The 10 Best Places To Retire In Louisiana For 2021


We analyzed over 31 places in Louisiana to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Louisiana.

HomeSnacks knows that you're all dying to know where the best places to retire in Louisiana are located. So, we created a list of the best places to retire in Louisiana for 2021. And considering this is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in EVERY state in America, we know what we're talking about; and, folks, some of the best are located in this southern gem.

This is because Louisiana is crazy tax friendly: it has some of the lowest tax rates in the country. But that's not all. The Bayou State's best places to retire are super safe, super affordable, and the people that live in these places are super friendly. However, to set our list apart from all of those other websites trying to copy what we do, we thought it would be interesting to look at whether a place is located close to an international airport. You know, because you're eventually going to have to hang up the keys to the RV.

And if you're thinking about testing the Louisiana waters with a rental situation, go for it. Rent in Louisiana is currently below the national average and the state's top ten places to retire have some pretty good deals. The ying to this yang, however, is that the poverty rate for Louisiana's 65 and older is pretty high and the state's senior healthcare could use an upgrade in the form of more geriatricians and better nursing homes.

But, we're here to talk about the best places to retire in Louisiana. So, don't waste another second, scroll on down to see what gold star places made the list.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Louisiana For 2021

  1. Abbeville
  2. Minden
  3. Houma
  4. Kenner
  5. Crowley
  6. Alexandria
  7. Thibodaux
  8. Mandeville
  9. Gretna
  10. Bogalusa

Why did Abbeville take the top spot? And where are New Orleans and Baton Rouge?

How did we determine the best place to retire in the Pelican State for 2021? We looked at the most recent FBI and Census data for places with 10,000 or more residents. We ended up with 30 cities; and, yes, the competition was fierce to say the least. But, there can only be one best place to retire in Louisiana for 2021, and that would be Abbeville.

And if you already live in Abbeville consider yourself lucky; but if you don't, take a look below to see why you should. And if you have some time on your hands, head on down to the bottom to see the other great Louisiana places that made our list.

For more Louisiana state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Louisiana For 2021

Abbeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,236
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $682
Distance to Closest Airport: 96 miles
More on Abbeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Minden, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,274
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $766
Distance to Closest Airport: 98 miles
More on Minden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Houma, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 33,334
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $778
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
More on Houma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 66,777
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $969
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
More on Kenner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crowley, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,796
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $754
Distance to Closest Airport: 77 miles
More on Crowley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alexandria, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,012
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $831
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Alexandria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Thibodaux, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,494
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $816
Distance to Closest Airport: 36 miles
More on Thibodaux: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,448
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,133
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Mandeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gretna, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,774
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Rent: $883
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Gretna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bogalusa, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 11,673
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $599
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
More on Bogalusa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Pelican State for 2021

To create our list of the best places in Louisiana to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Pelican State -- 473 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 30 places from across the state.

For these 30, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 30, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Abbeville, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Louisiana Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Louisiana goes to Abbeville.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Broussard
  2. Youngsville
  3. Gonzales

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Louisiana?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Abbeville 12,236 $682
2 Minden 12,274 $766
3 Houma 33,334 $778
4 Kenner 66,777 $969
5 Crowley 12,796 $754
6 Alexandria 47,012 $831
7 Thibodaux 14,494 $816
8 Mandeville 12,448 $1,133
9 Gretna 17,774 $883
10 Bogalusa 11,673 $599

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