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:
Here are the 10 best places to live in Louisiana for 2019:
- 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Louisiana For 2019
The Town of Harahan consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let’s see why Harahan ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Harahan are the 3rd most expensive in the state of Louisiana, with the average home worth a whopping $221,700. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Harahan if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Harahan residents have the 6th highest income in the state, and the 1st lowest crime numbers in Louisiana.
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 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 Broussard. 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.”
The Town of Zachary might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Zachary isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $206,300 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Louisiana.
If Zachary can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (3.2% is the 2nd highest in the state.
It’s obvious why Lafayette ranks 5th in the state for best places to live: they have the 11th lowest unemployment rate and the 9th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Lafayette a great 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.
In Scott, everyone loves to call Scott home! The median home value is the 19th highest in Louisiana.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 7th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Pelican State.
Scott should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
Sulphur comes in at a close 8th. They have the 20th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 10th highest median income as well, which means the people in Sulphur are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 36th best in the state.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Covington. Statistically the 17th safest place in the state, there were only 37 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Covington, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $55,721 a year, and homes are valued at more than $208,000.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
We think the motto in Kenner should be “Everything is greater in Kenner,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Kenner has some of the highest home values in Louisiana, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Kenner only has 1560.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Kenner a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
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