These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Louisiana For 2019

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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 Addis.

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 55 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 2019:

  1. Addis (Homes)
  2. Minden (Photos | Homes)
  3. Youngsville (Photos | Homes)
  4. Tallulah (Photos | Homes)
  5. Mandeville (Photos | Homes)
  6. Harahan (Photos | Homes)
  7. Scott (Photos | Homes)
  8. De Ridder (Homes)
  9. St. Gabriel (Photos | Homes)
  10. Westwego (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Louisiana, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Louisiana

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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 2018) 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)
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For example, there were a total of 9 crimes committed in Addis which had a reported population of 5,117. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0018 which translates into a 1 in 568 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 2017. This left us with a total of 55 of the biggest cities in Louisiana to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 55 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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Addis. The most dangerous city in Louisiana? Bastrop, where residents had a 1 in 9 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.

Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,117
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 175 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
More on Addis: Real Estate | Data

Minden, LA
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 12,497
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,704 (6th safest)
More on Minden: PhotosReal 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 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. Youngsville, LA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 13,679
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 116 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,235 (4th safest)
More on Youngsville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Tallulah, LA
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 6,970
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 186 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 272 (2nd safest)
More on Tallulah: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Tallulah is a small city in and the parish seat of Madison Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States. The 2010 population was 7,335, a decrease of 1,854, or 20.2 percent, from the 9,189 tabulation at the 2000 census. The city is nearly 77 percent African American. Tallulah is the principal city of the Tallulah Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Madison Parish. The Madison Parish Sheriff's office operates the Steve Hoyle Rehabilitation Center in Tallulah. Mandeville, LA
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 12,503
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,991 (9th safest)
More on Mandeville: PhotosReal 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.
Harahan, LA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 9,373
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,525 (5th safest)
More on Harahan: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Harahan is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 9,277 at the 2010 census. Scott, LA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 8,780
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 68 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,289 (12th safest)
More on Scott: PhotosReal 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.

8. De Ridder

De Ridder, LA
Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 11,116
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 179 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,988 (8th safest)
More on De Ridder: 

St. Gabriel, LA
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 7,298
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 287 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,109 (3rd safest)
More on St. Gabriel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

St. Gabriel is a city in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,677 at the 2010 census. The city of St. Gabriel includes the areas of Sunshine and Carville. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area. Westwego, LA
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 8,532
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 257 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,957 (7th safest)
More on Westwego: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Westwego is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 8,534 at the 2010 census. It lies along the west bank of the Mississippi River.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Pelican State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Addis is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Louisiana residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Louisiana according to the data:

  1. Bastrop
  2. Hammond
  3. Monroe
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Louisiana For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Addis, LA 5,117 175 0
2 Minden, LA 12,497 64 1,704
3 Youngsville, LA 13,679 116 1,235
4 Tallulah, LA 6,970 186 272
5 Mandeville, LA 12,503 111 1,991
6 Harahan, LA 9,373 181 1,525
7 Scott, LA 8,780 68 2,289
8 De Ridder, LA 11,116 179 1,988
9 St. Gabriel, LA 7,298 287 1,109
10 Westwego, LA 8,532 257 1,957
11 Broussard, LA 12,125 222 2,235
12 Covington, LA 10,571 274 2,279
13 Carencro, LA 8,944 223 2,359
14 Springhill, LA 5,012 119 3,551
15 Gretna, LA 17,923 217 3,130
16 Jennings, LA 10,074 208 3,811
17 Kenner, LA 67,149 287 3,133
18 Baker, LA 13,584 375 2,694
19 Slidell, LA 28,163 344 3,533
20 Plaquemine, LA 6,727 445 2,943
21 Patterson, LA 6,053 528 2,742
22 Houma, LA 34,083 360 3,652
23 Port Allen, LA 5,085 629 2,300
24 Thibodaux, LA 14,617 417 3,954
25 Ruston, LA 22,438 548 3,208
26 Sulphur, LA 20,247 469 4,138
27 Rayne, LA 8,167 783 3,171
28 Lafayette, LA 128,691 560 4,555
29 Zachary, LA 17,072 691 4,469
30 Eunice, LA 10,258 477 5,293
31 Denham Springs, LA 10,329 367 7,009
32 Franklin, LA 7,108 675 4,895
33 Bossier City, LA 69,632 768 4,714
34 Morgan City, LA 11,530 806 4,501
35 Lake Charles, LA 77,647 821 4,538
36 Breaux Bridge, LA 8,451 378 7,502
37 Ville Platte, LA 7,244 552 6,750
38 New Orleans, LA 397,447 1,121 4,243
39 Walker, LA 6,447 806 5,708
40 Shreveport, LA 193,937 953 5,575
41 West Monroe, LA 12,891 651 8,075
42 Leesville, LA 6,226 947 5,830
43 Baton Rouge, LA 227,403 1,026 5,594
44 Gonzales, LA 11,012 835 6,828
45 Bogalusa, LA 11,865 1,297 5,217
46 Crowley, LA 13,026 1,635 5,189
47 Marksville, LA 5,489 1,184 6,722
48 Pineville, LA 14,473 1,022 7,234
49 Natchitoches, LA 18,284 1,186 6,464
50 Ponchatoula, LA 7,317 1,134 8,555
51 Alexandria, LA 47,860 1,441 8,769
52 Opelousas, LA 16,504 1,811 8,446
53 Monroe, LA 49,354 2,224 8,232
54 Hammond, LA 20,712 1,487 9,685
55 Bastrop, LA 10,458 1,510 9,428

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