These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Louisiana


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Louisiana (in which to live):

  1. Watson
  2. Hester
  3. Downsville
  4. Madisonville
  5. Lacassine
  6. Calhoun
  7. Vienna
  8. Grand Cane
  9. Folsom
  10. Prospect

If you live in one of these small towns like Watson, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Louisiana.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Louisiana

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 155 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 155, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Louisiana. Top of that list — Watson.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Louisiana. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Louisiana.

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1. Watson


Population 2014: 927
Median Income: $66,571
Median Home Price: $183,300
Crime Per 100k: 2,889

2. Hester


Population 2014: 424
Median Income: $59,773
Median Home Price: $191,700
Crime Per 100k: 2,396

3. Downsville


Population 2014: 235
Median Income: $68,214
Median Home Price: $101,100
Crime Per 100k: 4,667

4. Madisonville


Population 2014: 748
Median Income: $52,250
Median Home Price: $262,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,632

5. Lacassine


Population 2014: 405
Median Income: $70,781
Median Home Price: $98,400
Crime Per 100k: 4,480

6. Calhoun


Population 2014: 1,069
Median Income: $78,078
Median Home Price: $110,400
Crime Per 100k: 1,377

7. Vienna


Population 2014: 461
Median Income: $63,625
Median Home Price: $170,800
Crime Per 100k: 3,092

8. Grand Cane


Population 2014: 230
Median Income: $58,036
Median Home Price: $99,200
Crime Per 100k: 3,119

9. Folsom


Population 2014: 628
Median Income: $47,125
Median Home Price: $153,800
Crime Per 100k: 2,544

10. Prospect


Population 2014: 606
Median Income: $39,523
Median Home Price: $181,800
Crime Per 100k: 4,277

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 10 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. Eros
  2. Siracusaville
  3. Rodessa

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Louisiana

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Watson 1 927 $66,571 $183,300 2,889
Hester 2 424 $59,773 $191,700 2,396
Downsville 3 235 $68,214 $101,100 4,667
Madisonville 4 748 $52,250 $262,800 1,632
Lacassine 5 405 $70,781 $98,400 4,480
Calhoun 6 1,069 $78,078 $110,400 1,377
Vienna 7 461 $63,625 $170,800 3,092
Grand Cane 8 230 $58,036 $99,200 3,119
Folsom 9 628 $47,125 $153,800 2,544
Prospect 10 606 $39,523 $181,800 4,277
Monterey 11 614 $41,875 $110,200 4,519
Mer Rouge 12 611 $35,833 $103,400 5,036
Dry Prong 13 557 $52,000 $102,300 4,947
Edgefield 14 350 $47,500 $87,900 5,109
Grosse Tete 15 930 $48,281 $80,500 4,643
Port Vincent 16 736 $47,232 $124,400 2,865
Simpson 17 697 $57,692 $99,300 4,767
Turkey Creek 18 348 $76,250 $129,800 3,819
Lemannville 19 1,043 $76,016 $68,700 2,046
Parks 20 468 $34,750 $85,700 4,670
Heflin 21 202 $59,625 $105,000 4,547
Leonville 22 1,255 $38,971 $68,200 1,940
Estherwood 23 978 $56,591 $80,700 5,217
Reeves 24 286 $52,917 $97,000 5,050
Hornbeck 25 540 $52,604 $75,000 5,111
Sarepta 26 967 $48,500 $67,900 5,298
Belcher 27 204 $43,750 $109,400 3,732
Quitman 28 168 $33,750 $85,000 4,805
Lisbon 29 370 $58,750 $104,600 4,927
Killian 30 1,024 $53,125 $157,900 2,705
Belmont 31 583 $44,808 $79,000 5,350
Tickfaw 32 687 $39,531 $73,800 2,329
Barataria 33 882 $34,511 $187,500 3,268
Kraemer 34 1,186 $49,306 $91,700 1,733
Loreauville 35 583 $34,583 $88,400 5,064
Richmond 36 550 $45,893 $88,300 4,973
Greensburg 37 744 $27,167 $79,700 5,270
Sorrel 38 709 $44,355 $66,900 5,302
East Hodge 39 428 $15,096 $109,400 5,800
Moreauville 40 1,355 $34,792 $87,900 2,643
Washington 41 690 $13,125 $84,800 4,640
Fisher 42 210 $70,000 $63,300 435
Romeville 43 76 $46,100 $119,000 4,500
Creola 44 343 $74,375 $17,500 6,389
Hodge 45 514 $42,083 $74,800 5,451
Spearsville 46 157 $38,750 $66,400 4,695
Plaucheville 47 289 $18,750 $126,800 3,920
Elizabeth 48 554 $45,833 $74,200 5,206
Dubberly 49 216 $43,750 $79,000 5,211
Grayson 50 505 $27,663 $84,400 5,344
Forest 51 279 $58,295 $78,700 4,578
Morganza 52 789 $32,235 $91,200 5,248
Cameron 53 275 $61,731 $95,500 4,418
Keachi 54 312 $51,250 $82,500 5,439
Buras 55 775 $36,445 $61,900 4,888
Bordelonville 56 1,062 $37,688 $108,900 1,750
Calvin 57 245 $42,250 $61,300 5,591
North Hodge 58 452 $30,833 $58,800 5,880
Lecompte 59 951 $26,442 $69,100 5,685
Junction City 60 557 $25,096 $81,300 5,949
Longstreet 61 433 $34,806 $65,900 6,108
Start 62 777 $43,472 $103,300 4,364
Fort Jesup 63 446 $41,094 $102,600 4,009
Oretta 64 806 $46,042 $72,800 6,200
Plain Dealing 65 1,047 $28,571 $71,100 1,966
Lydia 66 719 $43,021 $105,200 4,749
Hessmer 67 901 $28,939 $88,100 5,374
Hayes 68 755 $52,604 $113,300 5,379
Gilliam 69 133 $31,563 $122,500 4,414
Frierson 70 482 $50,338 $66,600 6,527
Venice 71 217 $28,750 $123,400 5,125
Springfield 72 426 $28,958 $117,200 4,831
Pollock 73 590 $38,750 $92,500 846
Marion 74 799 $25,313 $67,100 1,733
Noble 75 268 $49,444 $56,500 5,639
Doyline 76 841 $40,714 $75,600 5,401
Chataignier 77 392 $26,250 $80,800 5,664
Columbia 78 399 $38,229 $62,500 5,577
Rock Hill 79 279 $29,583 $60,900 5,827
Dubach 80 830 $26,793 $78,800 5,736
Gillis 81 561 $26,000 $74,400 5,616
Ashland 82 312 $39,583 $58,500 5,589
Mooringsport 83 879 $32,692 $59,400 5,845
Wisner 84 1,059 $27,500 $45,000 2,135
Sikes 85 134 $46,458 $58,300 5,169
Provencal 86 613 $44,286 $62,500 5,861
Norwood 87 338 $28,125 $84,300 325
Merryville 88 981 $31,563 $77,400 5,626
Oil City 89 680 $27,386 $48,200 1,692
Fifth Ward 90 727 $28,561 $70,600 5,614
Ridgecrest 91 706 $41,979 $55,600 5,847
Pioneer 92 326 $38,750 $67,000 6,228
Chatham 93 735 $24,671 $44,100 6,395
Bienville 94 262 $43,667 $53,300 3,257
Kilbourne 95 587 $26,650 $82,500 5,715
Atlanta 96 113 $52,813 $39,500 5,176
Montgomery 97 763 $21,250 $53,500 1,418
Evergreen 98 315 $29,167 $77,300 5,574
Starks 99 611 $37,188 $72,300 5,306
Hosston 100 318 $33,125 $79,300 5,448

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