These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Louisiana For 2017

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

  1. Harahan
  2. Patterson
  3. Scott
  4. Port Allen
  5. Mandeville
  6. Minden
  7. Westwego
  8. Jennings
  9. Morgan City
  10. Gretna

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

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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 (Sept 2015). 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 1,470 crimes committed in Harahan which had a reported population of 9,328. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.158 which translates into a 1 in 6 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 48 places in Louisiana to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 48 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 Harahan. The most dangerous? Monroe, where residents had a 1 in 6 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. Harahan

Harahan - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,328
Property Crime Rank: 493
Violent Crime Rank: 977

2. Patterson

Patterson - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,106
Property Crime Rank: 727
Violent Crime Rank: 1,261

3. Scott

Scott - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,865
Property Crime Rank: 1,350
Violent Crime Rank: 1,047

4. Port Allen

Port Allen - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,137
Property Crime Rank: 517
Violent Crime Rank: 2,825

5. Mandeville

Mandeville - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,187
Property Crime Rank: 1,796
Violent Crime Rank: 1,037

6. Minden

Minden - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,887
Property Crime Rank: 1,854
Violent Crime Rank: 1,336

7. Westwego

Westwego - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,564
Property Crime Rank: 2,327
Violent Crime Rank: 2,144

8. Jennings

Jennings - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,226
Property Crime Rank: 2,599
Violent Crime Rank: 1,750

9. Morgan City

Morgan City - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,019
Property Crime Rank: 2,574
Violent Crime Rank: 2,132

10. Gretna

Gretna - Safest Places In Louisiana
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,827
Property Crime Rank: 2,497
Violent Crime Rank: 2,295

There You Have It - The Safest In Louisiana

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Harahan 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: Bastrop
2nd Most Dangerous: Alexandria
Most Dangerous: Monroe

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Louisiana

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Harahan19,328493977
Patterson26,1067271,261
Scott38,8651,3501,047
Port Allen45,1375172,825
Mandeville512,1871,7961,037
Minden612,8871,8541,336
Westwego78,5642,3272,144
Jennings810,2262,5991,750
Morgan City912,0192,5742,132
Gretna1017,8272,4972,295
Springhill115,1942,8812,054
Ruston1222,1852,5972,871
Zachary1315,8682,5912,981
Covington149,3503,0212,307
Broussard159,6373,2441,980
Tallulah167,1872,4123,376
Carencro178,2692,8772,882
Crowley1813,1932,3003,668
Rayne197,9882,8473,217
Franklin207,4353,0293,037
Sulphur2120,1993,2962,866
Thibodaux2214,5793,1143,194
Slidell2327,5673,5152,583
Lake Charles2474,1903,1133,463
Walker256,2053,1933,413
New Orleans26376,7383,0673,657
Breaux Bridge278,2863,8112,371
Bossier City2866,0933,2833,490
Baton Rouge29229,1863,2643,578
Lafayette30124,9823,5333,180
Houma3133,9823,5223,291
Shreveport32200,0153,4563,526
Eunice3310,2523,6733,213
Gonzales3410,3193,8263,055
Abbeville3512,3813,4343,740
Denham Springs3610,1263,8103,309
Ville Platte377,3273,6933,567
Pineville3814,4553,6613,662
Leesville396,6083,7903,502
Bogalusa4012,0063,6693,771
Marksville415,5943,6183,829
Natchitoches4218,4603,7583,775
Opelousas4316,6383,7853,739
Hammond4420,2723,8443,679
Ponchatoula456,8453,8053,761
Bastrop4610,9493,8483,747
Alexandria4747,9853,8193,849
Monroe4849,5293,8183,853

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