan, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,324
Cost 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.

8. Scott

Scott, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,775
Cost 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.

9. Westwego

Westwego, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,531
Cost 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.

10. Houma

Houma, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,807
Cost 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:

  • Broussard
  • Monroe
  • Pineville

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Louisiana

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Gretna 1 17,801 92 13 3,039
Kenner 2 66,926 93 1 3,850
Patterson 3 6,100 86 66 1,131
Springhill 4 5,239 79 127 3,206
Shreveport 5 200,692 83 107 5,305
Tallulah 6 7,267 78 65 5,008
Harahan 7 9,324 100 5 1,694
Scott 8 8,775 87 223 2,507
Westwego 9 8,531 83 9 3,188
Houma 10 33,807 93 39 4,735
Thibodaux 11 14,570 94 36 4,742
Bastrop 12 11,075 77 106 13,255
Mandeville 13 12,102 111 28 2,264
Port Allen 14 5,150 83 64 4,019
Baton Rouge 15 229,353 90 60 5,402
Baker 16 13,838 88 67 2,933
Eunice 17 10,325 82 58 7,583
Opelousas 18 16,668 81 61 8,759
Abbeville 19 12,341 79 96 5,412
Marksville 20 5,635 82 31 8,198
Bogalusa 21 12,071 79 58 6,445
New Orleans 22 368,471 99 19 5,469
Jennings 23 10,265 82 76 3,273
Slidell 24 27,372 95 34 5,673
Minden 25 12,988 81 98 2,294
Leesville 26 6,656 82 44 8,067
Scott 27 8,775 87 79 2,507
Carencro 28 8,084 88 76 3,723
Franklin 29 7,483 81 76 4,944
Covington 30 9,151 101 34 4,666
Alexandria 31 47,983 89 5 9,626
Gonzales 32 10,137 91 42 7,536
St. Gabriel 33 6,796 99 53 1,633
Lafayette 34 123,528 94 82 6,163
Mansfield 35 5,012 83 83 6,364
Ponchatoula 36 6,751 95 32 8,161
Walker 37 6,176 94 49 5,100
Rayne 38 7,984 96 76 5,786
Denham Springs 39 10,148 92 53 8,543
Natchitoches 40 18,460 89 42 7,724
Zachary 41 15,579 93 70 3,543
Hammond 42 20,207 96 37 11,837
Pineville 43 14,486 88 8 6,765
Monroe 44 49,455 88 86 10,308
Broussard 45 9,041 104 89 4,180

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