Best Places To Raise A Family In Louisiana For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Louisiana have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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

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We have our hands on the most sought after list of 2020: Louisiana's most family friendly places to live.

The most family friendly places in a state are the places that have the best neighborhoods, the best schools, the best shopping, and the most family friendly amenities; and, folks, Louisiana has some of the best in the South. So, if you and your family already live in the Bayou State, consider yourself lucky. But if you're thinking about moving your family to the Deep South, we suggest you take a look at HomeSnacks list of best places to raise your family in Louisiana for 2020.

How did we determine Louisiana's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in Louisiana with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 32 family friendly places. This is also our second time ranking Louisiana's most family friendly cities, so trust us when we say that any family would be lucky to call any one of these places home. Louisiana currently has 1.6 million families, and that number is expected to increase over the next ten years; and that folks, is because the state has a ton of awesome "Louisiana" stuff to do. Like, celebrating one of the world's biggest Mardis Gras in New Orleans, visiting one of the state's 21 state parks, or spending the day at Alexandria's Zoo.

And parents, Louisiana has 69 Blue Ribbon schools, and local colleges like Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge keep showing up on U.S. News' 'Best College' lists year after year. So, if you're looking for safe, family friendly cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, and just overall good family friendly fun, keep reading.

When you choose to live in one of Louisiana's best places for families, you are choosing to live where you can keep your family safe, happy, and healthy. And that makes perfect sense.

So, what's the best place for families to live in Louisiana for 2020? Drum roll... the number one best place for families in the Pelican State is Minden based on the most recent Census data.

To see how your favorite places in Louisiana compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Louisiana and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Louisiana For 2020

Minden, LA

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Population: 12,442
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 33.2%
More on Minden: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Minden is a small city in and the parish seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, United States. It is located twenty-eight miles east of Shreveport in Caddo Parish. The population has been relatively stable since 1960, when it was 12,786. Minden is 51.7 percent African American.

Jennings, LA

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Population: 10,047
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 35.6%
More on Jennings: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jennings is a city in and the parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, United States, near Lake Charles. The population was 10,383 at the 2010 census, a small decline from the 2000 tabulation. The city is 68 percent white.

Thibodaux, LA

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Population: 14,515
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 26.2%
More on Thibodaux: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Thibodaux is a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. The population was 14,567 at the 2010 census. Thibodaux is a principal city of the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Youngsville, LA

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Population: 12,753
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 54.4%
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Ruston, LA

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Population: 22,055
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 30.2%
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Ruston is a small city and the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. it is the largest city in the Eastern Ark-La-Tex region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,859, reflecting an increase of 6.4 percent from the count of 20,546 counted in the 2000 Census. Ruston is near the eastern border of the Ark-La-Tex region and is the home of Louisiana Tech University. Its economy is therefore based on its college population. Ruston hosts the annual Peach Festival.

Slidell, LA

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Population: 27,769
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 33.9%
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Slidell is the largest city situated on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 27,068 at the 2010 census. Greater Slidell has a population of about 90,000. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Houma, LA

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Population: 33,520
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 32.6%
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Houma is the largest city in and the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and the largest principal city of the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city's powers of government have been absorbed by the parish, which is now run by the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government. The population was 33,727 at the 2010 census, an increase of 1,334 over the 2000 tabulation of 32,393.

Abbeville, LA

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Population: 12,286
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 28.1%
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Abbeville is a city in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States, 150 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. The population was 12,257 at the 2010 census.

Eunice, LA

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Population: 10,407
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 33.5%
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Eunice is a city in Acadia and St. Landry parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The 2010 census placed the population at 10,398, a decrease of 1,101, or 9.5 percent, from the 2000 tabulation of 11,499.

Zachary, LA

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Population: 17,056
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 41.8%
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Zachary is a city in the East Baton Rouge parish of Louisiana in the United States. It lies 16 miles north of the city of Baton Rouge, and had a population of 14,960 at the 2010 census, up from 11,275 in 2000.

How do you determine which place is best for families in Louisiana anyways?

To give you the places in Louisiana which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Pelican State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Louisiana, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Louisiana, that meant a total of 32 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Louisiana

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Louisiana ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Louisiana according to the data:

  1. West Monroe
  2. Hammond
  3. Bastrop

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Where Are The Best Places For Families In Louisiana?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Minden, LA 12,442 69
2 Jennings, LA 10,047 60
3 Thibodaux, LA 14,515 63
4 Youngsville, LA 12,753 59
5 Ruston, LA 22,055 54
6 Slidell, LA 27,769 58
7 Houma, LA 33,520 57
8 Abbeville, LA 12,286 55
9 Eunice, LA 10,407 52
10 Zachary, LA 17,056 58

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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.

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