The 10 Best Places To Live In Louisiana For 2019


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

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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 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:

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.

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

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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 comes in 1st in our best places to live in Louisiana analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (1st overall) and crime rate (1st overall), Harahan 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 Harahan in our lists for years to come.

Mandeville, LA

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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

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, 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

Broussard comes in at a close 3rd. They have the 6th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 4th highest median income as well, which means the people in Broussard are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 7th best in the state.

Zachary, LA

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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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Louisiana, Zachary came in 4th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Zachary has an impressive history for a place of just over 16,154 people. The median home costs a cool $206,300 and households make $75,472 which is good for 2nd in Louisiana.

Lafayette, LA

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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

Lafayette isn’t just the nicest place to live in Louisiana – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 11th lowest unemployment rate, the 15th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Lafayette definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.

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Youngsville, LA

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6
/10

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

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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

Scott has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Scott had the 16th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $45,883.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Sulphur, LA

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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 ranks as the 8th best place in Louisiana for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.

Sulphur has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Sulphur’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $52,217 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

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 is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in Louisiana.

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

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.

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 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

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