The 10 Richest Cities In Louisiana For 2023


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 60 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 2023:

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

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 60 cities to score and the data to answer the question: what’s the wealthiest city in the Louisiana? According to the data, Youngsville is the place in Louisiana with the richest of the rich for 2023.

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 2023

1. Youngsville

Youngsville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,167
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $101,455
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Youngsville: Real Estate | Photos

2. Central

Central, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 29,746
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $83,947
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Central: Real Estate | Photos

3. Addis

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,503
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $81,681
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Addis: Real Estate

4. Mandeville

Mandeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,985
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $79,149
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Mandeville: Real Estate | Photos

5. Harahan

Harahan, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,137
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $68,846
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Harahan: Real Estate | Photos

6. Denham Springs

Denham Springs, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,389
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Median Income: $79,646
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Denham Springs: Real Estate | Photos

7. Zachary

Zachary, LA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,278
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $85,949
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Zachary: Real Estate | Photos

8. Scott

Scott, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,200
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,958
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 11.8%
More on Scott: Real Estate | Photos

9. Walker

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,322
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $80,521
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Walker: Real Estate

10. Broussard

Broussard, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,960
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $85,055
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 16.9%
More on Broussard: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Louisiana For 2023

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 2017-2021 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 60 places with more than 5,000 people in Louisiana, we ranked each place from 1 to 60 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, Youngsville, crowned the “Richest City In Louisiana For 2023”. 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 60 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Louisiana For 2023

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

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Louisiana

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Youngsville 1.33 $101,455
2 Central 3.33 $83,947
3 Addis 5.67 $81,681
4 Mandeville 5.67 $79,149
5 Harahan 7.67 $68,846
6 Denham Springs 10.0 $79,646
7 Zachary 12.0 $85,949
8 Scott 12.33 $61,958
9 Walker 12.33 $80,521
10 Broussard 12.33 $85,055
11 Covington 13.0 $70,511
12 Slidell 15.0 $57,920
13 Sulphur 16.0 $50,797
14 Kenner 16.33 $58,419
15 Gonzales 16.33 $59,108
16 Carencro 17.67 $52,478
17 Pineville 18.0 $44,732
18 Thibodaux 19.33 $46,658
19 Lafayette 20.0 $55,329
20 St. Gabriel 20.0 $53,045
21 Baker 23.0 $55,371
22 Lake Charles 23.0 $49,913
23 Houma 23.67 $48,688
24 Patterson 24.0 $48,006
25 Ponchatoula 25.33 $36,706
26 Jennings 26.33 $37,301
27 Bossier City 26.67 $50,027
28 Plaquemine 28.67 $58,810
29 Gretna 30.0 $44,688
30 Deridder 30.67 $50,889
31 New Orleans 32.33 $45,594
32 Baton Rouge 34.33 $46,282
33 Ruston 34.67 $34,554
34 Shreveport 36.33 $41,782
35 Morgan City 36.33 $42,877
36 Minden 36.67 $25,661
37 Alexandria 37.0 $43,760
38 Franklin 37.33 $33,390
39 West Monroe 37.67 $38,865
40 Westwego 37.67 $32,384
41 Abbeville 37.67 $36,912
42 Oakdale 38.0 $38,482
43 Breaux Bridge 38.0 $44,155
44 Hammond 38.33 $37,302
45 New Iberia 41.33 $43,734
46 Grambling 41.67 $28,498
47 Rayne 42.33 $36,813
48 Monroe 45.33 $33,925
49 St. Martinville 47.33 $30,565
50 Leesville 47.67 $33,773
51 Eunice 48.67 $35,982
52 Opelousas 49.33 $33,272
53 Bogalusa 49.33 $32,613
54 Marksville 50.33 $25,786
55 Tallulah 53.67 $30,409
56 Crowley 55.67 $28,775
57 Natchitoches 56.0 $28,401
58 Bastrop 56.67 $23,955
59 Ville Platte 58.0 $21,818
60 Donaldsonville 58.67 $20,052

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the richest cities in Louisiana.

About Chris Kolmar

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