These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Louisiana For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Louisiana are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Louisiana, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Pelican State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Louisiana based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Louisiana ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Louisiana for 2018:

  1. Bayou Country Club (Homes For Sale)
  2. Westminster (Homes For Sale)
  3. Presquille (Homes For Sale)
  4. Elmwood (Homes For Sale)
  5. Brusly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Blanchard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Milton (Homes For Sale)
  8. Addis (Homes For Sale)
  9. Lakeshore (Homes For Sale)
  10. Eastwood (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Bayou Country Club, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Pelican State check out:

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Louisiana

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 163 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 163, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Louisiana. Top of that list — Bayou Country Club.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Louisiana.

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1. Bayou Country Club


Population: 1,429
Median Income: $93,073 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $237,400 (3rd Best)
More on Bayou Country Club: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Westminster


Population: 3,103
Median Income: $91,288 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $241,900 (1st Best)
More on Westminster: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Presquille


Population: 1,659
Median Income: $102,500 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $238,000 (2nd Best)
More on Presquille: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Elmwood


Population: 4,658
Median Income: $59,037 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $161,000 (23rd Best)
More on Elmwood: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Brusly

Brusly, LA

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,675
Median Income: $80,000 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $198,700 (9th Best)
More on Brusly: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. Blanchard

Blanchard, LA

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,973
Median Income: $67,292 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,100 (16th Best)
More on Blanchard: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

7. Milton


Population: 3,027
Median Income: $83,311 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $183,600 (12th Best)
More on Milton: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Addis


Population: 4,420
Median Income: $65,956 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $169,400 (17th Best)
More on Addis: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Lakeshore


Population: 1,755
Median Income: $48,468 (54th Best)
Median Home Value: $112,400 (64th Best)
More on Lakeshore: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Eastwood


Population: 4,649
Median Income: $72,027 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $200,200 (8th Best)
More on Eastwood: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Choudrant


Population: 1,102
Median Income: $55,691 (38th Best)
Median Home Value: $166,100 (20th Best)
More on Choudrant: Data| Homes For Sale

12. St. Francisville

St. Francisville, LA

Population: 2,064
Median Income: $55,724 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $194,900 (10th Best)
More on St. Francisville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

13. Start


Population: 1,035
Median Income: $70,265 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $127,500 (50th Best)
More on Start: Data| Homes For Sale

14. New Llano


Population: 2,432
Median Income: $44,375 (64th Best)
Median Home Value: $96,800 (76th Best)
More on New Llano: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Lutcher


Population: 3,392
Median Income: $48,080 (56th Best)
Median Home Value: $134,800 (45th Best)
More on Lutcher: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Lafourche Crossing


Population: 2,125
Median Income: $75,781 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $176,900 (15th Best)
More on Lafourche Crossing: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Abita Springs

Abita Springs, LA

Population: 2,477
Median Income: $63,841 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $191,000 (11th Best)
More on Abita Springs: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

18. Mathews


Population: 2,426
Median Income: $57,850 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $178,200 (14th Best)
More on Mathews: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Grand Point


Population: 2,747
Median Income: $73,885 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $179,600 (13th Best)
More on Grand Point: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Ball


Population: 4,014
Median Income: $50,092 (51st Best)
Median Home Value: $139,400 (43rd Best)
More on Ball: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Louisiana are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Louisiana:

  1. Midway
  2. Merryville
  3. Ringgold

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Louisiana

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Bayou Country Club 1,429 $93,073 $237,400
2 Westminster 3,103 $91,288 $241,900
3 Presquille 1,659 $102,500 $238,000
4 Elmwood 4,658 $59,037 $161,000
5 Brusly 2,675 $80,000 $198,700
6 Blanchard 2,973 $67,292 $173,100
7 Milton 3,027 $83,311 $183,600
8 Addis 4,420 $65,956 $169,400
9 Lakeshore 1,755 $48,468 $112,400
10 Eastwood 4,649 $72,027 $200,200
11 Choudrant 1,102 $55,691 $166,100
12 St. Francisville 2,064 $55,724 $194,900
13 Start 1,035 $70,265 $127,500
14 New Llano 2,432 $44,375 $96,800
15 Lutcher 3,392 $48,080 $134,800
16 Lafourche Crossing 2,125 $75,781 $176,900
17 Abita Springs 2,477 $63,841 $191,000
18 Mathews 2,426 $57,850 $178,200
19 Grand Point 2,747 $73,885 $179,600
20 Ball 4,014 $50,092 $139,400
21 Paincourtville 1,057 $87,167 $121,800
22 Stonewall 2,180 $62,794 $165,200
23 Ama 1,349 $66,094 $159,100
24 Maurice 1,461 $70,781 $168,800
25 Norco 2,948 $64,375 $154,000
26 Montz 2,059 $75,446 $225,000
27 South Vacherie 3,556 $57,321 $122,500
28 Paulina 1,210 $67,060 $167,000
29 Lockport Heights 1,367 $54,583 $151,400
30 Albany 1,429 $38,359 $151,300
31 Bayou Gauche 2,179 $85,398 $215,600
32 Hahnville 3,514 $66,023 $218,500
33 Erwinville 2,023 $66,136 $214,300
34 Sunset 2,931 $38,875 $147,200
35 Greenwood 3,214 $54,035 $120,900
36 Woodworth 1,201 $61,667 $142,600
37 Lockport 2,528 $48,063 $105,900
38 Slaughter 1,322 $63,421 $141,900
39 Paradis 1,542 $61,336 $155,400
40 Arabi 4,542 $40,192 $134,300
41 Livonia 1,849 $63,696 $141,100
42 Berwick 4,779 $42,853 $99,100
43 Livingston 1,816 $53,125 $150,600
44 Labadieville 2,083 $52,411 $142,000
45 Rosepine 2,122 $41,563 $127,300
46 Lawtell 1,352 $42,331 $95,100
47 Sterlington 2,165 $42,292 $95,800
48 Gramercy 3,458 $45,174 $134,700
49 Haughton 3,395 $47,235 $147,600
50 Pierre Part 2,393 $80,175 $114,000
51 Vienna Bend 1,272 $40,556 $110,100
52 Lakeview 1,267 $35,313 $88,900
53 Hayes 1,041 $69,303 $73,800
54 Iota 1,737 $41,629 $95,000
55 Cade 1,703 $55,907 $131,900
56 Cecilia 1,674 $63,633 $114,000
57 Erath 1,957 $35,068 $80,700
58 Pearl River 2,504 $52,833 $157,200
59 French Settlement 1,405 $53,250 $157,700
60 Killian 1,108 $52,991 $163,900
61 Arnaudville 1,337 $38,583 $82,900
62 Jean Lafitte 1,888 $53,438 $142,800
63 Anacoco 1,040 $60,313 $121,400
64 New Roads 4,716 $35,612 $160,300
65 Boutte 2,597 $40,478 $156,900
66 Westlake 4,611 $48,900 $98,900
67 North Vacherie 2,222 $53,789 $137,600
68 Kinder 2,574 $38,500 $79,500
69 Clinton 1,340 $37,167 $134,600
70 Sorrento 1,669 $46,450 $125,600
71 Buras 1,003 $49,458 $62,200
72 Bourg 2,630 $45,868 $158,000
73 Deville 1,858 $67,609 $70,900
74 Golden Meadow 1,827 $53,839 $88,900
75 Franklinton 3,785 $27,132 $109,000
76 Vidalia 4,148 $33,977 $90,800
77 Delcambre 2,273 $41,433 $82,300
78 Amite City 4,321 $45,963 $121,100
79 Delhi 2,938 $36,477 $87,700
80 Gueydan 1,459 $37,800 $78,800
81 Dequincy 3,158 $41,607 $81,100
82 Edgard 2,466 $48,205 $159,200
83 Port Barre 2,030 $24,896 $74,400
84 Sibley 1,487 $32,609 $89,600
85 Simsboro 1,153 $40,833 $76,500
86 Kaplan 4,607 $35,077 $90,800
87 Farmerville 3,863 $22,523 $75,800
88 Benton 1,909 $35,774 $90,600
89 Colfax 1,817 $26,149 $65,200
90 Hackberry 1,257 $62,269 $95,600
91 Many 2,830 $25,899 $88,000
92 Belle Rose 1,808 $31,200 $108,300
93 Oak Grove 1,538 $27,708 $80,000
94 Iowa 3,179 $39,113 $110,400
95 Urania 1,206 $37,115 $58,300
96 Ventress 1,032 $39,423 $123,600
97 Grand Coteau 1,002 $23,309 $82,400
98 Olla 1,363 $35,329 $68,000
99 Ossun 1,960 $52,981 $100,000
100 New Sarpy 1,296 $31,464 $110,200

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