Best Small Towns In Louisiana For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Louisiana.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Louisiana for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Louisiana? Bayou Country Club is the best small town in Louisiana based on the most recent Census data. 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:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Louisiana For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,298
Median Income: $86,181 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $248,000 (3rd Best)
More on Bayou Country Club: Data | Homes For Sale

Blanchard, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,042
Median Income: $74,493 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,900 (27th Best)
More on Blanchard: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,819
Median Income: $83,074 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $257,100 (2nd Best)
More on Westminster: Data | Homes For Sale

Brusly, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,739
Median Income: $71,563 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $212,400 (10th Best)
More on Brusly: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,085
Median Income: $90,750 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $274,000 (1st Best)
More on Paulina: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,479
Median Income: $56,875 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $142,900 (44th Best)
More on Monticello: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,252
Median Income: $66,136 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,500 (22nd Best)
More on Choudrant: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,193
Median Income: $54,779 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,700 (21st Best)
More on Watson: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,595
Median Income: $87,105 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $230,700 (6th Best)
More on Presquille: Data | Homes For Sale

St. Francisville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,829
Median Income: $50,625 (46th Best)
Median Home Value: $194,200 (16th Best)
More on St. Francisville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,952
Median Income: $69,833 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $190,600 (18th Best)
More on Addis: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,917
Median Income: $66,462 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $160,200 (30th Best)
More on Norco: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,528
Median Income: $50,185 (49th Best)
Median Home Value: $105,000 (80th Best)
More on New Llano: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,910
Median Income: $51,157 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $216,700 (8th Best)
More on Eastwood: Data | Homes For Sale

Abita Springs, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,511
Median Income: $58,306 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $194,200 (16th Best)
More on Abita Springs: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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 – 167 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 167, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Louisiana. Top of that list — Bayou Country Club. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Louisiana.

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 15 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. Merryville
  2. Roseland
  3. Ringgold

For more louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Louisiana

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Bayou Country Club, LA 1,298 $86,181.0 $248,000.0
2 Blanchard, LA 3,042 $74,493.0 $167,900.0
3 Westminster, LA 2,819 $83,074.0 $257,100.0
4 Brusly, LA 2,739 $71,563.0 $212,400.0
5 Paulina, LA 1,085 $90,750.0 $274,000.0
6 Monticello, LA 4,479 $56,875.0 $142,900.0
7 Choudrant, LA 1,252 $66,136.0 $173,500.0
8 Watson, LA 1,193 $54,779.0 $173,700.0
9 Presquille, LA 1,595 $87,105.0 $230,700.0
10 St. Francisville, LA 1,829 $50,625.0 $194,200.0
11 Addis, LA 4,952 $69,833.0 $190,600.0
12 Norco, LA 2,917 $66,462.0 $160,200.0
13 New Llano, LA 2,528 $50,185.0 $105,000.0
14 Eastwood, LA 4,910 $51,157.0 $216,700.0
15 Abita Springs, LA 2,511 $58,306.0 $194,200.0
16 Lafourche Crossing, LA 2,270 $98,262.0 $229,900.0
17 Albany, LA 1,194 $54,250.0 $146,700.0
18 Lutcher, LA 3,302 $47,083.0 $142,300.0
19 Hahnville, LA 3,430 $70,938.0 $205,500.0
20 Lakeshore, LA 1,918 $36,087.0 $119,000.0
21 Grand Point, LA 2,996 $69,839.0 $211,600.0
22 Milton, LA 2,330 $83,977.0 $203,600.0
23 Maurice, LA 1,424 $65,156.0 $206,100.0
24 Stonewall, LA 2,544 $64,338.0 $212,800.0
25 Woodworth, LA 1,281 $60,987.0 $197,700.0
26 Bayou Gauche, LA 2,031 $67,369.0 $232,200.0
27 Greenwood, LA 3,199 $60,809.0 $161,700.0
28 Arabi, LA 4,501 $47,717.0 $144,400.0
29 Catahoula, LA 1,193 $50,189.0 $111,900.0
30 Livingston, LA 2,095 $56,500.0 $152,000.0
31 Lockport Heights, LA 1,683 $54,906.0 $170,600.0
32 Ball, LA 3,994 $41,772.0 $140,200.0
33 Benton, LA 2,402 $55,089.0 $129,000.0
34 Montz, LA 2,219 $77,188.0 $234,900.0
35 Sunset, LA 2,926 $37,716.0 $147,200.0
36 Start, LA 1,035 $63,672.0 $131,900.0
37 Paradis, LA 1,759 $75,250.0 $149,500.0
38 Lakeview, LA 1,467 $31,821.0 $119,100.0
39 Westlake, LA 4,661 $52,556.0 $103,900.0
40 Mathews, LA 2,649 $49,833.0 $170,200.0
41 Carlyss, LA 4,953 $45,458.0 $97,500.0
42 Rosepine, LA 1,971 $46,680.0 $136,300.0
43 Vidalia, LA 4,041 $37,012.0 $92,100.0
44 Berwick, LA 4,660 $44,092.0 $138,500.0
45 Sterlington, LA 2,495 $45,909.0 $109,300.0
46 Swartz, LA 4,661 $39,909.0 $132,600.0
47 Killian, LA 1,375 $64,632.0 $171,700.0
48 Ama, LA 1,366 $62,143.0 $139,200.0
49 South Vacherie, LA 3,565 $48,730.0 $124,400.0
50 Lockport, LA 2,489 $51,176.0 $101,100.0
51 Gramercy, LA 3,396 $51,316.0 $139,300.0
52 Labadieville, LA 2,092 $61,917.0 $134,400.0
53 Slaughter, LA 1,030 $62,120.0 $154,700.0
54 Bourg, LA 2,591 $58,269.0 $173,500.0
55 Bayou Vista, LA 4,567 $37,488.0 $94,800.0
56 Kinder, LA 2,909 $44,375.0 $87,500.0
57 Haughton, LA 3,390 $45,888.0 $134,300.0
58 Winnfield, LA 4,502 $26,938.0 $81,100.0
59 Iowa, LA 3,229 $40,406.0 $118,500.0
60 Sorrento, LA 1,809 $50,288.0 $136,300.0
61 Erath, LA 2,047 $39,688.0 $82,400.0
62 Erwinville, LA 2,168 $68,125.0 $161,500.0
63 Dequincy, LA 3,125 $48,421.0 $85,800.0
64 Iota, LA 1,798 $39,861.0 $124,400.0
65 Hackberry, LA 1,421 $45,893.0 $119,600.0
66 French Settlement, LA 1,133 $56,776.0 $159,800.0
67 New Roads, LA 4,616 $39,659.0 $149,100.0
68 Ossun, LA 1,870 $64,632.0 $110,800.0
69 Charenton, LA 1,688 $41,454.0 $105,900.0
70 Jean Lafitte, LA 1,971 $53,147.0 $151,600.0
71 Belle Rose, LA 1,846 $40,271.0 $159,400.0
72 Sibley, LA 1,333 $29,737.0 $84,400.0
73 Anacoco, LA 1,161 $68,438.0 $135,300.0
74 Livonia, LA 1,393 $46,000.0 $135,200.0
75 Clinton, LA 1,815 $32,708.0 $133,300.0
76 Pierre Part, LA 2,319 $46,570.0 $77,600.0
77 Delhi, LA 2,872 $28,822.0 $89,800.0
78 New Sarpy, LA 1,393 $31,432.0 $150,600.0
79 Port Barre, LA 1,774 $21,900.0 $88,600.0
80 Des Allemands, LA 1,597 $44,007.0 $108,000.0
81 Amite City, LA 4,393 $50,731.0 $150,800.0
82 Vinton, LA 3,343 $38,727.0 $90,400.0
83 Kaplan, LA 4,549 $35,201.0 $88,100.0
84 Pearl River, LA 2,556 $46,406.0 $175,300.0
85 Franklinton, LA 3,774 $25,736.0 $119,500.0
86 Delcambre, LA 2,267 $42,708.0 $79,100.0
87 Ferriday, LA 3,326 $22,917.0 $81,100.0
88 Urania, LA 1,413 $47,361.0 $66,900.0
89 Cottonport, LA 1,704 $23,274.0 $101,000.0
90 Dubach, LA 1,083 $28,846.0 $100,600.0
91 Golden Meadow, LA 2,023 $53,000.0 $86,400.0
92 North Vacherie, LA 2,071 $51,410.0 $151,100.0
93 Welsh, LA 3,234 $31,722.0 $109,000.0
94 Oak Grove, LA 1,740 $23,798.0 $89,400.0
95 Cecilia, LA 1,987 $49,057.0 $80,800.0
96 Lake Providence, LA 2,930 $17,801.0 $54,100.0
97 Olla, LA 1,701 $37,554.0 $65,100.0
98 Jena, LA 3,390 $32,176.0 $97,900.0
99 Rayville, LA 3,612 $23,333.0 $66,100.0
100 Farmerville, LA 3,815 $30,453.0 $80,800.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.