These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Louisiana


We used science and data to determine which places in Louisiana are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Louisiana?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Louisiana – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Louisiana cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Pelican State:

  1. Homer (Photos)
  2. Arcadia (Photos)
  3. Bastrop (Photos)
  4. Hammond (Photos)
  5. Tallulah (Photos)
  6. Ville Platte
  7. Bridge City (Photos)
  8. Baldwin
  9. Natchitoches (Photos)
  10. Monroe (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Prien is the happiest place in Louisiana.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Louisiana

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Louisiana, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Louisiana with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 127 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Louisiana’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Homer

Homer, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,129
People Who Own Their Home: 43.48%
Married Adults: 23.67%

2. Arcadia

Arcadia, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,939
People Who Own Their Home: 46.71%
Married Adults: 28.29%

3. Bastrop

Bastrop, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,075
People Who Own Their Home: 43.1%
Married Adults: 30.49%

4. Hammond

Hammond, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,207
People Who Own Their Home: 37.28%
Married Adults: 31.42%

5. Tallulah

Tallulah, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,267
People Who Own Their Home: 43.27%
Married Adults: 27.34%

6. Ville Platte


Population: 7,336
People Who Own Their Home: 32.71%
Married Adults: 32.85%

7. Bridge City

Bridge City, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,163
People Who Own Their Home: 48.93%
Married Adults: 36.53%

8. Baldwin


Population: 2,087
People Who Own Their Home: 72.09%
Married Adults: 37.68%

9. Natchitoches

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,460
People Who Own Their Home: 37.75%
Married Adults: 28.91%

10. Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,455
People Who Own Their Home: 39.58%
Married Adults: 29.4%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Louisiana

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Homer 1 43.48%
Arcadia 2 46.71%
Bastrop 3 43.1%
Hammond 4 37.28%
Tallulah 5 43.27%
Ville Platte 6 32.71%
Bridge City 7 48.93%
Baldwin 8 72.09%
Natchitoches 9 37.75%
Monroe 10 39.58%
New Orleans 11 36.84%
Jeanerette 12 59.8%
Bogalusa 13 47.38%
Kentwood 14 55.44%
Crowley 15 43.6%
Opelousas 16 40.55%
Gardere 17 25.96%
Jonesboro 18 43.99%
Brownsville 19 44.71%
Ruston 20 32.72%
Mansfield 21 49.67%
Franklin 22 50.23%
Abbeville 23 44.3%
Gretna 24 42.77%
Springhill 25 48.5%
Terrytown 26 45.31%
Minden 27 50.82%
Denham Springs 28 54.8%
Marksville 29 38.77%
Jackson 30 52.56%
Jennings 31 53.83%
Rayne 32 51.32%
Baton Rouge 33 43.84%
Vinton 34 48.17%
Eunice 35 46.75%
Avondale 36 67.12%
Alexandria 37 45.25%
Westwego 38 48.27%
West Monroe 39 37.46%
Walker 40 67.5%
Delhi 41 44.1%
Vidalia 42 53.32%
Baker 43 58.45%
Lake Charles 44 46.87%
Donaldsonville 45 53.76%
Jefferson 46 48.62%
Shreveport 47 49.14%
Leesville 48 36.94%
New Iberia 49 51.79%
Gonzales 50 60.54%
Pearl River 51 64.4%
Amelia 52 60.54%
Chalmette 53 49.2%
Waggaman 54 63.24%
Oakdale 55 50.75%
Harvey 56 50.24%
Kenner 57 51.24%
Lacombe 58 68.96%
Pineville 59 43.45%
Deridder 60 49.67%
Carencro 61 59.5%
Port Allen 62 57.04%
Marrero 63 57.79%
Morgan City 64 50.88%
Breaux Bridge 65 59.85%
Patterson 66 55.78%
Lafayette 67 50.45%
Reserve 68 68.59%
Thibodaux 69 50.79%
Woodmere 70 72.62%
Galliano 71 67.83%
Slidell 72 62.43%
Violet 73 67.48%
Covington 74 54.65%
Merrydale 75 66.84%
Sunset 76 55.89%
Schriever 77 72.18%
Ponchatoula 78 50.39%
Houma 79 57.65%
Westlake 80 64.3%
Laplace 81 67.66%
Mandeville 82 56.63%
Larose 83 73.42%
Bayou Blue 84 72.83%
Raceland 85 76.35%
Timberlane 86 63.69%
Chackbay 87 85.6%
Cut Off 88 70.77%
Oberlin 89 53.43%
Brownfields 90 70.59%
Metairie 91 56.3%
Berwick 92 69.16%
Sulphur 93 62.99%
Bossier City 94 50.13%
Plaquemine 95 60.65%
Meraux 96 75.17%
Bayou Cane 97 55.36%
Lockport 98 60.68%
Fort Polk South 99 0.62%
Destrehan 100 74.89%
Luling 101 77.94%
Scott 102 72.43%
Zachary 103 71.72%
Claiborne 104 62.04%
Central 105 81.18%
Norco 106 75.72%
Belle Chasse 107 51.32%
Inniswold 108 54.57%
Old Jefferson 109 71.33%
Eden Isle 110 69.59%
Moss Bluff 111 77.91%
Eastwood 112 76.85%
Monticello 113 92.8%
Broussard 114 67.02%
Harahan 115 69.75%
Prairieville 116 83.61%
Westminster 117 59.57%
Estelle 118 77.2%
Red Chute 119 84.25%
Greenwood 120 72.86%
River Ridge 121 67.44%
Milton 122 81.78%
Oak Hills Place 123 61.34%
Youngsville 124 83.08%
Shenandoah 125 75.95%
Blanchard 126 71.56%
Prien 127 85.95%

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