These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Louisiana For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Pelican State for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Louisiana?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Louisiana — and anyone looking to move to Louisiana — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Pelican State for 2019:

  1. Hammond (Photos)
  2. Bastrop (Photos)
  3. Opelousas (Photos)
  4. Monroe (Photos)
  5. Alexandria (Photos)
  6. Ponchatoula (Photos)
  7. Pineville (Photos)
  8. Marksville
  9. Natchitoches (Photos)
  10. Crowley (Photos)

After analyzing 55 cities in Louisiana, why did Hammond take the top spot?

For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Louisiana.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Louisiana

Most Dangerous Cities In Louisiana Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Louisiana for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 55 cities in Louisiana.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 55 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Louisiana — Hammond.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Louisiana.

Hammond, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,712
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,487 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,685 (1st most dangerous)
More on Hammond:  Data | Photos

It seems like the far eastern side of the state of Louisiana is where criminals hang out the most. At least those who prey on smaller towns.

Here in Hammond, you’ve got the 1st best chance statistically to be robbed on any given day. If you’re within Hammond’s city limits for a year’s time, there’s a 1 in 9.0 chance you’ll encounter a criminal who wants to take something from you.

Hammond is right off of I-20. Crime here has ticked downwards over the last few years, but you’re in no way safe here.

Bastrop, LA

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 10,458
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,510 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,428 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Bastrop:  Data | Photos

Bastrop is another city in the Louisiana panhandle that you’re simply not safe in.

If you’re within Bastrop city limits, you have a 1 in 66 chance of having your life threatened every year. Additionally, you have a 1 in 10.6 chance of being robbed or having something you own vandalized. Scary stuff.

Or, put another way, in the safest city on our list, Addis, residents had a 1 in 693 chance of being robbed. That’s the way it should be.

Opelousas, LA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 16,504
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,811 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,446 (5th most dangerous)
More on Opelousas:  Data | Photos

Opelousas is the 3rd oldest city in Louisiana, and one that was known as a haven for gambling and prostitution. It seems as if the people there are having a hard time moving away from those sorts of criminal activities, as every year, you have a 1 in 55 chance of being the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed when you’re within the city limits.

Legendary adventurer Jim Bowie grew up here. They need some more of his spunk around here to put the criminals in their place.

Opelousas is just north of Lafayette off of I-49. It’s beginning to sound like it’s pretty scary to travel north-south on this stretch of road. It’s no wonder the population here has plummeted 23% in the last 10 years.

Monroe, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 49,354
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,224 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,232 (6th most dangerous)
More on Monroe:  Data | Photos

Monroe, in the eastern part of the state, is the largest city to make the top of this list, meaning it has the most criminals per capita prowling the streets of Louisiana. Outright poverty might play into this ranking, as nearly a third of the residents here live below the poverty line.

Or, perhaps it’s due to its location, since it is a major stop heading east-west on I-20.

You’ve got a 1 in 12.1 chance of being robbed here every year. Additionally, Monroe saw 13 murders in 2017.

Alexandria, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,860
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,441 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,769 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Alexandria:  Data | Photos

If you live in Alexandria, you already know know to avoid the city’s northeast side. But did you know you have a 1 in 69 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats. And it’s getting worse there by the year.

Plus, 1 in 11.4 people has their lives screwed up due to a property crime of some sort. Odds are if you’ve lived in Alexandria for a long time, you’ve been robbed at least one time in your life.

Alexandria is smack dab in the middle of Louisiana off of I-49.

Ponchatoula, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,317
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,134 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,555 (4th most dangerous)
More on Ponchatoula:  Data | Photos

Folks who live in little Ponchatoula have the 88 highest chance of being the victim of a rape or attack. The city, located in Louisiana, has seen a moderate population decline in recent years, perhaps due to the crime happening within its city limits.

In 2017, 1 out of 10.3 Ponchatoula residents were the victim of a crime.

Pineville, LA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,473
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,022 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,234 (9th most dangerous)
More on Pineville:  Data | Photos

Coming in 7th is Pineville, a city of over 14,473.

With residents facing a 1 in 97 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Pineville ranked 13th for that criteria.

Property crime now ranks 9th in Louisiana.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,489
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,184 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,722 (13th most dangerous)
More on Marksville:  Data

The 8th place ranking for most dangerous in Louisiana goes to Marksville .

Residents have a 1 in 84 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like Louisiana, that’s just unacceptable.

Additionally, if you live in Marksville, you have a 1 in 14.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.

There were 0 murders in Marksville in 2017.

Natchitoches, LA

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 18,284
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,186 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,464 (14th most dangerous)
More on Natchitoches:  Data | Photos

It’s still pretty violent here, but you have to be more concerned about being robbed when you’re in Natchitoches. Within city limits, you have a 1 in 15.5 chance of being robbed. That’s a lot of car break-ins and home invasion robberies.

Like some of the cities mentioned elsewhere on the list, there’s no doubt that the poverty level here is playing a part in the sheer number of crimes that are going on here. When people are desperate, they’ll do whatever it takes to survive.

Natchitoches is south of Shreveport on I-49.

Crowley, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,026
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,635 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,189 (21st most dangerous)
More on Crowley:  Data | Photos

Crowley isn’t in the top for either category of crime, but a cumulatively bad score lands it in 10th place.

On the bright side, violent crime was reformed in a serious way between 2016, with the instances dropping to 213.

That amounts to a 1 in 61 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Locking It All Up In Louisiana

The latest FBI crime data shows that Hammond ranks as the most dangerous city in Louisiana for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Hammond and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Louisiana:

  1. Youngsville (Pop. 13,679)
  2. Minden (Pop. 12,497)
  3. Addis (Pop. 5,117)

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Louisiana

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Hammond 20,712 1,487 9,685
2 Bastrop 10,458 1,510 9,428
3 Opelousas 16,504 1,811 8,446
4 Monroe 49,354 2,224 8,232
5 Alexandria 47,860 1,441 8,769
6 Ponchatoula 7,317 1,134 8,555
7 Pineville 14,473 1,022 7,234
8 Marksville 5,489 1,184 6,722
9 Natchitoches 18,284 1,186 6,464
10 Crowley 13,026 1,635 5,189
11 Bogalusa 11,865 1,297 5,217
12 Gonzales 11,012 835 6,828
13 Baton Rouge 227,403 1,026 5,594
14 Leesville 6,226 947 5,830
15 West Monroe 12,891 651 8,075
16 Shreveport 193,937 953 5,575
17 Walker 6,447 806 5,708
18 New Orleans 397,447 1,121 4,243
19 Ville Platte 7,244 552 6,750
20 Lake Charles 77,647 821 4,538
21 Breaux Bridge 8,451 378 7,502
22 Morgan City 11,530 806 4,501
23 Bossier City 69,632 768 4,714
24 Franklin 7,108 675 4,895
25 Denham Springs 10,329 367 7,009
26 Zachary 17,072 691 4,469
27 Eunice 10,258 477 5,293
28 Lafayette 128,691 560 4,555
29 Rayne 8,167 783 3,171
30 Sulphur 20,247 469 4,138
31 Ruston 22,438 548 3,208
32 Thibodaux 14,617 417 3,954
33 Port Allen 5,085 629 2,300
34 Houma 34,083 360 3,652
35 Patterson 6,053 528 2,742
36 Plaquemine 6,727 445 2,943
37 Slidell 28,163 344 3,533
38 Baker 13,584 375 2,694
39 Kenner 67,149 287 3,133
40 Jennings 10,074 208 3,811
41 Gretna 17,923 217 3,130
42 Springhill 5,012 119 3,551
43 Carencro 8,944 223 2,359
44 Covington 10,571 274 2,279
45 Broussard 12,125 222 2,235
46 Westwego 8,532 257 1,957
47 St. Gabriel 7,298 287 1,109
48 De Ridder 11,116 179 1,988
49 Scott 8,780 68 2,289
50 Harahan 9,373 181 1,525
51 Mandeville 12,503 111 1,991
52 Tallulah 6,970 186 272
53 Youngsville 13,679 116 1,235
54 Minden 12,497 64 1,704
55 Addis 5,117 175 0

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7 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Louisiana For 2019

  1. This list is bogus by having Denham Springs listed to start with. Tommy Peters is correct about I-20, it’s in the northern part of the state, from Shreveport to Vicksburg, MS. Not enough research done for this.

  2. I am appalled at the fact that this report list Amite as the number one dangerous city. Obviously you have your facts wrong. I am sure that I people who lived there are offended that this report has put a negative spend on the city in which they live and love. As a native of that town I am offended because my family and friends still live there and I love going back for vacation.
    Yes the city need some economic recovery,but Amite does not deserve this negative publicity.
    I respectfully ask the editor and publisher of this article to retract this story and stop the publishing of this shred information.

  3. I don’t know about these other cities but I completely agree about Alexandria and I really thought it would have been higher on the list. My city has gotten so bad. Within the past months we have had so many people get shot and killed and females found dead.

  4. Alexandria and the other cities, especially Nactitoches are mostly black, reckon that has anything to do with it?

  5. To blame race for the crime rate and not poverty is so bigoted. As an upwardly mobile professional African American who lives in Louisiana, it saddens me that we are all lumped into the same pot. Some of these comments sicken me. Last I checked, criminals come in a myriad of colors.

    1. Bologna……Its true and you know it…..blacks commit 4-1 more crimes than any other race…truth is truth…Get real buddy

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