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.
The tiny town of Harahan may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Louisiana residents know, Harahan is a great central spot for making the most of life.
Mandeville 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 6.0% of folks are jobless, you can bet Mandeville residents are glad to live where they do.
Broussard 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 $193,100 and households earn a median salary of $71,250. One could get used to that.
Zachary comes in 4th in our best places to live in Louisiana analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (2nd overall) and crime rate (19th overall), Zachary 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 Zachary in our lists for years to come.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Lafayette. Statistically the 39th safest place in the state, there were only 641 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Lafayette, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $47,940 a year, and homes are valued at more than $177,100.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
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.
Let’s take a look at why Scott is a great place to call home for 2018.
There’s low crime in Scott, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.3% unemployment rate).
You can make Scott your home for only $151,200 which won’t be too hard on a $45,883 household salary.
If you live in Sulphur, you probably know how great it is already.
Sulphur has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($52,217). And the crime is really, really low (29th lowest in Louisiana).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
The Covington has the 9th 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 Covington is higher than the national average and households make $55,721 per year.
We’d move to Covington if we could in a heart beat.
The crime is the 18th lowest in the state in Kenner, and there were only 194 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 Kenner earn $50,979 a year.
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