These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Louisiana For 2018


We used science to determine the cream of the crop in the Bayou State

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Where are the best places in the state of Louisiana?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Pelican State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Louisiana.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 61 places in Louisiana, we came up with this list of the best places:

  1. Harahan (Photos)
  2. Mandeville (Photos)
  3. Broussard (Photos)
  4. Zachary (Photos)
  5. Lafayette (Photos)
  6. Youngsville (Photos)
  7. Scott (Photos)
  8. Sulphur (Photos)
  9. Covington (Photos)
  10. Kenner (Photos)

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Louisiana.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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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 5,100
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,100
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 61 cities, 165 towns, and 196 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 5,100 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

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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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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1. Harahan

Harahan, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,321
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $221,700 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (1st best)
When you look at it from a scientific perspective, Harahan is the best place you can live in Louisiana. Here’s why:

It’s really safe in this city with the 1st lowest crime rate. Plus, the median household income sits at $59,397 (Good for 6th best).

There are plenty of jobs nearby, as evident by the 2.1% unemployment rate.

Add that all up and Harahan places 1st in our ranking of the best places to live in Louisiana for 2018.

2. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,244
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $259,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (12th best)
The Town of Mandeville might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Mandeville isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $259,600 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Louisiana.

If Mandeville can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (6.0% is the 12th highest in the state.

3. Broussard

Broussard, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,221
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Values: $193,100 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (6th best)
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Broussard.

Broussard ranked impressively high for its crime rate (11th overall) and its short commute times (38th).

We think that’s worth the price of admission.

4. Zachary

Zachary, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,154
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Values: $206,300 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (2nd best)
Zachary has a strong showing in our best places to live in Louisiana analysis, coming it at 4th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you’re thinking of moving to Louisiana, Zachary is a great option.

5. Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,808
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Values: $177,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (11th best)
There’s two types of people who live in Lafayette. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $177,100 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Lafayette is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

6. Youngsville


Population: 10,878
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Values: $222,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (4th best)
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.

7. Scott

Scott, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,687
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Values: $151,200 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (7th best)
Taking its place as the 7th best place in Louisiana is Scott. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Louisiana.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 4.3% helps thing too.

8. Sulphur


Population: 20,198
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Home Values: $121,900 (36th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (20th best)
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Louisiana, as there were only 101 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 20th lowest in Louisiana (6.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 36th most expensive in Sulphur ($121,900), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $52,217 a year.

9. Covington

Covington, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,725
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Home Values: $208,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (9th best)
At an umeployment rate of 4.7%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Covington. And the residents command high salaries ($55,721 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($208,000 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Louisiana. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

10. Kenner

Kenner, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,954
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Values: $169,700 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (23rd best)
Kenner comes in 10th in our best places to live in Louisiana analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (24th overall) and crime rate (18th overall), Kenner is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Kenner in our lists for years to come.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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

  1. Bayou Country Club (Pop. 1,429)
  2. Westminster (Pop. 3,103)
  3. Elmwood (Pop. 4,658)
  4. Presquille (Pop. 1,659)
  5. Blanchard (Pop. 2,973)
  6. Brusly (Pop. 2,675)
  7. Milton (Pop. 3,027)
  8. Lakeshore (Pop. 1,755)
  9. Addis (Pop. 4,420)
  10. Eastwood (Pop. 4,649)

Best Small Towns To Live In Louisiana

  1. Bayou Corne (Pop. 33)
  2. Oak Ridge (Pop. 137)
  3. Hester (Pop. 373)
  4. Watson (Pop. 925)
  5. Gloster (Pop. 116)
  6. Quitman (Pop. 156)
  7. Madisonville (Pop. 769)
  8. Prospect (Pop. 651)
  9. Belmont (Pop. 373)
  10. Longville (Pop. 648)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Louisiana:

  1. Bastrop (Pop. 10,851)
  2. Bogalusa (Pop. 11,964)
  3. Opelousas (Pop. 16,605)

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Louisiana

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Harahan 1 1 9,321 2.1% $221,700
Mandeville 2 2 12,244 6.0% $259,600
Broussard 3 4 10,221 4.2% $193,100
Zachary 4 5 16,154 3.2% $206,300
Lafayette 5 5 125,808 5.2% $177,100
Youngsville 6 7 10,878 3.9% $222,300
Scott 7 9 8,687 4.3% $151,200
Sulphur 8 11 20,198 6.6% $121,900
Covington 9 10 9,725 4.7% $208,000
Kenner 10 8 66,954 6.9% $169,700
Plaquemine 11 3 6,920 6.1% $124,100
Houma 12 15 34,052 6.1% $154,800
Central 13 13 28,017 3.7% $191,000
Patterson 14 14 6,085 8.0% $107,400
Gretna 15 18 17,832 8.9% $163,200
Baton Rouge 16 12 228,694 8.8% $158,400
Slidell 17 16 27,697 10.0% $153,600
Carencro 18 28 8,420 7.6% $147,900
Walker 19 32 6,256 12.0% $155,700
Port Allen 20 21 5,123 8.0% $124,000
Gonzales 21 23 10,492 6.7% $155,100
Pineville 22 27 14,477 6.5% $131,100
New Orleans 23 24 382,922 9.8% $197,000
Thibodaux 24 17 14,565 9.0% $141,300
Westwego 25 26 8,545 14.0% $128,400
Lake Charles 26 22 75,044 8.3% $135,000
Shreveport 27 19 198,571 7.4% $133,600
Minden 28 33 12,790 9.8% $85,500
Denham Springs 29 29 10,278 6.9% $137,800
Baker 30 34 13,754 6.8% $120,800
Ruston 31 20 22,245 11.3% $163,600
Oakdale 32 25 7,693 7.7% $62,400
Ponchatoula 33 30 6,944 4.6% $141,800
Jennings 34 36 10,180 8.5% $98,800
New Iberia 35 31 30,717 11.6% $105,000
Deridder 36 34 10,918 8.2% $130,900
St. Martinville 37 40 6,096 3.9% $79,700
West Monroe 38 37 13,031 6.4% $115,300
Alexandria 39 42 48,044 11.3% $134,700
Breaux Bridge 40 43 8,331 10.9% $164,300
Springhill 41 39 5,149 6.5% $73,900
Leesville 42 38 6,551 10.3% $92,600
St. Gabriel 43 41 6,984 6.5% $130,800
Donaldsonville 44 47 7,916 9.9% $104,100
Rayne 45 46 8,051 11.6% $83,200
Crowley 46 48 13,155 14.1% $88,100
Eunice 47 44 10,199 6.3% $94,000
Marksville 48 53 5,560 7.9% $107,000
Tallulah 49 45 7,144 13.6% $57,600
Franklin 50 50 7,339 15.9% $75,900
Monroe 51 49 49,361 12.8% $134,100
Grambling 52 56 5,107 18.3% $88,200
Natchitoches 53 51 18,402 14.4% $140,900
Richwood 54 58 5,626 4.8% $47,500
Abbeville 55 57 12,408 15.7% $80,000
Ville Platte 56 59 7,338 21.6% $84,900
Hammond 57 52 20,389 14.8% $147,600
Jeanerette 58 55 5,526 24.3% $54,000
Opelousas 59 54 16,605 8.7% $92,700
Bogalusa 60 60 11,964 20.0% $67,000
Bastrop 61 61 10,851 11.6% $64,000

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