As we’ve stated before in a previous article, the state of Louisiana is certainly a gem. It’s got more culture in its pinky than America has in its hand. The residents are very likeable, and there’s a lot of history and beauty throughout.
Our goal in this post is to use science to determine which of Louisiana’s cities are the best. It isn’t a knock on other places there, but, when it’s all said and done, statistically, this gives the cities at the top a lot of bragging rights.
After analyzing the largest 109 cities, we came up with this list as the 10 best places in Louisiana:
- Harahan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mandeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Broussard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Zachary (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lafayette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Youngsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Scott (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sulphur (Homes For Sale)
- Covington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kenner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Harahan if you’re thinking of moving to Louisiana — it’s the best the Pelican State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Louisiana.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Baton Rouge with a population of 228,694 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 61 cities, 163 towns, and 161 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Louisiana
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Louisiana across a number of criteria from one to 61, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Louisiana”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Louisiana.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Harahan at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Harahan has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Louisiana.
The unemployment rate is the 1st lowest in the state at 2.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $59,397, and the average cost of a home is $221,700. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Harahan one of America’s gems.
Mandeville is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 2nd best place in Louisiana?
Homes are priced around $259,600 and residents have the 56th shortest commute in Louisiana.
If you don’t have a job in Broussard, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 4.2%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $71,250.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
The Town of Zachary consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let’s see why Zachary ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Zachary are the 5th most expensive in the state of Louisiana, with the average home worth a whopping $206,300. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Zachary if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Zachary residents have the 2nd highest income in the state, and the 19th lowest crime numbers in Louisiana.
The Town of Lafayette might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Lafayette isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $177,100 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Louisiana.
If Lafayette can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (5.2% is the 11th highest in the state.
This isn’t a knock on the rest of Louisiana, but tiny Youngsville is a little slice of heaven down there in the Bayou State. Youngsville, a small town just south of Lafayette, blew away the rest of the state across the board.
The weather, measured in terms of rain, sunny days and humidity, is statistically almost the best here, and the residents here earn far more than residents in other areas of the state. And when you have really low crime, life is good.
Scott offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.
The unemployment rate sits as the 7th lowest in Louisiana and incomes are the 16th highest.
When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.
Sulphur had the 20th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (6.6%) and the 29th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Sulphur is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
Covington is feeling the love as it ranks as the 9th best city to live in Louisiana for 2016.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (8th overall) and low crime (17th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Louisiana”.
Kenner makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Louisiana mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 6.9% of folks are jobless, you can bet Kenner residents are glad to live where they do.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Louisiana
If you’re looking at areas in Louisiana with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Harahan made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Louisiana
- Bayou Country Club (Pop. 1,429)
- Westminster (Pop. 3,103)
- Elmwood (Pop. 4,658)
- Presquille (Pop. 1,659)
- Blanchard (Pop. 2,973)
- Brusly (Pop. 2,675)
- Milton (Pop. 3,027)
- Lakeshore (Pop. 1,755)
- Addis (Pop. 4,420)
- Eastwood (Pop. 4,649)
Best Small Towns To Live In Louisiana
- Oak Ridge (Pop. 137)
- Hester (Pop. 373)
- Watson (Pop. 925)
- Quitman (Pop. 156)
- Madisonville (Pop. 769)
- Prospect (Pop. 651)
- Gilliam (Pop. 102)
- Belmont (Pop. 373)
- Port Vincent (Pop. 919)
- Parks (Pop. 836)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Louisiana according to the data:
- Opelousas (Pop. 16,605)
- Bogalusa (Pop. 11,964)
- Bastrop (Pop. 10,851)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Louisiana