The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Louisiana For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Louisiana have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Louisiana:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Louisiana, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Pelican State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Louisiana that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Louisiana at the moment? That would be Jackson according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Louisiana for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Louisiana For 2021

  1. Jackson
  2. Grambling
  3. Addis
  4. Jeanerette
  5. Marksville
  6. Leesville
  7. St. Martinville
  8. Patterson
  9. Walker
  10. Plaquemine

What's the best place to buy a home in Louisiana for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Louisiana and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Louisiana.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Louisiana For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,041
Median Home Price: $84,500
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: 11.3%
More on Jackson: Homes For Sale | Data

Grambling, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,185
Median Home Price: $114,800
Population Change: -0.0%
Home Price Change: 4.6%
More on Grambling: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,274
Median Home Price: $205,100
Population Change: 6.5%
Home Price Change: 7.6%
More on Addis: Homes For Sale | Data

Jeanerette, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,385
Median Home Price: $84,600
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: -0.1%
More on Jeanerette: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,432
Median Home Price: $102,600
Population Change: -0.8%
Home Price Change: 0.6%
More on Marksville: Homes For Sale | Data

Leesville, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,891
Median Home Price: $93,200
Population Change: -2.7%
Home Price Change: 2.8%
More on Leesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

St. Martinville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,945
Median Home Price: $125,600
Population Change: -1.1%
Home Price Change: 39.9%
More on St. Martinville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Patterson, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,953
Median Home Price: $101,000
Population Change: -1.0%
Home Price Change: -9.7%
More on Patterson: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,261
Median Home Price: $166,500
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: 3.0%
More on Walker: Homes For Sale | Data

Plaquemine, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,680
Median Home Price: $161,100
Population Change: -0.7%
Home Price Change: 3.1%
More on Plaquemine: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Louisiana for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Louisiana. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Louisiana with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Louisiana with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Louisiana, only 62 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 62 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Jackson is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Pelican State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Louisiana for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Louisiana. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Louisiana

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Jackson 1 $84,500 1.8% 11.3%
Grambling 2 $114,800 -0.0% 4.6%
Addis 3 $205,100 6.5% 7.6%
Jeanerette 4 $84,600 -0.5% -0.1%
Marksville 5 $102,600 -0.8% 0.6%
Leesville 6 $93,200 -2.7% 2.8%
St. Martinville 7 $125,600 -1.1% 39.9%
Patterson 8 $101,000 -1.0% -9.7%
Walker 9 $166,500 0.2% 3.0%
Plaquemine 10 $161,100 -0.7% 3.1%
Tallulah 11 $73,900 -1.1% 23.0%
Franklin 12 $79,200 -1.9% 1.5%
Ville Platte 13 $73,100 -0.5% -2.5%
Ponchatoula 14 $152,500 0.9% 2.8%
St. Gabriel 15 $172,100 1.1% 3.4%
Oakdale 16 $69,400 -0.4% 2.4%
Rayne 17 $114,800 -0.4% 7.2%
Donaldsonville 18 $113,000 1.8% 2.0%
Breaux Bridge 19 $151,500 -0.4% -2.4%
Westwego 20 $123,600 -0.7% -1.5%
Scott 21 $137,600 -0.4% -0.9%
Carencro 22 $167,300 2.4% 8.7%
Harahan 23 $240,300 -0.1% 2.9%
Denham Springs 24 $161,600 -0.5% 9.1%
Jennings 25 $113,000 -0.7% 9.7%
Eunice 26 $114,200 -2.6% 11.1%
Bastrop 27 $72,200 -2.0% -5.0%
Covington 28 $232,900 2.4% 8.4%
Gonzales 29 $161,200 1.0% 2.1%
Deridder 30 $144,500 -1.7% 7.2%
Morgan City 31 $132,400 -2.1% -0.6%
Bogalusa 32 $87,800 -1.0% 21.4%
Broussard 33 $214,400 4.4% 7.6%
Abbeville 34 $95,400 -0.4% 9.9%
Minden 35 $97,200 -1.4% 2.3%
Mandeville 36 $288,900 1.6% 3.5%
West Monroe 37 $133,100 -1.4% 4.3%
Crowley 38 $115,300 -1.3% 16.5%
Youngsville 39 $222,800 5.1% -0.4%
Baker 40 $129,800 -0.9% 1.6%
Pineville 41 $157,100 -0.5% 1.4%
Thibodaux 42 $166,800 -0.1% 9.4%
Opelousas 43 $98,100 -1.0% 4.3%
Zachary 44 $224,500 1.3% 2.7%
Gretna 45 $171,800 -0.1% -1.5%
Natchitoches 46 $164,700 -1.0% 5.6%
Sulphur 47 $141,700 -0.6% 2.1%
Hammond 48 $159,300 1.1% 5.8%
Ruston 49 $169,600 -0.4% 0.6%
Slidell 50 $161,700 0.2% 3.5%
Central 51 $217,700 1.9% 9.6%
New Iberia 52 $114,600 -1.8% 7.2%
Houma 53 $157,600 -0.6% 1.4%
Alexandria 54 $148,900 -1.1% 6.2%
Monroe 55 $139,600 -0.9% -2.1%
Kenner 56 $182,100 -0.2% 3.7%
Bossier City 57 $163,500 0.5% 1.3%
Lake Charles 58 $155,700 1.3% 4.0%
Lafayette 59 $195,400 0.1% 2.4%
Shreveport 60 $148,100 -0.9% 2.3%
Baton Rouge 61 $174,000 -0.5% 2.8%
New Orleans 62 $231,500 0.3% 5.4%

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