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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:
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)
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".
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: 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: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 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: 6,970 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 186 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 272 (2nd safest) More on Tallulah:Photos | Real 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.
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: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.
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: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: 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:Photos | Real 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.