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.
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:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
Population: 6,111Property Crime Rank: 21Violent Crime Rank: 13
Population: 9,319Property Crime Rank: 28Violent Crime Rank: 29
Population: 12,251Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 27
Population: 12,922Property Crime Rank: 33Violent Crime Rank: 25
5. St. Gabriel
Population: 6,918Property Crime Rank: 24Violent Crime Rank: 47
Population: 8,805Property Crime Rank: 37Violent Crime Rank: 30
Population: 13,811Property Crime Rank: 48Violent Crime Rank: 31
8. De Ridder
Population: 10,830Property Crime Rank: 46Violent Crime Rank: 37
Population: 17,818Property Crime Rank: 49Violent Crime Rank: 35
Population: 8,534Property Crime Rank: 47Violent 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