Richest Cities In Louisiana For 2020


We analyzed 63 places in Louisiana to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Louisiana.

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Want to know where the richest of the rich congregate in the Bayou State? Read on to see what the wealthiest cities in Louisiana are.

While Louisiana is most famous for New Orleans, you won't find the Big Easy on this list. Some of its more affluent suburbs like Harahan and Kenner did make the cut, however. And while the capital Baton Rouge didn't dazzle us with riches, its suburb of Zachary did. 9 out of 10 of the cities on this list are also featured on our list of best places to live in Louisiana. It makes sense that the folks with the most money would want to live in the best places the state has to offer.

So how did Homesnacks determine which cities have the most going for them in terms of dollars and cents? We've taken the guesswork out of it by using science and data to determine where you can get gold-plated crawfish in Louisiana. By looking over the Census data from the American Community Survey for 62 Louisiana cities with 5,000, and then looking at each city's numbers on unemployment, poverty, and median income, we were able to determine the richest spots in the state.

What do you need to earn to live in the richest cities in Louisiana? Luckily, it's not a discouragingly high number. The top five places on this list have an average median income of around $75,000/year, and you can do well for yourself in the city of Scott on under $50,000/year.

So if you want to know where Louisiana's elite go to make money for the highest quality Cajun food, private suites for Saints games, and the most extravagant Mardi Gras celebrations, read on.

You may be asking how Homesnacks arrived at the conclusion that the cities above are the richest in Louisiana. Well, first we narrowed the potential places down to those with a population of at least 5,000. Then we looked at which cities had the lowest rates of poverty and unemployment and the highest median household income.

That left us with 62 cities to score and the data to answer the question: what's the wealthiest city in the Louisiana? According to the data, Youngsville is the place in Louisiana with the richest of the rich for 2020.

So if you want to live like an aristocrat in one of the country's great cultural hubs, be sure to check out the list below.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Louisiana:

The 10 Richest Cities In Louisiana For 2020

Youngsville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,753
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $86,637
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Youngsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,577
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $71,482
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Central: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central is the thirteenth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is the second largest city in East Baton Rouge Parish. Central became the state's newest city in April 2005. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Central was 26,864 as of the 2010 census.

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,252
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $71,643
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Mandeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Broussard, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,412
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $69,620
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
More on Broussard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Harahan, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,309
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $63,854
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.7%
More on Harahan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Zachary, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,056
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $78,089
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Zachary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Zachary is a city in the East Baton Rouge parish of Louisiana in the United States. It lies 16 miles north of the city of Baton Rouge, and had a population of 14,960 at the 2010 census, up from 11,275 in 2000.

Scott, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,761
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $51,213
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Scott: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

St. Gabriel, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,200
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 21)
Median Income: $54,688
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 17.7%
More on St. Gabriel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sulphur, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,241
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $53,522
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 12.4%
More on Sulphur: Real Estate | Data

Sulphur is a city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 20,410 at the 2010 census. Sulphur is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Patterson, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,012
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,631
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 14.3%
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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Louisiana For 2020

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Louisiana
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 62 places with more than 5,000 people in Louisiana, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Youngsville, crowned the "Richest City In Louisiana For 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 62 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Louisiana For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Louisiana, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Louisiana.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Louisiana, according to data:

Poorest: Natchitoches
2nd Poorest: Ville Platte
3rd Poorest: Bogalusa

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Louisiana

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Youngsville 2.0 $86,637
2 Central 3.67 $71,482
3 Mandeville 5.0 $71,643
4 Broussard 5.0 $69,620
5 Harahan 5.33 $63,854
6 Zachary 5.33 $78,089
7 Scott 10.67 $51,213
8 St. Gabriel 10.67 $54,688
9 Sulphur 10.67 $53,522
10 Patterson 11.0 $45,631
11 Covington 11.0 $56,754
12 Denham Springs 12.67 $52,212
13 Kenner 14.0 $53,885
14 Baker 14.67 $48,039
15 Gonzales 15.33 $56,672
16 Slidell 16.33 $54,733
17 Lafayette 17.33 $50,182
18 Bossier City 17.67 $50,652
19 Ponchatoula 18.67 $41,834
20 Walker 21.0 $58,464
21 Gretna 21.33 $46,057
22 Pineville 22.33 $45,550
23 Breaux Bridge 22.67 $42,572
24 Carencro 26.0 $36,531
25 Lake Charles 26.0 $41,538
26 Port Allen 29.0 $41,563
27 Plaquemine 31.0 $41,185
28 Shreveport 31.33 $38,279
29 Houma 31.67 $43,780
30 Deridder 31.67 $43,197
31 Thibodaux 31.67 $34,375
32 Morgan City 32.33 $40,744
33 Baton Rouge 32.67 $41,761
34 New Orleans 34.33 $39,576
35 Alexandria 35.0 $40,353
36 West Monroe 39.0 $33,664
37 Minden 39.67 $26,056
38 Rayne 40.67 $34,670
39 St. Martinville 40.67 $27,003
40 Franklin 41.33 $35,852
41 New Iberia 41.33 $37,628
42 Hammond 42.0 $40,127
43 Westwego 43.0 $29,854
44 Ruston 44.33 $30,119
45 Jennings 45.0 $29,688
46 Oakdale 45.67 $25,550
47 Marksville 46.0 $30,439
48 Abbeville 46.33 $36,696
49 Leesville 46.33 $32,280
50 Monroe 46.67 $30,009
51 Opelousas 47.67 $21,522
52 Eunice 48.33 $31,123
53 Grambling 49.67 $24,505
54 Tallulah 50.0 $26,385
55 Bastrop 50.67 $20,439
56 Jeanerette 52.0 $28,713
57 Richwood 53.0 $22,991
58 Crowley 54.0 $27,089
59 Donaldsonville 56.67 $22,716
60 Bogalusa 57.0 $25,282
61 Ville Platte 59.0 $20,534
62 Natchitoches 60.0 $21,854

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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