These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Louisiana For 2018

We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Louisiana for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Louisiana? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Baton Rouge, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Louisiana suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Pelican State:

  1. Harahan (Photos)
  2. Brusly (Photos)
  3. Mandeville (Photos)
  4. Zachary (Photos)
  5. Addis
  6. Abita Springs (Photos)
  7. Central (Photos)
  8. St. Francisville (Photos)
  9. Kenner (Photos)
  10. Plaquemine (Photos)

Harahan is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Louisiana.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Louisiana, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Louisiana and the best places to raise a family in Louisiana.

How do you determine which suburb is the best in Louisiana anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Louisiana, 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 a “best city” and what isn’t.

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

How we crunched the suburb 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 town between 2,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Louisiana across a number of criteria from one to 24, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Louisiana”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Louisiana

Read on to see why Harahan is the ‘burb with the most, while New Roads is probably not the best place to live in Louisiana.

1. Harahan

Harahan, La

Population: 9,321
Median Income: $59,397
Median Home Price: $221,700
Harahan is located 17 miles west of New Orleans.

2. Brusly

Brusly, La

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,675
Median Income: $80,000
Median Home Price: $198,700
Brusly is located 8 miles west of Baton Rouge.

3. Mandeville

Mandeville, La

Population: 12,244
Median Income: $71,996
Median Home Price: $259,600
Mandeville is located 24 miles north of New Orleans.

4. Zachary

Zachary, La

Population: 16,154
Median Income: $75,472
Median Home Price: $206,300
Zachary is located 14 miles north of Baton Rouge.

5. Addis

Population: 4,420
Median Income: $65,956
Median Home Price: $169,400
Addis is located 9 miles west of Baton Rouge.

6. Abita Springs

Abita Springs, La

Population: 2,477
Median Income: $63,841
Median Home Price: $191,000
Abita Springs is located 29 miles north of New Orleans.

7. Central

Central, La

Population: 28,017
Median Income: $70,618
Median Home Price: $191,000
Central is located 9 miles north of Baton Rouge.

8. St. Francisville

St. Francisville, La

Population: 2,064
Median Income: $55,724
Median Home Price: $194,900
St. Francisville is located 27 miles north of Baton Rouge.

9. Kenner

Kenner, La

Population: 66,954
Median Income: $50,979
Median Home Price: $169,700
Kenner is located 19 miles west of New Orleans.

10. Plaquemine

Plaquemine, La

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,920
Median Income: $42,430
Median Home Price: $124,100
Plaquemine is located 13 miles south of Baton Rouge.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Louisiana

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Louisiana according to the data:

  1. New Roads
  2. St. Gabriel
  3. Donaldsonville

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Louisiana

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Harahan 1 9,321 $59,397 $221,700
Brusly 2 2,675 $80,000 $198,700
Mandeville 3 12,244 $71,996 $259,600
Zachary 4 16,154 $75,472 $206,300
Addis 5 4,420 $65,956 $169,400
Abita Springs 6 2,477 $63,841 $191,000
Central 7 28,017 $70,618 $191,000
St. Francisville 8 2,064 $55,724 $194,900
Kenner 9 66,954 $50,979 $169,700
Plaquemine 10 6,920 $42,430 $124,100
Gretna 11 17,832 $39,232 $163,200
Slidell 12 27,697 $52,099 $153,600
Port Allen 13 5,123 $36,715 $124,000
Walker 14 6,256 $53,629 $155,700
Pearl River 15 2,504 $52,833 $157,200
Westwego 16 8,545 $33,898 $128,400
Gonzales 17 10,492 $57,045 $155,100
Denham Springs 18 10,278 $48,442 $137,800
Baker 19 13,754 $40,922 $120,800
Jackson 20 3,795 $37,647 $71,200
White Castle 21 2,292 $26,750 $88,600
Donaldsonville 22 7,916 $35,750 $104,100
St. Gabriel 23 6,984 $37,377 $130,800
New Roads 24 4,716 $35,612 $160,300

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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