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
Patterson16,1112113
Harahan29,3192829
Mandeville312,2513227
Minden412,9223325
St. Gabriel56,9182447
Scott68,8053730
Baker713,8114831
De Ridder810,8304637
Gretna917,8184935
Westwego108,5344753
Zachary1116,1255246
Kenner1267,0376034
Jennings1310,1385149
Morgan City1412,0205542
Springhill155,2004561
Carencro168,4665350
Broussard179,6536139
Sulphur41820,084808
Port Allen195,1285954
Covington209,4966352
Thibodaux2114,5656557
Houma2234,1296463
Slidell2327,6247740
Tallulah247,1857065
West Monroe2513,09610010
Franklin267,4076775
Walker276,1876974
Bossier City2867,4697466
Monroe2949,90010111
Shreveport30200,1847373
New Orleans31387,1136689
Lafayette32125,1227967
Abbeville3312,4896892
Mansfield345,0618368
Baton Rouge35229,3877188
Gonzales3610,4269355
Rayne378,0487586
Pineville3814,4648669
Bogalusa3911,9608285
Leesville406,6329762
Ponchatoula416,9019671
Eunice4210,3288896
Natchitoches4318,2489291
Denham Springs4410,1319981
Marksville455,5659199
Opelousas4616,45595100
Hammond4720,41610294
Alexandria4848,61898101
Bastrop4910,85710397

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