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)
It looks like there’s a virtual tie between the Baton Rouge and New Orleans suburbs here, but between both areas, overall, they are great places to live in Louisiana.
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.
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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 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Harahan 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, Harahan still holds its own in in Louisiana.
The crime is the 8th lowest in the state in Mandeville, and there were only 26 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Louisiana, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Mandeville earn $71,996 a year.
Broussard has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Broussard has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.2% and lowering. And the Broussard police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 11th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
The Zachary has the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in Louisiana. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Zachary is higher than the national average and households make $75,472 per year.
We’d move to Zachary if we could in a heart beat.
Lafayette’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 15th highest, making Lafayette a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Lafayette has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
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.
Little Scott has it made. It has the 7th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Louisiana.
Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living
We’d recommend you start saving up!
It’s obvious why Sulphur ranks 8th in the state for best places to live: they have the 20th lowest unemployment rate and the 36th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Sulphur a great place to live.
Covington 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 Covington. 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.”
If you live in Kenner, you probably know how great it is already.
Kenner has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($50,979). And the crime is really, really low (18th lowest in Louisiana).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
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
- 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