Best places to live in Louisiana

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March 31, 2021
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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. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

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.

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#25. Norco

- Population: 2,850
- Median home value: $162,200 (76% own)
- Median rent: $939 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $68,271
- Top public schools: Harry M. Hurst Middle School (A), Norco Elementary School (A), Destrehan High School (A)

- Pictured: 400 Wild Rose Dr, Norco ($393,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#24. Milton

- Population: 2,299
- Median home value: $209,800 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,153 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $91,786
- Top public schools: Early College Academy (A), Milton Elementary School (B+), J. Wallace James Elementary School (B)

- Pictured: 111 Kimball Dr, Lafayette ($1.8 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#23. Westlake

- Population: 4,727
- Median home value: $114,400 (75% own)
- Median rent: $630 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $42,156
- Top public schools: T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School (A-), Vincent Settlement Elementary School (A-), S.P. Arnett Middle School (A-)

- Pictured: 128 Villa Dr, Westlake ($499,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#22. Addis

- Population: 5,274
- Median home value: $205,100 (79% own)
- Median rent: $1,034 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $77,819
- Top public schools: Brusly High School (B+), Lukeville Upper Elementary School (B), Brusly Middle School (B)

- Pictured: 7728 Ed Lejeune St, Addis ($625,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#21. Oak Hills Place

- Population: 8,326
- Median home value: $340,000 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,281 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $85,959
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-), Sherwood Middle Academic Academy (A-)
- Top private schools: The Dunham School (A+), Family Christian Academy (B), Montessori School of Baton Rouge (unavailable)

- Pictured: 11001 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge ($14.0 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#20. Sorrento

- Population: 1,681
- Median home value: $165,700 (78% own)
- Median rent: $847 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $61,207
- Top public schools: St. Amant High School (A), St. Amant Middle School (A-), St. Amant Primary School (A-)

- Pictured: 8474 Main St, Sorrento ($579,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#19. River Ridge

- Population: 13,337
- Median home value: $265,300 (72% own)
- Median rent: $927 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $69,929
- 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)
- Top private schools: John Curtis Christian School (B)

- Pictured: 231 Garden Rd, River Ridge ($1.5 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#18. St. Rose

- Population: 7,352
- Median home value: $152,700 (71% own)
- Median rent: $730 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $49,816
- Top public schools: Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies (A+), Albert Cammon Middle School (A), St. Rose Elementary School (A)

- Pictured: 168 Oak Manor Ln, Saint Rose ($410,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#17. Inniswold

- Population: 5,963
- Median home value: $270,600 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,075 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $92,843
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-), Sherwood Middle Academic Academy (A-)
- Top private schools: Baton Rouge International School (A)

- Pictured: 4405 Bluebonnet Rd, Baton Rouge ($1.2 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#16. Brusly

- Population: 2,741
- Median home value: $218,400 (83% own)
- Median rent: $760 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $77,563
- Top public schools: Brusly High School (B+), Lukeville Upper Elementary School (B), Brusly Middle School (B)

- Pictured: 316 Quiet Oak Blvd, Brusly ($489,900, 5 bedrooms)
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#15. Broussard

- Population: 11,913
- Median home value: $214,400 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,210 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $82,677
- Top public schools: Early College Academy (A), Green T. Lindon Elementary School (B+), Ernest Gallet Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: St. Cecilia School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 304 Opus One Dr, Broussard ($1.4 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#14. Lafayette

- Population: 126,666
- Median home value: $195,400 (57% own)
- Median rent: $890 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $51,264
- Top public schools: Early College Academy (A), L.J. Alleman Middle School (A-), Lafayette High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Ascension Episcopal School (A), St. Thomas More Catholic High School (A), Teurlings Catholic High School (B+)

- Pictured: 155 Shannon Rd, Lafayette ($4.4 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#13. Metairie

- Population: 142,135
- Median home value: $236,900 (61% own)
- Median rent: $952 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $59,346
- Top public schools: Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies (A+), Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy (A+), Belle Chasse Academy (A)
- Top private schools: Metairie Park Country Day School (A+), St. Martin's Episcopal School (A), Ridgewood Preparatory School (A-)

- Pictured: 201 Northline St, Metairie ($16.9 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#12. Zachary

- Population: 17,283
- Median home value: $224,500 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,097 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $84,795
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Northwestern Middle School (A), Zachary High School (A)
- Top private schools: Zachary Christian Academy (B+)

- Pictured: 3620 Church St, Zachary ($1.7 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#11. Westminster

- Population: 2,760
- Median home value: $256,700 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,519 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $88,778
- Top public schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School (A+), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-), Sherwood Middle Academic Academy (A-)

- Pictured: 4874 Bricklin Dr, Baton Rouge ($1.2 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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-)

- Pictured: 109 S Lake Dr, Luling ($548,000, 4 bedrooms)
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#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+), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-), Sherwood Middle Academic Academy (A-)

- Pictured: 14747 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge ($2.0 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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-), Vincent Settlement Elementary School (A-)

- Pictured: 4312 Ihles Rd, Lake Charles ($799,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#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+), Mayfair Laboratory School (A-), Sherwood Middle Academic Academy (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Michael the Archangel High School (B+)

- Pictured: 4156 Bankers Ln, Baton Rouge ($749,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#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 (unavailable)

- Pictured: 74450 Highway 437, Covington ($2.9 million, 3 bedrooms)
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#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), Woodlake Elementary School (A), Magnolia Trace Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School (unavailable), Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School (unavailable), New Covenant Presbyterian Weekday School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 85 Cardinal Ln, Mandeville ($4.3 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#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: Early College Academy (A), Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy (A), Green T. Lindon Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: Youngsville Christian School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1701 Bonin Rd, Youngsville ($3.8 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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: Albert Cammon Middle School (A), Harry M. Hurst Middle School (A), St. Rose Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Charles Borromeo School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 101 Valcour Ln, Destrehan ($629,900, 5 bedrooms)
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#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: Dutchtown Middle School (A), Dutchtown High School (A), Prairieville Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: St. John Primary School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 16381 Old Jefferson Hwy, Prairieville ($1.7 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#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)

- Pictured: 632 Ferriday Ct, Harahan ($744,750, 4 bedrooms)

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