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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Patterson.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Pelican State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 53 cities in Louisiana with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Louisiana for 2018:
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 (Sept 2017) in Louisiana.
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 two criteria:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 102 crimes committed in Patterson which had a reported population of 6,105. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0167 which translates into a 1 in 59 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 2016. This left us with a total of 53 of the biggest cities in Louisiana to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 53 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Louisiana".
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.
Population: 6,105 Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,654 (4th safest) More on Patterson:Real Estate | Data
Patterson is a small city in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,112 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Morgan City Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 7,697 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 233 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,325 (1st safest) More on Oakdale:Photos | Real Estate | Data
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Population: 9,092 Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,562 (11th safest) More on Scott:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Scott is the fourth largest municipality in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population rose to over 8,000 according to the 2010 census results. Scott is a suburb of Lafayette and is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 12,615 Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,989 (7th safest) More on Minden:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Minden is a small city in and the parish seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, United States. It is located twenty-eight miles (45 km) east of Shreveport in Caddo Parish. The population has been relatively stable since 1960, when it was 12,786. Minden is 51.7 percent African American.
Population: 12,423 Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 209 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,173 (9th safest) More on Mandeville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Mandeville is a small city in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,560 at the 2010 census. Mandeville is located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, south of Interstate 12. It is across the lake from the city of New Orleans and its southshore suburbs. It is part of the New Orleans?Metairie?Kenner metropolitan area.
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Population: 8,763 Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 10) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 216 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,054 (8th safest) More on Carencro:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Carencro (/kærnkro/; historically French: St.-Pierre) is a small city in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. It is a suburb of the nearby city of Lafayette. The population was 7,526 at the 2010 census, up from 6,120 at the 2000 census. Its name comes from the Cajun French word for buzzard: the spot was one where large flocks of buzzards roosted in the bald cypress trees. The name means "carrion crow."
Population: 5,064 Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 177 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,159 (16th safest) More on Springhill:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Springhill is a city in northernmost Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,279 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 160 since 2000. Springhill is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area though it is thirty miles north of Minden, the seat of government of Webster Parish. The Springhill population is 34 percent African American, compared to 25 percent minority in 2000.