The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Louisiana For 2021

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.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Louisiana.

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We have our hands on the most sought after list of 2021: 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 2021.

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 30 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.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Louisiana For 2021

  1. Thibodaux
  2. Kenner
  3. Youngsville
  4. Slidell
  5. Ruston
  6. Minden
  7. Zachary
  8. Baker
  9. Houma
  10. Broussard

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 2021? Drum roll... the number one best place for families in the Pelican State is Thibodaux 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 2021

Thibodaux, LA

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Population: 14,494
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 30.1%
More on Thibodaux: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kenner, LA

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Population: 66,777
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 31.9%
More on Kenner: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Youngsville, LA

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Population: 13,407
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 52.2%
More on Youngsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Slidell, LA

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Population: 27,822
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 35.6%
More on Slidell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ruston, LA

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Population: 21,976
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 28.9%
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Minden, LA

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Population: 12,274
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 67
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 29.7%
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Zachary, LA

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Population: 17,283
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 43.6%
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Population: 13,437
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 30.2%
More on Baker: Homes For Sale | Data

Houma, LA

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Population: 33,334
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: New Orleans
Households with kids: 32.0%
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Broussard, LA

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Population: 11,913
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge
Households with kids: 38.9%
More on Broussard: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 30 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. Bastrop
  3. Sulphur

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Where Are The Best Places For Families In Louisiana?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Thibodaux, LA 14,494 72
2 Kenner, LA 66,777 51
3 Youngsville, LA 13,407 59
4 Slidell, LA 27,822 34
5 Ruston, LA 21,976 41
6 Minden, LA 12,274 56
7 Zachary, LA 17,283 51
8 Baker, LA 13,437 52
9 Houma, LA 33,334 55
10 Broussard, LA 11,913 54

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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.

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