Best parishes to raise a family in Louisiana

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June 3, 2021
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Best parishes to raise a family in Louisiana

Known in other parts of the world as shires, provinces, or territories, the United States’ counties (also known in certain states as boroughs or parishes) date back to the 1600s, when settlers first came to find freedom from British rule. Today, those counties remain, with the 50 states divided into several, each with its own unique makeup.

For people looking to find a home to raise a family in, choosing a county is an important decision. Most families place affordable homes, safe neighborhoods, a quality school system, and family-friendly activities at the top of their wishlists.

Stacker compiled a list of the best parishes to raise a family in Louisiana using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, healthcare, recreation and weather.

The list features parishes that boast some of the top schools and fun, family-friendly activities for every season. Keep reading to explore the best counties to raise a family. Maybe you’ll find one that suits your brood.

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#21. Acadia Parish

- Population: 62,457
- Median home value: $118,000 (71% own)
- Median rent: $662 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $43,396
- Top public schools: Egan Elementary School (A-), Iota Middle School (B+), Branch Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: Notre Dame High School (B), Northside Christian School (B-), St. Michael Elementary School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Church Point (B-), Rayne (B-), Crowley (C+)

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#20. Allen Parish

- Population: 25,618
- Median home value: $97,500 (75% own)
- Median rent: $601 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $46,446
- Top public schools: Kinder Middle School (A-), Kinder Elementary School (A-), Oberlin Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: Indian Bible Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Oakdale (B), Oberlin (B), Kinder (B)

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#19. Plaquemines Parish

- Population: 23,338
- Median home value: $190,600 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,289 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $57,204
- Top public schools: Belle Chasse Primary School (A), Belle Chasse High School (A-), Boothville-Venice Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Belle Chasse (B+), Port Sulphur (C+), Empire (C)

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#18. Beauregard Parish

- Population: 37,043
- Median home value: $127,500 (77% own)
- Median rent: $741 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $53,209
- Top public schools: Pine Wood Elementary School (B+), South Beauregard Elementary School (B), South Beauregard Upper Elementary School (B)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: DeRidder (B+), Merryville (B-), Oretta (C+)

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#17. Ouachita Parish

- Population: 155,494
- Median home value: $146,700 (58% own)
- Median rent: $768 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $41,121
- Top public schools: Claiborne School (A), Sterlington Elementary School (A), West Ridge Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: River Oaks School (A), St. Frederick High School (A-), Ouachita Christian School (B+)
- Top places to live: Claiborne (B+), Swartz (B), West Monroe (B)

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#16. Iberia Parish

- Population: 71,887
- Median home value: $115,600 (68% own)
- Median rent: $768 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $46,861
- Top public schools: Delcambre Elementary School (A-), Coteau Elementary School (A-), Dodson Street Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Catholic High School (B+), Highland Baptist Christian School (B+), St. Edward School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: New Iberia (B), Jeanerette (C+), Loreauville (B-)

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#15. West Feliciana Parish

- Population: 15,428
- Median home value: $229,500 (73% own)
- Median rent: $785 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $59,637
- Top public schools: West Feliciana Middle School (A-), West Feliciana High School (B+), Bains Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: St. Francisville (B)

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#14. Rapides Parish

- Population: 130,970
- Median home value: $143,100 (62% own)
- Median rent: $821 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $47,269
- Top public schools: Phoenix Magnet Elementary School (A), Phoenix Magnet Elementary School (A), Caroline Dormon Junior High School (A)
- Top private schools: Holy Savior Menard Central High School (A-), Grace Christian School (B+), University Academy of Central Lousiana (B+)
- Top places to live: Pineville (B+), Woodworth (B), Ball (B)

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#13. St. Bernard Parish

- Population: 46,266
- Median home value: $151,300 (68% own)
- Median rent: $951 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $44,661
- Top public schools: Joseph J. Davies Elementary School (A-), Chalmette High School (A-), J.F. Gauthier School (B+)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Prompt Succor School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Arabi (B+), Meraux (B+), Chalmette (B)

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#12. Livingston Parish

- Population: 138,928
- Median home value: $167,100 (82% own)
- Median rent: $934 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $63,389
- Top public schools: Eastside Elementary School (A-), Denham Springs Elementary School (A-), Live Oak High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Southland Christian Academy (C+)
- Top places to live: Albany (B+), Walker (B+), Denham Springs (B+)

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#11. West Baton Rouge Parish

- Population: 26,101
- Median home value: $200,000 (73% own)
- Median rent: $884 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $65,385
- Top public schools: Brusly High School (B+), Lukeville Upper Elementary School (B), Brusly Middle School (B)
- Top private schools: Holy Family School (unavailable), Faith Academy of Christian Education (unavailable), Sharon Baptist Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Brusly (A-), Addis (A-), Port Allen (B+)

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#10. Lafourche Parish

- Population: 98,108
- Median home value: $158,000 (76% own)
- Median rent: $793 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $55,506
- Top public schools: Bayou Community Academy Charter School (A), St. Charles Elementary School (A), Sixth Ward Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: E.D. White Catholic High School (A-), St. Joseph Elementary School (unavailable), St. Genevieve School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Golden Meadow (B+), Bayou Country Club (B+), Galliano (B)

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#9. Lincoln Parish

- Population: 47,246
- Median home value: $154,500 (51% own)
- Median rent: $729 (49% rent)
- Median household income: $35,467
- Top public schools: A.E. Phillips Laboratory School (A+), Hillcrest Elementary School (A), Ruston High School (A)
- Top private schools: Cedar Creek School (A), Bethel Christian School (B), New Living Word School (B-)
- Top places to live: Ruston (B), Grambling (B-), Choudrant (A)

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#8. East Baton Rouge Parish

- Population: 443,763
- Median home value: $194,000 (60% own)
- Median rent: $933 (40% rent)
- Median household income: $54,948
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Northwestern Middle School (A), University Laboratory School (A)
- Top private schools: Episcopal School of Baton Rouge (A+), The Dunham School (A+), St. Joseph's Academy (A)
- Top places to live: Shenandoah (A), Village St. George (A), Westminster (A)

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#7. Bossier Parish

- Population: 126,499
- Median home value: $172,400 (63% own)
- Median rent: $992 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $54,268
- Top public schools: Stockwell Place Elementary School (A), W.T. Lewis Elementary School (A), Kingston Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Providence Classical Academy (B+)
- Top places to live: Benton (B+), Bossier City (B+), Haughton (B)

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#6. Calcasieu Parish

- Population: 201,619
- Median home value: $156,800 (67% own)
- Median rent: $832 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $51,148
- Top public schools: Prien Lake Elementary School (A-), T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School (A-), Vincent Settlement Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Louis Catholic High School (A), Hamilton Christian School (B+), Our Lady Queen of Heaven School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Prien (A), Westlake (A-), DeQuincy (B+)

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#5. Vermilion Parish

- Population: 59,865
- Median home value: $122,200 (77% own)
- Median rent: $685 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $51,945
- Top public schools: Erath Middle School (A), North Vermilion High School (A), Seventh Ward Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Vermilion Catholic High School (B+), Harvest Time Christian Academy (B-), Mount Carmel Elementary School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Erath (B+), Delcambre (B+), Abbeville (B+)

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#4. St. Charles Parish

- Population: 52,773
- Median home value: $201,700 (81% own)
- Median rent: $978 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $69,019
- Top public schools: J.B. Martin Middle School (A), Albert Cammon Middle School (A), R.J. Vial Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Charles Borromeo School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Destrehan (A), Luling (A), St. Rose (A-)

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#3. Lafayette Parish

- Population: 241,973
- Median home value: $185,300 (65% own)
- Median rent: $874 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $56,999
- Top public schools: Early College Academy (A), Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy (A), L.J. Alleman Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: Ascension Episcopal School (A), St. Thomas More Catholic High School (A), John Paul the Great Academy (A-)
- Top places to live: Youngsville (A), Lafayette (A-), Broussard (A-)

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#2. St. Tammany Parish

- Population: 255,155
- Median home value: $218,500 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,086 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $68,905
- Top public schools: Mandeville High School (A), E.E. Lyon Elementary School (A), Woodlake Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Paul's School (A+), Christ Episcopal School (A), Archbishop Hannan High School (A)
- Top places to live: Mandeville (A), Covington (A), Abita Springs (B+)

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#1. Ascension Parish

- Population: 123,114
- Median home value: $207,400 (82% own)
- Median rent: $982 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $80,527
- Top public schools: Dutchtown Middle School (A), Dutchtown High School (A), Prairieville Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Ascension Christian Schools (A-), Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School (B+), Faith Academy (A-)
- Top places to live: Prairieville (A), Sorrento (A-), Gonzales (B+)

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