Top 15 Safest Cities In Louisiana For 2018

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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:

  1. Patterson (Homes)
  2. Harahan (Photos | Homes)
  3. De Ridder (Homes)
  4. Oakdale (Photos | Homes)
  5. Scott (Photos | Homes)
  6. Minden (Photos | Homes)
  7. Mandeville (Photos | Homes)
  8. Carencro (Photos | Homes)
  9. Springhill (Photos | Homes)
  10. Broussard (Photos | Homes)
  11. St. Gabriel (Photos | Homes)
  12. Port Allen (Photos | Homes)
  13. Jennings (Photos | Homes)
  14. Westwego (Photos | Homes)
  15. Kenner (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 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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Patterson. The most dangerous city in Louisiana? Monroe, where residents had a 1 in 8 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.

1. Patterson

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.

2. Harahan

Harahan, LA

Population: 9,364
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 96 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,345 (3rd 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.

3. De Ridder

De Ridder, LA

Population: 10,939
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 182 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,746 (5th safest)
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4. Oakdale

Oakdale, LA

Population: 7,697
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 233 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,325 (1st safest)
More on Oakdale: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. Scott

Scott, LA
Source: Public domain

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: 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.

6. Minden

Minden, LA

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: 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.

7. Mandeville

Mandeville, LA

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: 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.

8. Carencro

Carencro, LA
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Carencro 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."

9. Springhill

Springhill, LA

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: PhotosReal 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.

10. Broussard

Broussard, LA

Population: 11,998
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 258 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,400 (10th safest)
More on Broussard: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Broussard is a small city in Lafayette parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 6,754 from the 2005 Census Est.

11. St. Gabriel

St. Gabriel, LA

Population: 7,183
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 445 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,336 (2nd 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.

12. Port Allen

Port Allen, LA
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,116
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 371 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,876 (6th safest)
More on Port Allen: PhotosReal Estate | Data

13. Jennings

Jennings, LA

Population: 10,140
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 285 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,165 (17th safest)
More on Jennings: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Jennings is a city in and the parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, United States, near Lake Charles. The population was 10,383 at the 2010 census, a small decline from the 2000 tabulation. The city is 68 percent white.

14. Westwego

Westwego, LA

Population: 8,543
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 327 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,680 (12th 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.

15. Kenner

Kenner, LA

Population: 67,164
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 288 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,327 (20th safest)
More on Kenner: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Kenner is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. State of Louisiana. It is the largest city in Jefferson Parish, United States, Louisiana's second-most populous parish, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 66,702 at the 2010 census.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Patterson 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. Monroe
  2. Bastrop
  3. Alexandria
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Louisiana For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Patterson, LA 6,105 16 1,654
2 Harahan, LA 9,364 96 1,345
3 De Ridder, LA 10,939 182 1,746
4 Oakdale, LA 7,697 233 1,325
5 Scott, LA 9,092 76 2,562
6 Minden, LA 12,615 206 1,989
7 Mandeville, LA 12,423 209 2,173
8 Carencro, LA 8,763 216 2,054
9 Springhill, LA 5,064 177 3,159
10 Broussard, LA 11,998 258 2,400
11 St. Gabriel, LA 7,183 445 1,336
12 Port Allen, LA 5,116 371 1,876
13 Jennings, LA 10,140 285 3,165
14 Westwego, LA 8,543 327 2,680
15 Kenner, LA 67,164 288 3,327
16 Gretna, LA 17,908 234 3,791
17 Covington, LA 10,178 363 3,026
18 Rayne, LA 8,031 485 2,938
19 Ruston, LA 22,416 499 2,774
20 Zachary, LA 16,753 447 3,181
21 Walker, LA 6,351 519 3,511
22 Houma, LA 34,410 485 4,100
23 Slidell, LA 28,107 373 4,354
24 Plaquemine, LA 6,825 630 3,501
25 Ville Platte, LA 7,234 290 6,358
26 Crowley, LA 13,119 815 3,285
27 Denham Springs, LA 10,107 316 6,450
28 Thibodaux, LA 14,588 616 4,064
29 Franklin, LA 7,236 677 4,021
30 Lafayette, LA 128,923 497 4,977
31 Sulphur, LA 20,142 501 4,428
32 Breaux Bridge, LA 8,446 319 7,838
33 Abbeville, LA 12,471 938 3,800
34 Lake Charles, LA 76,864 850 4,102
35 Eunice, LA 10,291 631 5,363
36 Morgan City, LA 11,731 792 5,123
37 New Orleans, LA 397,208 1,069 3,920
38 Bossier City, LA 69,384 843 4,620
39 Baton Rouge, LA 228,389 938 4,349
40 Gonzales, LA 10,860 488 8,278
41 Shreveport, LA 196,467 949 5,456
42 West Monroe, LA 12,942 679 7,641
43 Pineville, LA 14,379 945 6,245
44 Leesville, LA 6,270 893 6,969
45 Bogalusa, LA 11,882 1,321 5,571
46 Natchitoches, LA 18,332 1,025 7,042
47 Marksville, LA 5,499 1,145 7,037
48 Ponchatoula, LA 7,168 1,395 7,087
49 Opelousas, LA 16,557 1,509 7,990
50 Hammond, LA 20,576 1,389 10,356
51 Alexandria, LA 47,936 1,842 8,534
52 Bastrop, LA 10,595 1,444 11,514
53 Monroe, LA 49,677 3,005 9,352

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