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Best Places To Live In Louisiana 2018

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  • Prien, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,903
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  • Shenandoah, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,999
  • I liked living in Shenandoah Louisiana because of its multifaceted layout. Shenandoah is a part of East Baton Rouge Parish. It consists of a number of neighborhood subdivisions such as The Woods, The
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  • Oak Hills Place, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,366
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  • Fort Polk South, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,219
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  • Harahan, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,321
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  • Inniswold, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,660
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  • Village St. George, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,187
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  • Mandeville, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,244
  • I really enjoy living in Mandeville, LA. It is such a nice little suburb. It has been a really wonderful place to raise my family. The school system here is fantastic. They have all been rated blue
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  • River Ridge, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,706
  • River Ridge, LA is such a gorgeous place to live. We're right along the Mississippi River, and so we have some absolutely stunning views. Especially around sunset. We have boating and fishing on the
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  • Youngsville, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,878
  • Would you like to experience one of the best areas in Louisiana? Well then come on to Youngsville, Louisiana. I have been living in Youngsville for 15 years and honestly life here, the people here, the
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  • Metairie, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 144,772
  • I visited Metairie in the summer of 2009 while on vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the unique things I found out while visiting the "city" was the fact that Metairie is not an actual city. It
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  • Central, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,017
  • Living in Central, Louisiana is great. We are a two income family, and there are plenty of good jobs that pay well, many of them in the various manufacturing industries that have set up shop here. The
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  • Broussard, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,221
  • I have lived in Broussard, LA, a LaFayette parish about 15 minutes south of LaFayette, for 4 years now. I moved here from Atlanta, GA and I love it here. The schools have high ratings so if you have
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  • Old Jefferson, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,911
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  • Belle Chasse, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,709
  • If there's one thing I can say about Belle Chasse its that it is most defininitely NOT New Orleans; and that's a good thing. I'm a southern girl, I grew up in Atlanta and I can tell you that the best
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  • Oakdale, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,693
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  • Jefferson, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,532
  • Located right on the Mississippi River, I love living in Jefferson, Louisiana. The area itself is very basic. The neighbors here though more than make up for the lack of basic needs. Everyone knows
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  • Prairieville, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,732
  • Living in Prairieville, La, there is nice, tolerable weather throughout the year. The winter time doesn't fall below 22 degrees, averages about 55 degrees throughout. The summer averages 81 degrees
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  • Scott, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,687
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  • Bayou Cane, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,445
  • Bayou Cane is a small town, but that doesn't mean you won't have lots of fun activities to choose from during your visit. One of the best attractions for the whole family is Regional Military Museum.
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  • Kenner, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,954
  • On Labor Day weekend of 2009, I found myself in Kenner, Louisiana for the first time in my life. I traveled to Kenner with my wife to visit my sister-in-law, who had recently moved to Kenner. The trip
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  • Monticello, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,062
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  • Meraux, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,787
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  • Port Allen, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,123
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  • Timberlane, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,596
  • I love living here in Timberlane, Louisiana there is so much to do! People that live in this community are truly awesome and one of a kind. You won't find friendliness like this anywhere else, I can
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  • Covington, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,725
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  • Destrehan, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,211
  • When you've been living in Destrehan, Louisiana as long as I have, you become an old hat at knowing what works for a community and what doesn't, and I'm here to tell you Destrehan is a pretty fine place
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  • Zachary, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,154
  • The best thing about Zachary is that it has a country feel, but very close to other cities. We have some of the top-rated schools in Louisiana making it a great place for families. I really like how the
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  • Luling, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,855
  • Lulling is a beautiful area in St. Charles Parish, and one of the best places to live if you want a taste of premium Southern living. The best areas in Lulling are along Highway 90. There's an amazing
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  • Laplace, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,845
  • Laplace is one of the best places for learning about culture while having a great time. The food is great and there's lots to say and do, include museums in historic houses that provide pertinent
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  • Carencro, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,420
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  • Gretna, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,832
  • The City of Gretna, LA uses restrictive speed limits and mobile speed traps (plain white Ford Escapes with camera and lights on the roof rack) to help solve a budget shortfall instead of being fiscally
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  • Patterson, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,085
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  • Jennings, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,180
  • Today I am living in Jennings Louisiana on a job assignment. I love the neighborly people and beautiful scenery of this unique small town. There is very little crime in Jennings Louisiana. The weather
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  • Moss Bluff, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,654
  • I've been living in Moss Bluff Louisiana for 3 years and have enjoyed the small town culture and friendly neighborly people that have welcomed my family into this community with open arms and allowed us
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  • Red Chute, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,677
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  • DeRidder, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,918
  • If you're looking for one of the best areas in Louisiana to call home, I guess you could do worse than DeRidder. I myself have been living in DeRidder for 9 years now and I am very happy here. We're
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  • Claiborne, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,299
  • Claiborne, Louisiana may have a bit of an elevated crime rate, but in all honesty that's the only black mark on her record. This is a phenomenal place to live! I should know because I have been living in
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  • Denham Springs, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,278
  • I absolutely love living in Denham Springs, Louisiana. With a population of less than 11,000, this area offers a small-town feel. As a suburb of Baton Rouge, you are close enough to the larger cities to
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  • Slidell, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,697
  • Slidell is a Amtrak stop about 25 miles ne of New Orleans. We have visited and hung out in Slidell many, many times. The food is A plus, the culture is great, and the people are similar to the ones in
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  • Springhill, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,149
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  • Sulphur, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,198
  • Sulphur is fun for the entire family, and has lots of activities and attractions that will make a day in the city memorable. If you want to take the kids on a fun outing, the Star Aquatic Center is an
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  • Lafayette, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 125,808
  • It is not unusual for me to walk into my office on a Monday morning and find a plane ticket on my desk. In May 2009, I was sent to Lafayette on business. I stayed at the Hilton Lafayette hotel. I had a
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  • Brownfields, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,025
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  • Morgan City, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,936
  • I really enjoy living in Morgan City, Louisiana. Living in Morgan City, Louisiana gives me a place to call home that has a quaint small-town feel. This community is surrounded by water and most of the
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  • Minden, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,790
  • Minden, LA is a nice town located near the bustling hub Northwestern hub of Shreveport. This is a cow town with a large sense of community. There is hardly anything to do here other than ride horses or
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  • Chalmette, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,345
  • Oh boy, Chalmette. What can I say about her? I know the times that I have had here will always stick with me forever. I met my first love here, had my first kiss, and even enjoyed watching the ships go
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  • Houma, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,052
  • I truly loved living in Houma, Louisiana. Houma, is a unique city located in the bayou country of Louisiana. They call this city the capital of bayou country. Many shipping channels converge in Houma,
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  • Galliano, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,395
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  • Gonzales, LA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,492
  • I love living in Gonzales, Louisiana! I especially like the variety of foods we have here at the different restaurants and the shopping at small specialty store is a truly unique experience that I enjoy!

Louisiana: The Southern State

Louisiana in the southern United States is neighbored by Texas and Mississippi and sits on the Gulf of Mexico. This southern state enjoys a warm subtropical climate with long summers and short, mild winters. While Louisiana might not boast the sandy coastal beaches of California or Florida, the state still has lots to love, including many attractions and a lower than average cost of living.

On the banks of the Mississippi, Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s charming capital. Named the capital in 1846, it lost the title for a time to New Orleans, but by 1882, Baton Rouge was named the permanent capital. A major industrial port city, Baton Rouge has a strong economy and is a great home for small business owners and job-seekers. Also home to the popular Louisiana State University, students thrive in this vibrant city.

Though its time as the capital city was short-lived, New Orleans is still a popular place to call home. Like Baton Rouge, the city is bustling with a healthy tourism industry. New Orleans sits on beautiful Lake Pontchartrain and it's just across this lake that one of the most beautiful beaches in the state is found in Fontainebleau State Park. New Orleans - like much of the state - is a wonderful mixture of novelty and history. Throughout the city, visitors and residents can discover quirky sites, celebrate at festivals and fairs, ride street cars and enjoy historic architecture. For those who enjoy an evening out, New Orleans is the place to be for a vibrant nightlife scene.

While Lake Charles doesn’t have a sandy beach like Lake Pontchartrain, it does have a beautiful lakeside park. Prien Lake Park has a boat launch, pavilions for picnicking and a splash pad for cooling off. If this city sounds like a great place to raise a family, that’s because it is. Lake Charles has a suburban feel, but still boasts parks, nature trails, museums and galleries perfect for family outings. Those who still like a bit of the nightlife, however, are not left out as Lake Charles is home to several casinos and lounges as well.

Speaking of great places, Lafayette is a favorite for people from all walks of life. With no shortage of things to do, residents of Lafayette rarely face boredom. One might spend a day in one of the many museums such as the Lafayette Science Museum or Children’s Museum of Acadiana. Or, residents may choose to go on a Cajun Swamp tour, spend an afternoon eating their way through the amazing French and Cajun cuisine, go fishing and boating or travel back in time at Vermillionville.

Louisiana’s present is just as colorful as its past. With a population of over four-and-a-half million residents, this state is a great home for nature lovers, outdoorsmen, foodies, revelers, sports fans, business owners, history buffs and people from all other walks of life. Learn more about Louisiana's eclectic culture and southern charm and to find the best places to live in Louisiana with AreaVibes.