These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Louisiana

We used data and science to determine the places in Louisiana where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Louisiana, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Louisiana is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Pelican State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 49 places in Louisiana with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Patterson
  2. Harahan
  3. Mandeville
  4. Minden
  5. St. Gabriel
  6. Scott
  7. Baker
  8. De Ridder
  9. Gretna
  10. Westwego

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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How we calculated the safest cities in Louisiana

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (2014). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 34 crimes committed in Patterson which had a reported population of 6,111. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00556 which translates into a 1 in 180 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 49 places in Louisiana to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 49 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Louisiana".

The safest city, based on population, is Patterson. The most dangerous? Bastrop, where residents had a 1 in 54 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Patterson

Patterson - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,111
Property Crime Rank: 21
Violent Crime Rank: 13

2. Harahan

Harahan - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,319
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 29

3. Mandeville

Mandeville - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,251
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent Crime Rank: 27

4. Minden

Minden - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,922
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 25

5. St. Gabriel

St. Gabriel - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,918
Property Crime Rank: 24
Violent Crime Rank: 47

6. Scott

Scott - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,805
Property Crime Rank: 37
Violent Crime Rank: 30

7. Baker

Baker - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,811
Property Crime Rank: 48
Violent Crime Rank: 31

8. De Ridder

De Ridder - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,830
Property Crime Rank: 46
Violent Crime Rank: 37

9. Gretna

Gretna - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,818
Property Crime Rank: 49
Violent Crime Rank: 35

10. Westwego

Westwego - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,534
Property Crime Rank: 47
Violent Crime Rank: 53

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Patterson is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Louisiana residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Louisiana:
3rd Most Dangerous: Hammond
2nd Most Dangerous: Alexandria
Most Dangerous: Bastrop

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Louisiana

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
St. Gabriel56,9182447
De Ridder810,8304637
Morgan City1412,0205542
Port Allen195,1285954
West Monroe2513,09610010
Bossier City2867,4697466
New Orleans31387,1136689
Baton Rouge35229,3877188
Denham Springs4410,1319981

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