Best places to live in Louisiana

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Best places to live in Louisiana

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Louisiana using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Luling
- Population: 14,049
- Median home value: $219,000 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,149 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $89,034
- Top public schools: J.B. Martin Middle School (A), Lakewood Elementary School (A), Mimosa Park Elementary School (A-)

#9. Village St. George
- Population: 7,334
- Median home value: $231,600 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,294 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $88,324
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School (A-), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-)

#8. Prien
- Population: 8,437
- Median home value: $241,300 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,456 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $82,140
- Top public schools: Prien Lake Elementary School (A), T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School (A-), A.M. Barbe High School (A-)

#7. Shenandoah
- Population: 20,252
- Median home value: $261,900 (79% own)
- Median rent: $1,104 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $92,432
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School (A-), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Michael the Archangel High School (B+)

#6. Covington
- Population: 10,372
- Median home value: $232,900 (69% own)
- Median rent: $959 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $71,548
- Top public schools: E.E. Lyon Elementary School (A-), Joseph B. Lancaster Elementary School (A-), Madisonville Junior High School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Paul's School (A), St. Scholastica Academy (A-), St. Peter Elementary School

#5. Mandeville
- Population: 12,448
- Median home value: $288,900 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,133 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $72,989
- Top public schools: Mandeville High School (A-), Lake Harbor Middle School (A-), Mandeville Junior High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School, Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School, New Covenant Presbyterian Weekday School

#4. Youngsville
- Population: 13,407
- Median home value: $222,800 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,150 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $89,038
- Top public schools: Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy (A), Early College Academy (A), Ernest Gallet Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Youngsville Christian School

#3. Destrehan
- Population: 11,398
- Median home value: $239,500 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,103 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $93,831
- Top public schools: Harry M. Hurst Middle School (A), Destrehan High School (A), Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Charles Borromeo School

#2. Prairieville
- Population: 31,974
- Median home value: $236,500 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,188 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $99,953
- Top public schools: Prairieville Middle School (A), Dutchtown Middle School (A), Prairieville Primary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. John Primary School

#1. Elmwood
- Population: 5,698
- Median home value: $209,800 (16% own)
- Median rent: $1,226 (84% rent)
- Median household income: $57,396
- Top public schools: Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies (A+), Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy (A+), Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies (A)

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Best places to live in Louisiana

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Louisiana using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Luling
- Population: 14,049
- Median home value: $219,000 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,149 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $89,034
- Top public schools: J.B. Martin Middle School (A), Lakewood Elementary School (A), Mimosa Park Elementary School (A-)

#9. Village St. George
- Population: 7,334
- Median home value: $231,600 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,294 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $88,324
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School (A-), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-)

#8. Prien
- Population: 8,437
- Median home value: $241,300 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,456 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $82,140
- Top public schools: Prien Lake Elementary School (A), T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School (A-), A.M. Barbe High School (A-)

#7. Shenandoah
- Population: 20,252
- Median home value: $261,900 (79% own)
- Median rent: $1,104 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $92,432
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School (A-), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Michael the Archangel High School (B+)

#6. Covington
- Population: 10,372
- Median home value: $232,900 (69% own)
- Median rent: $959 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $71,548
- Top public schools: E.E. Lyon Elementary School (A-), Joseph B. Lancaster Elementary School (A-), Madisonville Junior High School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Paul's School (A), St. Scholastica Academy (A-), St. Peter Elementary School

#5. Mandeville
- Population: 12,448
- Median home value: $288,900 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,133 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $72,989
- Top public schools: Mandeville High School (A-), Lake Harbor Middle School (A-), Mandeville Junior High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School, Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School, New Covenant Presbyterian Weekday School

#4. Youngsville
- Population: 13,407
- Median home value: $222,800 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,150 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $89,038
- Top public schools: Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy (A), Early College Academy (A), Ernest Gallet Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Youngsville Christian School

#3. Destrehan
- Population: 11,398
- Median home value: $239,500 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,103 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $93,831
- Top public schools: Harry M. Hurst Middle School (A), Destrehan High School (A), Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Charles Borromeo School

#2. Prairieville
- Population: 31,974
- Median home value: $236,500 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,188 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $99,953
- Top public schools: Prairieville Middle School (A), Dutchtown Middle School (A), Prairieville Primary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. John Primary School

#1. Elmwood
- Population: 5,698
- Median home value: $209,800 (16% own)
- Median rent: $1,226 (84% rent)
- Median household income: $57,396
- Top public schools: Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies (A+), Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy (A+), Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies (A)

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