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A- Central Amenities Some amenities close to this location
C Central Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Louisiana
982% less expensive than the US average
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Central cost of living
D Central Crime Total crime is 20% lower than Louisiana
Total crime
3,12813% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3213% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Central crime
C+ Central Employment Household income is 55% higher than Louisiana
Median household income
$70,61828% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,5396% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%51% lower than the US average
Central employment
B- Central Housing Home value is 29% higher than Louisiana
Median home value
$191,0003% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$77219% lower than the US average
Home ownership
85%34% higher than the US average
Central real estate or Central rentals
A+ Central Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Louisiana
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
78%58% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Central K-12 schools

Living in Central, LA

Central, Louisiana is a moderately-sized city with a population of 28,017 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, Central is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. 79% of the people in Central (over the age of 15) are married and 70% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Living in Central can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Louisiana, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Central and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Central to Louisiana and the national average.

Central has a livability score of 81/100 and is ranked #31 in Louisiana and #1,395 in the USA. Based on this score, Central would be considered a very livable city! Central has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. If we examine each of the categories on their own, we see that Central ranks well for amenities (A-), weather (B+), education (A+), employment (C+) and housing (B-). Central does not rank well for the following: crime (D). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Central, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

The average school test scores in Central are 78%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Central is actually affordable. The median home price for Central homes is $191,000, which is 28.8% higher than the Louisiana average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Central, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 18.2% lower than the Louisiana average.

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Compare Central, LA Livability To Other Cities

Best Cities Near Central, LA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Shenandoah, LA881119,999
Westminster, LA87113,103
Oak Hills Place, LA8613.48,366
Inniswold, LA8511.36,660
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Village St. George, LA8413.97,187
Brusly, LA8417.22,675
Central, LA81028,017
St. Francisville, LA8125.52,064

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Central, Louisiana: Small-town Feel Near the Big City

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 level of employment and income makes Central a more upwardly mobile community than many small towns where people are fleeing to the cities.

Personally, I love the weather. It’s generally mild throughout the year but some summer days can be warm, and some people don’t care for the humidity. I do love that we can plan to get outside with the children all year long.

The cost of living and housing can be a little expensive in the best areas in Central compared to the rest of Louisiana. Also, there aren’t many places to go out and eat or much local entertainment. The upside though is that Central is only a short 20-minute drive to the shopping, restaurants and nightlife in Baton Rouge, so it still gets good marks. I love the small-town feel while being close to the city attractions.
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Source: The Central, LA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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