THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Louisiana For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to live in Louisiana.

As we've stated before in a previous article, the state of Louisiana is certainly home to some gems.

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 the state that makes it the envy of the South.

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.

We looked at data from the FBI on crime, the Census for things like home prices and education, and the best schools to determine the best places to live in Louisiana.

After analyzing the largest 60 cities, we came up with this list as the ten best places in Louisiana. Grab yourself some crawfish and a beignet from Cafe Du Monde and get ready for the best Louisiana has to offer.

It looks like there's a virtual tie between the Baton Rouge and New Orleans suburbs. Overall, folks, both are great places to live in Louisiana.

What's the best place to live in louisiana? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, Harahan ranks as the best place to live in louisiana for 2020 -- quite the catch if you can afford to live here.

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 2020

Harahan, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,309
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $233,600 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (3rd best)
More on Harahan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime is the 2nd lowest in the state in Harahan, and there were only 12 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 Harahan earn $63,854 a year.

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,252
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $279,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (8th best)
More on Mandeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mandeville ranks 2nd on our list of best places to live in Louisiana thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Louisiana that we examined.

People have been flocking to Mandeville over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Youngsville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,753
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $223,600 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (4th best)
More on Youngsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Patterson, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,012
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $111,800 (39th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (1st best)
More on Patterson: Real Estate | Data

Patterson has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Louisiana. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Patterson is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Patterson residents to work is significantly higher than average.

Covington, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,133
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $214,800 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (14th best)
More on Covington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Covington 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 5.0% of folks are jobless, you can bet Covington residents are glad to live where they do.

Broussard, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,412
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $199,300 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (7th best)
More on Broussard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Things can't get much better than in the town of Broussard. The crime is the 28th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Broussard make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $199,300 and households make $69,620 which is good for 5th in Louisiana.

Sulphur, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,241
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $138,800 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (10th best)
More on Sulphur: Real Estate | Data

Sulphur had the 10th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (4.5%) and the 27th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Sulphur is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.

Lafayette, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 126,515
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $190,800 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th best)
More on Lafayette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lafayette, population 126,515, is the largest 'big' city to make the top of this list. When you combine a short commute time, high employment rates and a high population density, you get a very nice place to live.

Lafayette has ranked high on other similar lists in America by major news media, so we aren't alone in our analysis.

Zachary, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,056
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $218,700 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (9th best)
More on Zachary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There's two types of people who live in Zachary. 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 $218,700 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. Zachary is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,910
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $175,600 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (15th best)
More on Kenner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 10th best place in Louisiana is Kenner. 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 5.3% helps thing too.

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 225,362 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 60 cities, 163 towns, and 161 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Louisiana 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 60, 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. You can download the data here.

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 2020.

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. Richwood (Pop. 5,013)
  2. Bogalusa (Pop. 11,793)
  3. Bastrop (Pop. 10,521)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Louisiana?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Harahan 9,309 2.9% $233,600
2 Mandeville 12,252 3.8% $279,000
3 Youngsville 12,753 3.0% $223,600
4 Patterson 6,012 2.7% $111,800
5 Covington 10,133 5.0% $214,800
6 Broussard 11,412 3.6% $199,300
7 Sulphur 20,241 4.5% $138,800
8 Lafayette 126,515 4.7% $190,800
9 Zachary 17,056 4.4% $218,700
10 Kenner 66,910 5.3% $175,600

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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