The 10 Richest Cities In Louisiana For 2021


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 62 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 2021:

  1. Central
  2. Mandeville
  3. Addis
  4. Zachary
  5. Harahan
  6. Covington
  7. Youngsville
  8. Broussard
  9. Denham Springs
  10. Walker

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 62 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 2021.

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 2021

1. Central

Central, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,107
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $80,015
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Central: Real Estate | Photos

2. Mandeville

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,448
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $72,989
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Mandeville: Real Estate | Photos

3. Addis

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,274
Rank Last Year:
Median Income: $77,819
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Addis: Real Estate

4. Zachary

Zachary, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 17,283
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $84,795
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Zachary: Real Estate | Photos

5. Harahan

Harahan, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,304
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $66,741
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Harahan: Real Estate | Photos

6. Covington

Covington, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,372
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $71,548
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 13.4%
More on Covington: Real Estate | Photos

7. Youngsville

Youngsville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,407
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Median Income: $89,038
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 11.2%
More on Youngsville: Real Estate | Photos

8. Broussard

Broussard, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,913
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $82,677
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 13.3%
More on Broussard: Real Estate | Photos

9. Denham Springs

Denham Springs, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,937
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $53,435
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Denham Springs: Real Estate | Photos

10. Walker

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,261
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Median Income: $60,485
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 11.0%
More on Walker: Real Estate

How We Determined The Richest Places In Louisiana For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 62 places with more than 5,000 people in Louisiana, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 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 2021”. 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 62 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Louisiana For 2021

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

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Louisiana

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Central 3.33 $80,015
2 Mandeville 5.0 $72,989
3 Addis 5.33 $77,819
4 Zachary 6.0 $84,795
5 Harahan 6.67 $66,741
6 Covington 7.67 $71,548
7 Youngsville 8.0 $89,038
8 Broussard 8.33 $82,677
9 Denham Springs 9.0 $53,435
10 Walker 12.33 $60,485
11 Kenner 14.33 $54,975
12 Sulphur 14.33 $53,287
13 Baker 14.67 $53,082
14 Scott 15.0 $54,551
15 Patterson 17.33 $40,574
16 St. Gabriel 17.67 $48,259
17 Pineville 19.0 $45,088
18 Slidell 19.0 $54,906
19 Gonzales 20.33 $52,923
20 Lafayette 20.33 $51,264
21 Ponchatoula 20.67 $41,184
22 Bossier City 21.67 $50,340
23 Gretna 23.67 $47,244
24 Carencro 26.67 $39,162
25 Lake Charles 29.0 $42,942
26 Houma 30.0 $42,949
27 Thibodaux 31.0 $38,269
28 Deridder 31.33 $45,536
29 Breaux Bridge 31.33 $43,758
30 New Orleans 32.67 $41,604
31 Baton Rouge 33.0 $44,470
32 West Monroe 34.33 $34,454
33 Shreveport 34.67 $39,090
34 Morgan City 34.67 $40,240
35 Alexandria 35.33 $43,497
36 Franklin 36.67 $40,094
37 Oakdale 37.0 $32,538
38 Plaquemine 37.0 $44,457
39 Grambling 38.0 $22,398
40 Minden 39.67 $24,894
41 Westwego 40.33 $30,126
42 Hammond 40.33 $36,921
43 Ruston 40.33 $29,128
44 Jennings 42.33 $29,819
45 New Iberia 43.33 $38,221
46 Eunice 46.33 $34,573
47 Jeanerette 46.33 $34,643
48 Abbeville 46.67 $38,900
49 Monroe 46.67 $30,438
50 Crowley 47.67 $26,972
51 Rayne 48.67 $32,266
52 Marksville 49.0 $25,653
53 Leesville 49.33 $31,572
54 St. Martinville 50.33 $25,520
55 Bogalusa 51.0 $31,976
56 Jackson 51.33 $34,063
57 Tallulah 52.0 $26,351
58 Bastrop 52.33 $20,117
59 Opelousas 53.33 $22,646
60 Donaldsonville 54.33 $25,551
61 Ville Platte 59.0 $19,616
62 Natchitoches 60.0 $21,715

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Louisiana.

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.

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