These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Louisiana For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Louisiana.

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Central, Youngsville, Harahan: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Louisiana. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Pelican State.

Central in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $73,301 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 7.2%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Louisiana share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 63 places in Louisiana with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Louisiana for 2019:

  1. Central (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Youngsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Harahan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Zachary (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Broussard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Mandeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Covington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Sulphur (Homes For Sale)
  9. Scott (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Kenner (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Louisiana.

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

How We Determined The Richest Places In Louisiana For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 63 places with more than 5,000 people in Louisiana, we ranked each place from 1 to 63 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, Central, crowned the “Richest City In Louisiana For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 63 places.

Central, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,462
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $73,301
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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.

Youngsville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,950
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $85,208
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Youngsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Harahan, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,367
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $65,082
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
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

8.5
/10

Population: 16,879
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $79,346
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
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 (26 km) north of the city of Baton Rouge, and had a population of 14,960 at the 2010 census, up from 11,275 in 2000.

Broussard, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,888
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,621
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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.

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,215
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $70,609
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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.

Covington, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,925
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $57,438
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 13.0%
More on Covington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Covington is a city in, and the parish seat of, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 8,765 at the 2010 census. It is located at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte River.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,237
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $53,058
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 15.5%
More on Sulphur: Real Estate | Data

Sulphur (French: Soufre) 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.

Scott, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,784
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $48,170
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
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.

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 67,253
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $53,336
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 16.0%
More on Kenner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenner (historically French: Cannes-Brûlées) 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 Wealthiest Places In Louisiana For 2019

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

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Louisiana

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Central 2.67 $73,301
2 Youngsville 3.0 $85,208
3 Harahan 3.0 $65,082
4 Zachary 3.33 $79,346
5 Broussard 4.67 $72,621
6 Mandeville 7.83 $70,609
7 Covington 10.83 $57,438
8 Sulphur 10.83 $53,058
9 Scott 11.0 $48,170
10 Kenner 12.67 $53,336
11 Patterson 13.17 $45,676
12 Denham Springs 13.83 $52,649
13 Gonzales 14.67 $58,082
14 Lafayette 15.67 $48,533
15 Ponchatoula 15.83 $43,681
16 Baker 16.83 $44,509
17 Bossier City 18.17 $48,468
18 Carencro 19.67 $38,807
19 Slidell 20.33 $55,168
20 Pineville 23.0 $42,405
21 Plaquemine 23.0 $47,853
22 Walker 23.67 $55,833
23 Morgan City 26.0 $42,483
24 Gretna 27.67 $41,260
25 Lake Charles 28.5 $40,910
26 Houma 29.0 $43,178
27 Port Allen 30.0 $40,164
28 Breaux Bridge 30.5 $36,743
29 St. Gabriel 31.5 $40,545
30 Deridder 32.0 $43,618
31 Thibodaux 32.5 $35,146
32 Shreveport 34.0 $37,390
33 New Orleans 35.17 $38,721
34 Baton Rouge 35.33 $40,948
35 Alexandria 36.0 $36,997
36 New Iberia 36.67 $39,059
37 Springhill 37.0 $27,857
38 West Monroe 37.0 $32,182
39 Minden 37.0 $28,450
40 St. Martinville 37.83 $27,841
41 Eunice 39.0 $29,189
42 Jennings 39.67 $29,874
43 Franklin 40.17 $37,850
44 Westwego 42.17 $32,318
45 Donaldsonville 44.5 $34,197
46 Leesville 44.67 $34,668
47 Oakdale 45.17 $25,893
48 Rayne 45.33 $31,653
49 Marksville 46.17 $25,980
50 Abbeville 47.67 $34,137
51 Hammond 48.0 $37,059
52 Richwood 48.67 $21,731
53 Jeanerette 50.0 $29,533
54 Monroe 50.33 $29,014
55 Opelousas 50.67 $20,005
56 Ruston 51.0 $27,411
57 Tallulah 53.0 $27,592
58 Bastrop 55.17 $21,364
59 Crowley 55.33 $26,645
60 Bogalusa 58.33 $24,600
61 Grambling 59.0 $22,129
62 Natchitoches 60.33 $21,579
63 Ville Platte 60.33 $19,716

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