Where are the best places in the state of Louisiana?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Pelican State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Louisiana.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 61 places in Louisiana, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Harahan (Photos)
- Mandeville (Photos)
- Broussard (Photos)
- Zachary (Photos)
- Lafayette (Photos)
- Youngsville (Photos)
- Scott (Photos)
- Sulphur (Photos)
- Covington (Photos)
- Kenner (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best 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 5,100
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,100
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 61 cities, 165 towns, and 196 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 5,100 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.
Population: 9,321Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $221,700 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (1st best)
When you look at it from a scientific perspective, Harahan is the best place you can live in Louisiana. Here’s why:
It’s really safe in this city with the 1st lowest crime rate. Plus, the median household income sits at $59,397 (Good for 6th best).
There are plenty of jobs nearby, as evident by the 2.1% unemployment rate.
Add that all up and Harahan places 1st in our ranking of the best places to live in Louisiana for 2018.
Population: 12,244Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $259,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (12th best)
The Town of Mandeville might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Mandeville isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $259,600 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Louisiana.
If Mandeville can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (6.0% is the 12th highest in the state.
Population: 10,221Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Values: $193,100 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (6th best)
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Broussard.
Broussard ranked impressively high for its crime rate (11th overall) and its short commute times (38th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
Population: 16,154Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Values: $206,300 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (2nd best)
Zachary has a strong showing in our best places to live in Louisiana analysis, coming it at 4th 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, Zachary is a great option.
Population: 125,808Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Values: $177,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (11th best)
There’s two types of people who live in Lafayette. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $177,100 home there.
Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Lafayette is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Population: 10,878 Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Values: $222,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (4th best)
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.
Population: 8,687Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Values: $151,200 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (7th best)
Taking its place as the 7th best place in Louisiana is Scott. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Louisiana.
It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.
An unemployment rate of only 4.3% helps thing too.
Population: 20,198 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Home Values: $121,900 (36th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (20th best)
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Louisiana, as there were only 101 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 20th lowest in Louisiana (6.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 36th most expensive in Sulphur ($121,900), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $52,217 a year.
Population: 9,725Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Home Values: $208,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (9th best)
At an umeployment rate of 4.7%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Covington. And the residents command high salaries ($55,721 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($208,000 each).
We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Louisiana. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Population: 66,954Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Values: $169,700 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (23rd best)
Kenner comes in 10th in our best places to live in Louisiana analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (24th overall) and crime rate (18th overall), Kenner 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 Kenner in our lists for years to come.
Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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
- Bayou Corne (Pop. 33)
- Oak Ridge (Pop. 137)
- Hester (Pop. 373)
- Watson (Pop. 925)
- Gloster (Pop. 116)
- Quitman (Pop. 156)
- Madisonville (Pop. 769)
- Prospect (Pop. 651)
- Belmont (Pop. 373)
- Longville (Pop. 648)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Louisiana:
- Bastrop (Pop. 10,851)
- Bogalusa (Pop. 11,964)
- Opelousas (Pop. 16,605)
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