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Safest Cities in Louisiana

  • Population
    4,659,690
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $9,665
  • Avg Household Income
    $40,128
  • Cost of Living
    24.90%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    25.13
  • Property Crime Rate
    469.12
  • Primary Care Ranking
    30
  • Mental Health Provider
    19

Louisiana is famous for having a blended culture with significant French, African and Spanish influences, giving rise to unique music, food and festivals. Whenever you hear words such as “Cajun,” “Creole,” “gumbo” or “bayou,” you can instantly picture (and maybe even taste) the one-and-only Louisiana. With its electrifying French Quarter and notoriously excessive Mardi Gras celebrations, the city of New Orleans — located in the southeastern corner of the state — is larger than life. Other significant cities include Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Alexandria and Monroe. Discover which of these landed a spot on our list of the safest cities in Louisiana.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Louisiana

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

8 Safest Cities in Louisiana

  • No. 1 Lafayette

    Located in south-central Louisiana, Lafayette is also known as the ”Heart of Acadiana” in a nod to the French-Canadian history of many of its settlers and current residents. In 2020, it earned another nickname when it was dubbed the Happiest City in the U.S. Now, the citizens of Lafayette have another thing to be happy about: they live in one of the safest cities in Louisiana. 

    84out of 100

    Public Safety

    70out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    14.73447 (3rd)38.63879 (2nd)461.0007 (4th)0.15675 (4th)0.15675 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10488 (3rd)50182 (2nd)0.047 (8th)0.148 (7th)0.016 (5th)0.235 (8th)
  • No. 2 Gonzales

    Gonzales is tucked between the major cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans on I-10 and Highway 61. The Jambalaya Festival is held there every year, and Gonzales has rightfully earned the nickname ”The Jambalaya Capital of the World.” Tourists and residents alike should feel at ease partaking in the jambalaya celebrations or viewing the area’s historic antebellum homes, as our data indicate Gonzales is one of the safest cities in Louisiana. 

    70out of 100

    Public Safety

    62out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    9.160865 (2nd)47.6365 (3rd)709.967 (8th)0.916086 (6th)0.916086 (6th)4.580432 (7th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11868 (1st)56672 (1st)0.065 (6th)0.163 (6th)0.057 (3rd)0.479 (2nd)
  • No. 3 Tallulah

    To the east of Monroe lies Tallulah, a town that sprang up near cotton plantations around 1830. Although most of the area’s original plantation-style homes were destroyed during the Civil War, one remains open as the Hermione Museum. 

    91out of 100

    Public Safety

    32out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.475579 (1st)29.51158 (1st)33.93832 (1st)1.475579 (7th)1.475579 (7th)10.32905 (8th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    7272 (8th)26385 (7th)0.086 (2nd)0.419 (1st)0.07 (2nd)0.37 (3rd)
  • No. 4 Shreveport

    As the northern-most city on this list, Shreveport is located much closer to Texas and Arkansas than to the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, its major waterways include the Red River, Cross Lake and Flag Lake. Numerous museums and attractions can be found in Shreveport, including the Shreveport Aquarium, Sci-Port Discovery Center and Shreveport Water Works Museum.

    66out of 100

    Public Safety

    50out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    26.57121 (5th)56.65381 (5th)518.0076 (5th)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.152991 (5th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9720 (5th)38279 (5th)0.071 (5th)0.231 (3rd)0.012 (6th)0.314 (7th)
  • No. 5 Franklinton

    Franklinton is home to 3,745 people and is located near the Mississippi border in the southeast region of the state. Popular attractions for residents and tourists alike include Bogue Chitto State Park, the historic Mile Branch Settlement, a variety of pick-your-own farms and annual festivals such as Pioneer Christmas. 

    70out of 100

    Public Safety

    45out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    21.21453 (4th)74.25086 (7th)363.2989 (2nd)2.651816 (8th)2.651816 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    7488 (7th)25736 (8th)0.06 (7th)0.101 (8th)0.129 (1st)0.756 (1st)
  • No. 6 Baton Rouge

    Located on the Mississippi River to the northwest of New Orleans, Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s capital, 2nd-largest city by population, and home to Louisiana State University. Despite its French name, which means ”Red Stick,” Baton Rouge has been claimed by seven different nations or groups since its founding.

    52out of 100

    Public Safety

    52out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    39.14765 (7th)52.80484 (4th)532.2746 (6th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.845233 (4th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10320 (4th)41761 (3rd)0.085 (3rd)0.202 (5th)0.011 (7th)0.356 (5th)
  • No. 7 New Orleans

    New Orleans hardly needs an introduction, since the mere mention of it drums up images of Mardi Gras floats, jazz and blues musicians playing in the street, and perhaps even the Superdome. With a population just shy of 400,000, New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, but high rent coupled with a low average household income are just two of the factors that place it low on our list of the safest cities in the state.

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    Public Safety

    46out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    51.64315 (8th)64.68638 (6th)455.706 (3rd)0.050457 (3rd)0.050457 (3rd)1.993067 (6th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11676 (2nd)39576 (4th)0.084 (4th)0.212 (4th)0.006 (8th)0.332 (6th)
  • No. 8 Monroe

    Monroe is the 9th-largest city in Louisiana and the largest in the northwest region of the state. Although it’s not as well-known as cities like New Orleans or Baton Rouge, Monroe features the kind of cultural, natural and historic attractions that you would expect from a metropolis, such as the Northeast Louisiana’s Children’s Museum, the University of Louisiana-Monroe Museum of Natural History and the Masur Museum of Art.

    51out of 100

    Public Safety

    40out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    37.06695 (6th)103.1248 (8th)678.8014 (7th)0.828312 (5th)0.828312 (5th)0.828312 (3rd)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8328 (6th)30009 (6th)0.098 (1st)0.335 (2nd)0.018 (4th)0.37 (3rd)

Louisiana State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

The Insurance Journal ranks Louisiana as the 3rd state most at risk of natural disasters. Thanks to its position along the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana is frequently impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms. In fact, Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall over Louisiana in 2005, was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Louisiana is also prone to severe weather, including flooding and tornadoes and their associated effects.

3out of 50

Natural Disaster

Health Safety

Louisiana ranks 49th on America’s Health Ranking’s list of the healthiest states in 2019. Only Mississippi ranked worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana has the highest rate of death by septicemia in the nation, and this affliction represents the state’s 8th leading cause of death. Louisiana also has the 2nd-highest rate of death by kidney disease, the 3rd-highest rate of death by stroke and the 5th-highest rates of death for both cancer and heart disease. Statistics relating to low birth weight, preterm births, cesarean sections, infant mortality, homicide deaths, firearm-related deaths and drug overdose deaths also indicate that Louisiana experiences these concerns at rates higher than the national average. 

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Health Safety

Top 9 Safest Cities in Louisiana

Lafayette127,592211
Gonzales10,916322
Tallulah6,777183
Shreveport190,808544
Franklinton3,771465
Baton Rouge224,790636
New Orleans396,374857
Monroe48,291778