Louisiana’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Named after King Louis XIV of France, Louisiana is known as the Pelican State and Sportsman’s Paradise. It’s also known for the famous Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, its large Cajun population, descendants of the Acadians driven out of Canada, and Saint Martin Parish, which holds the largest freshwater river basin in the world. Whether you’re in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, Bossier City or Lafayette, there’s many Creole, Cajun, and French cultures to explore. New Orleans in particular is home to the French Quarter, a center for jazz music and colonial architecture, the St. Louis Cathedral done in the Renaissance style, and the National World War II museum. Whether you like music, food, or history, there’s something for you in Louisiana!

So if you’re in Louisiana, what are the key activities that you just can’t miss? I’ll name a few:

  • French Quarter- Like I said, you have to see the heart of New Orleans, which has amazing nightlife, colorful buildings with balconies, and incredible jazz clubs.
  • Oak Alley Plantation- This cafe on the Mississippi River has traditional Southern and Cajun food like mint juleps, po’ boys, and don’t forget cocktails!
  • Audubon Zoo- Jaguars and alligators and tigers, oh my! This zoo spans 58 acres and 2,000 animals, in the heart of New Orleans.

Whatever the occasion, if you visit Louisiana, you should probably get a handle on its safest cities. Number one on our list is Addis, a town in West Baton Rouge Parish. With a population just over 5,000, Addis has only 1.76 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 0 property crimes for the same population, which is almost unheard of. 

5.57

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

2.34
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
33.668

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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1
Addis, Louisiana
Addis
Safety Score: 91.31

Addis, LA

Population 5,117
Median Income 68,261
Households 1,692
Violent Crime 1.76
Violent Crime -1.36
Property Crimes 0
Property Crime 0

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Tallulah, Louisiana
Tallulah
Safety Score: 89.07

Tallulah, LA

Population 6,970
Median Income 27,592
Households 2,733
Violent Crime 1.87
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 2.73
Property Crime NAN

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Youngsville, Louisiana
Youngsville
Safety Score: 82.98

Youngsville, LA

Population 13,679
Median Income 85,208
Households 3,960
Violent Crime 1.17
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 12.35
Property Crime NAN

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St. Gabriel, Louisiana
St. Gabriel
Safety Score: 82.16

St. Gabriel, LA

Population 7,298
Median Income 40,545
Households 1,493
Violent Crime 2.88
Violent Crime -1.57
Property Crimes 11.1
Property Crime -2.26

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Harahan, Louisiana
Harahan
Safety Score: 80.5

Harahan, LA

Population 9,373
Median Income 65,082
Households 3,857
Violent Crime 1.81
Violent Crime +0.85
Property Crimes 15.26
Property Crime 1.8

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Minden, Louisiana
Minden
Safety Score: 80.38

Minden, LA

Population 12,497
Median Income 28,450
Households 4,851
Violent Crime 0.64
Violent Crime -1.42
Property Crimes 17.04
Property Crime -2.86

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Abbeville, Louisiana
Abbeville
Safety Score: 78.09

Abbeville, LA

Population 12,491
Median Income 34,137
Households 4,547
Violent Crime 7.85
Violent Crime -1.53
Property Crimes 0
Property Crime -38.01

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Mandeville, Louisiana
Mandeville
Safety Score: 78.04

Mandeville, LA

Population 12,503
Median Income 70,609
Households 4,746
Violent Crime 1.12
Violent Crime -0.97
Property Crimes 19.92
Property Crime -1.81

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Westwego, Louisiana
Westwego
Safety Score: 77.62

Westwego, LA

Population 8,532
Median Income 32,318
Households 3,377
Violent Crime 2.58
Violent Crime -0.7
Property Crimes 19.57
Property Crime -7.24

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De Ridder, Louisiana
De Ridder
Safety Score: 77.25

De Ridder, LA

Population 11,116
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 1.8
Violent Crime -0.03
Property Crimes 19.88
Property Crime 2.42

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Scott, Louisiana
Scott
Safety Score: 76.43

Scott, LA

Population 8,780
Median Income 48,170
Households 3,445
Violent Crime 0.68
Violent Crime -0.09
Property Crimes 22.89
Property Crime -2.74

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Broussard, Louisiana
Broussard
Safety Score: 75.08

Broussard, LA

Population 12,125
Median Income 72,621
Households 4,183
Violent Crime 2.23
Violent Crime -0.35
Property Crimes 22.35
Property Crime -1.65

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Covington, Louisiana
Covington
Safety Score: 74.96

Covington, LA

Population 10,571
Median Income 57,438
Households 3,706
Violent Crime 2.74
Violent Crime -0.9
Property Crimes 22.8
Property Crime -7.46

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Carencro, Louisiana
Carencro
Safety Score: 74.72

Carencro, LA

Population 8,944
Median Income 38,807
Households 3,291
Violent Crime 2.24
Violent Crime +0.07
Property Crimes 23.59
Property Crime 3.05

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Port Allen, Louisiana
Port Allen
Safety Score: 71.76

Port Allen, LA

Population 5,085
Median Income 40,164
Households 2,207
Violent Crime 6.29
Violent Crime +2.58
Property Crimes 23.01
Property Crime 4.25

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Gretna, Louisiana
Gretna
Safety Score: 70.32

Gretna, LA

Population 17,923
Median Income 41,260
Households 7,029
Violent Crime 2.18
Violent Crime -0.17
Property Crimes 31.3
Property Crime -6.62

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Baker, Louisiana
Baker
Safety Score: 70.32

Baker, LA

Population 13,584
Median Income 44,509
Households 5,066
Violent Crime 3.75
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 26.94
Property Crime NAN

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Patterson, Louisiana
Patterson
Safety Score: 69.74

Patterson, LA

Population 6,053
Median Income 45,676
Households 2,264
Violent Crime 5.29
Violent Crime +5.13
Property Crimes 27.42
Property Crime 10.88

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Plaquemine, Louisiana
Plaquemine
Safety Score: 68.43

Plaquemine, LA

Population 6,727
Median Income 47,853
Households 2,557
Violent Crime 4.46
Violent Crime -1.84
Property Crimes 29.43
Property Crime -5.59

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Kenner, Louisiana
Kenner
Safety Score: 68.41

Kenner, LA

Population 67,149
Median Income 53,336
Households 24,781
Violent Crime 2.87
Violent Crime -0.02
Property Crimes 31.33
Property Crime -1.95

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Springhill, Louisiana
Springhill
Safety Score: 67.43

Springhill, LA

Population 5,012
Median Income 27,857
Households 2,154
Violent Crime 1.2
Violent Crime -0.58
Property Crimes 35.51
Property Crime 3.91

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Slidell, Louisiana
Slidell
Safety Score: 65.3

Slidell, LA

Population 28,163
Median Income 55,168
Households 10,198
Violent Crime 3.44
Violent Crime -0.3
Property Crimes 35.33
Property Crime -8.22

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Ruston, Louisiana
Ruston
Safety Score: 65.19

Ruston, LA

Population 22,438
Median Income 27,411
Households 7,671
Violent Crime 5.48
Violent Crime +0.48
Property Crimes 32.09
Property Crime 4.34

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Jennings, Louisiana
Jennings
Safety Score: 64.21

Jennings, LA

Population 10,074
Median Income 29,874
Households 3,603
Violent Crime 2.08
Violent Crime -0.78
Property Crimes 38.12
Property Crime 6.46

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Houma, Louisiana
Houma
Safety Score: 64.01

Houma, LA

Population 34,083
Median Income 43,178
Households 12,334
Violent Crime 3.61
Violent Crime -1.24
Property Crimes 36.53
Property Crime -4.48

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Rayne, Louisiana
Rayne
Safety Score: 63.86

Rayne, LA

Population 8,167
Median Income 31,653
Households 3,013
Violent Crime 7.84
Violent Crime +2.98
Property Crimes 31.71
Property Crime 2.32

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
Thibodaux
Safety Score: 61.94

Thibodaux, LA

Population 14,617
Median Income 35,146
Households 5,548
Violent Crime 4.17
Violent Crime -2
Property Crimes 39.54
Property Crime -1.11

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Sulphur, Louisiana
Sulphur
Safety Score: 59.56

Sulphur, LA

Population 20,247
Median Income 53,058
Households 7,981
Violent Crime 4.69
Violent Crime -0.32
Property Crimes 41.39
Property Crime -2.9

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Lafayette, Louisiana
Lafayette
Safety Score: 55.68

Lafayette, LA

Population 128,691
Median Income 48,533
Households 49,679
Violent Crime 5.6
Violent Crime +0.63
Property Crimes 45.56
Property Crime -4.21

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Zachary, Louisiana
Zachary
Safety Score: 55.59

Zachary, LA

Population 17,072
Median Income 79,346
Households 5,471
Violent Crime 6.91
Violent Crime +2.43
Property Crimes 44.69
Property Crime 12.87

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Morgan City, Louisiana
Morgan City
Safety Score: 54.53

Morgan City, LA

Population 11,530
Median Income 42,483
Households 4,703
Violent Crime 8.07
Violent Crime +0.14
Property Crimes 45.01
Property Crime -6.22

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New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans
Safety Score: 53.65

New Orleans, LA

Population 397,447
Median Income 38,721
Households 154,895
Violent Crime 11.21
Violent Crime +0.51
Property Crimes 42.44
Property Crime 3.24

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Bossier City, Louisiana
Bossier Cit.
Safety Score: 53.18

Bossier City, LA

Population 69,632
Median Income 48,468
Households 25,885
Violent Crime 7.68
Violent Crime -0.75
Property Crimes 47.15
Property Crime 0.94

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
Lake Charle.
Safety Score: 53.06

Lake Charles, LA

Population 77,647
Median Income 40,910
Households 31,144
Violent Crime 8.22
Violent Crime -0.29
Property Crimes 45.38
Property Crime 4.36

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Eunice, Louisiana
Eunice
Safety Score: 51.64

Eunice, LA

Population 10,258
Median Income 29,189
Households 3,887
Violent Crime 4.78
Violent Crime -1.54
Property Crimes 52.93
Property Crime -0.71

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Walker, Louisiana
Walker
Safety Score: 45.94

Walker, LA

Population 6,447
Median Income 55,833
Households 2,336
Violent Crime 8.07
Violent Crime +2.87
Property Crimes 57.08
Property Crime 21.97

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Shreveport, Louisiana
Shreveport
Safety Score: 45.11

Shreveport, LA

Population 193,937
Median Income 37,390
Households 76,283
Violent Crime 9.54
Violent Crime +0.05
Property Crimes 55.76
Property Crime 1.19

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Bogalusa, Louisiana
Bogalusa
Safety Score: 44.67

Bogalusa, LA

Population 11,865
Median Income 24,600
Households 4,700
Violent Crime 12.98
Violent Crime -0.23
Property Crimes 52.17
Property Crime -3.54

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Leesville, Louisiana
Leesville
Safety Score: 44.33

Leesville, LA

Population 6,226
Median Income 34,668
Households 2,431
Violent Crime 9.48
Violent Crime +0.55
Property Crimes 58.3
Property Crime -11.4

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge
Safety Score: 44.05

Baton Rouge, LA

Population 227,403
Median Income 40,948
Households 86,241
Violent Crime 10.27
Violent Crime +0.89
Property Crimes 55.94
Property Crime 12.44

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Crowley, Louisiana
Crowley
Safety Score: 41.79

Crowley, LA

Population 13,026
Median Income 26,645
Households 4,994
Violent Crime 16.35
Violent Crime +8.19
Property Crimes 51.9
Property Crime 19.05

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Ville Platte, Louisiana
Ville Platt.
Safety Score: 41.19

Ville Platte, LA

Population 7,244
Median Income 19,716
Households 2,987
Violent Crime 5.52
Violent Crime +2.62
Property Crimes 67.5
Property Crime 3.91

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
Denham Spri.
Safety Score: 40.38

Denham Springs, LA

Population 10,329
Median Income 52,649
Households 3,834
Violent Crime 3.68
Violent Crime +0.51
Property Crimes 70.09
Property Crime 5.58

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Gonzales, Louisiana
Gonzales
Safety Score: 38.45

Gonzales, LA

Population 11,012
Median Income 58,082
Households 4,008
Violent Crime 8.35
Violent Crime +3.47
Property Crimes 68.29
Property Crime -14.49

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Natchitoches, Louisiana
Natchitoche.
Safety Score: 36.76

Natchitoches, LA

Population 18,284
Median Income 21,579
Households 6,485
Violent Crime 11.87
Violent Crime +1.61
Property Crimes 64.65
Property Crime -5.77

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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Breaux Brid.
Safety Score: 36.67

Breaux Bridge, LA

Population 8,451
Median Income 36,743
Households 3,049
Violent Crime 3.79
Violent Crime +0.59
Property Crimes 75.02
Property Crime -3.36

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Pineville, Louisiana
Pineville
Safety Score: 33.7

Pineville, LA

Population 14,473
Median Income 42,405
Households 5,052
Violent Crime 10.23
Violent Crime +0.77
Property Crimes 72.34
Property Crime 9.89

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West Monroe, Louisiana
West Monroe
Safety Score: 31.47

West Monroe, LA

Population 12,891
Median Income 32,182
Households 5,355
Violent Crime 6.52
Violent Crime -0.28
Property Crimes 80.75
Property Crime 4.33

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Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Ponchatoula
Safety Score: 22.65

Ponchatoula, LA

Population 7,317
Median Income 43,681
Households 2,698
Violent Crime 11.34
Violent Crime -2.61
Property Crimes 85.55
Property Crime 14.68

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Alexandria, Louisiana
Alexandria
Safety Score: 18.68

Alexandria, LA

Population 47,860
Median Income 36,997
Households 17,983
Violent Crime 14.42
Violent Crime -4
Property Crimes 87.69
Property Crime 2.35

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Monroe, LA49,35429,01422.25 82.32 2.5115.15
52Hammond, LA20,71237,05914.87 96.85 3.9111.6

How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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