10 Best Places To Live In Louisiana For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Louisiana.

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As we've stated before in a previous article, the state of Louisiana is certainly home to some gems.

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 the state that makes it the envy of the South.

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.

We looked at data from the FBI on crime, the Census for things like home prices and education, and the best schools to determine the best places to live in Louisiana.

After analyzing the largest 61 cities, we came up with this list as the ten best places in Louisiana. Grab yourself some crawfish and a beignet from Cafe Du Monde and get ready for the best Louisiana has to offer.

It looks like there's a virtual tie between the Baton Rouge and New Orleans suburbs. Overall, folks, both are great places to live in Louisiana.

What's the best place to live in Louisiana? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, Harahan ranks as the best place to live in Louisiana for 2019 -- quite the catch if you can afford to live here.

If you're analyzing places in Louisiana with the best economic situations, where there's low crime and there's a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

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 10 Best Places To Live In Louisiana For 2019

Harahan, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,321
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $221,700 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (1st best)
More on Harahan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Harahan is another great city in Louisiana with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Harahan. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."

Enough said.

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,244
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $259,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (12th best)
More on Mandeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mandeville is feeling the love as it ranks as the 2nd best city to live in Louisiana for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (3rd overall) and low crime (8th 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".

Broussard, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,221
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $193,100 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (6th best)
More on Broussard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

You might be surprised to see the Town of Broussard so high on the list. Unless you live in Broussard.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 4.2%, Broussard residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Louisiana. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Broussard is doing quite well.

Let's be honest -- Broussard is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Zachary, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,154
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $206,300 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (2nd best)
More on Zachary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Louisiana, as there were only 75 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in Louisiana (3.2%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 5th most expensive in Zachary ($206,300), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $75,472 a year.

Lafayette, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 125,808
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $177,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (11th best)
More on Lafayette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let's take a look at why Lafayette is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Lafayette, and the residents here are gainfully employed (5.2% unemployment rate).

You can make Lafayette your home for only $177,100 which won't be too hard on a $47,940 household salary.

Review Of Lafayette by HomeSnacks User

ive lived here my whole life,and its amazing. First Baptist is a great baptist school to go to in downtown. it goes from PK3-12 grade and its cpnnected to a HUGE church right across the street you should definitely check it out if youre thinking about movie here.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. FIRST BAPTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. THE CHILDRENS MUSEUM. FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL.

Youngsville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,878
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $222,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (4th best)
More on Youngsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,687
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $151,200 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (7th best)
More on Scott: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Scott ranked highly for adjusted median income (16th), crime (9th), and unemployment (7th).

With a population of 8,687 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it's a "community though not a city".

But don't listen to what they say people of Scott, you can be anything you want.

Sulphur, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,198
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $121,900 (36th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (20th best)
More on Sulphur: Real Estate | Data

Sulphur is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $121,900 and households earn a median salary of $52,217. One could get used to that.

Covington, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,725
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $208,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (9th best)
More on Covington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Covington has a strong showing in our best places to live in Louisiana analysis, coming it at 9th 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, Covington is a great option.

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,954
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $169,700 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (24th best)
More on Kenner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Kenner is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don't hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Kenner still holds its own in in Louisiana.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Louisiana

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'.

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.

How We Calculated The Best Cities 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.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Louisiana? That would be Harahan.

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.

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 the best place to live in Louisiana for 2019.

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. Oak Ridge (Pop. 137)
  2. Hester (Pop. 373)
  3. Watson (Pop. 925)
  4. Quitman (Pop. 156)
  5. Madisonville (Pop. 769)
  6. Prospect (Pop. 651)
  7. Gilliam (Pop. 102)
  8. Belmont (Pop. 373)
  9. Port Vincent (Pop. 919)
  10. Parks (Pop. 836)

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

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

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Louisiana?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Harahan 9,321 2.1% $221,700
2 Mandeville 12,244 6.0% $259,600
3 Broussard 10,221 4.2% $193,100
4 Zachary 16,154 3.2% $206,300
5 Lafayette 125,808 5.2% $177,100
6 Youngsville 10,878 3.9% $222,300
7 Scott 8,687 4.3% $151,200
8 Sulphur 20,198 6.6% $121,900
9 Covington 9,725 4.7% $208,000
10 Kenner 66,954 6.9% $169,700

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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