The 10 Richest Cities In Louisiana For 2022


We analyzed 63 places in Louisiana to determine where the 1% live.

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Want to know where the richest of the rich congregate in the Bayou State? Read on to see what the wealthiest cities in Louisiana are.

While Louisiana is most famous for New Orleans, you won’t find the Big Easy on this list. Some of its more affluent suburbs like Harahan and Kenner did make the cut, however. And while the capital Baton Rouge didn’t dazzle us with riches, its suburb of Zachary did. 9 out of 10 of the cities on this list are also featured on our list of best places to live in Louisiana. It makes sense that the folks with the most money would want to live in the best places the state has to offer.

So how did Homesnacks determine which cities have the most going for them in terms of dollars and cents? We’ve taken the guesswork out of it by using science and data to determine where you can get gold-plated crawfish in Louisiana. By looking over the Census data from the American Community Survey for 61 Louisiana cities with 5,000, and then looking at each city’s numbers on unemployment, poverty, and median income, we were able to determine the richest spots in the state.

What do you need to earn to live in the richest cities in Louisiana? Luckily, it’s not a discouragingly high number. The top five places on this list have an average median income of around $75,000/year, and you can do well for yourself in the city of Scott on under $50,000/year.

So if you want to know where Louisiana’s elite go to make money for the highest quality Cajun food, private suites for Saints games, and the most extravagant Mardi Gras celebrations, read on.

Here are the 10 richest places in Louisiana for 2022:

  1. Central
  2. Youngsville
  3. Mandeville
  4. Harahan
  5. Addis
  6. Zachary
  7. Covington
  8. Walker
  9. Scott
  10. Sulphur

You may be asking how Homesnacks arrived at the conclusion that the cities above are the richest in Louisiana. Well, first we narrowed the potential places down to those with a population of at least 5,000. Then we looked at which cities had the lowest rates of poverty and unemployment and the highest median household income.

That left us with 61 cities to score and the data to answer the question: what’s the wealthiest city in the Louisiana? According to the data, Central is the place in Louisiana with the richest of the rich for 2022.

So if you want to live like an aristocrat in one of the country’s great cultural hubs, be sure to check out the list below.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Louisiana:

The 10 Richest Cities In Louisiana For 2022

1. Central

Central, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,235
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $90,183
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Central: Real Estate | Photos

2. Youngsville

Youngsville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,118
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Income: $95,925
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Youngsville: Real Estate | Photos

3. Mandeville

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,567
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $76,768
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
More on Mandeville: Real Estate | Photos

4. Harahan

Harahan, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,293
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,720
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
More on Harahan: Real Estate | Photos

5. Addis

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,635
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $79,590
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.6%
More on Addis: Real Estate

6. Zachary

Zachary, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,699
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $89,712
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Zachary: Real Estate | Photos

7. Covington

Covington, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,471
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $76,399
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.4%
More on Covington: Real Estate | Photos

8. Walker

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,278
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $73,115
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Walker: Real Estate

9. Scott

Scott, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,815
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Income: $55,825
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
More on Scott: Real Estate | Photos

10. Sulphur

Sulphur, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,122
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $54,537
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 15.0%
More on Sulphur: Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Louisiana For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Louisiana
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 61 places with more than 5,000 people in Louisiana, we ranked each place from 1 to 61 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Central, crowned the “Richest City In Louisiana For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 61 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Louisiana For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Louisiana, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Louisiana.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Louisiana, according to data:

Poorest: Ville Platte
2nd Poorest: Donaldsonville
3rd Poorest: Natchitoches

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Louisiana

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Central 2.33 $90,183
2 Youngsville 2.33 $95,925
3 Mandeville 5.67 $76,768
4 Harahan 6.0 $70,720
5 Addis 7.67 $79,590
6 Zachary 9.33 $89,712
7 Covington 9.33 $76,399
8 Walker 10.33 $73,115
9 Scott 12.67 $55,825
10 Sulphur 13.0 $54,537
11 Slidell 13.67 $55,874
12 Broussard 15.0 $76,515
13 Denham Springs 15.33 $67,921
14 Carencro 16.33 $48,406
15 Kenner 18.0 $54,493
16 Ponchatoula 18.33 $37,381
17 Lafayette 18.33 $54,139
18 St. Gabriel 18.67 $52,103
19 Baker 19.0 $64,455
20 Patterson 19.33 $42,338
21 Pineville 20.0 $50,188
22 Gonzales 20.33 $52,232
23 Houma 24.0 $44,956
24 Bossier City 25.0 $48,385
25 Lake Charles 26.33 $44,785
26 Gretna 28.67 $41,409
27 Westwego 30.0 $33,060
28 Deridder 31.33 $49,383
29 Morgan City 31.67 $40,247
30 New Orleans 34.33 $43,258
31 Shreveport 34.67 $40,809
32 Franklin 35.0 $39,194
33 Baton Rouge 35.33 $44,177
34 Plaquemine 35.67 $51,750
35 Alexandria 36.67 $41,845
36 Minden 37.0 $26,653
37 Ruston 38.0 $32,295
38 New Iberia 39.33 $43,938
39 Thibodaux 39.33 $38,415
40 Jennings 39.33 $28,360
41 Breaux Bridge 40.0 $41,556
42 Rayne 40.67 $35,616
43 Marksville 41.0 $30,146
44 Oakdale 42.0 $31,103
45 Abbeville 42.33 $34,555
46 Grambling 42.33 $23,393
47 West Monroe 43.0 $35,528
48 Jeanerette 45.33 $42,616
49 Monroe 45.67 $31,926
50 Opelousas 46.0 $32,666
51 St. Martinville 46.33 $30,530
52 Eunice 47.0 $37,411
53 Hammond 47.67 $31,250
54 Bastrop 47.67 $23,153
55 Leesville 48.0 $36,250
56 Bogalusa 48.33 $31,619
57 Crowley 53.67 $28,888
58 Tallulah 55.0 $28,354
59 Natchitoches 57.33 $23,967
60 Donaldsonville 59.33 $23,151
61 Ville Platte 59.67 $20,147

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Louisiana.

About Chris Kolmar

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