These Are The 10 Worst Baton Rouge Suburbs


We used science and data to determine which Baton Rouge suburbs are the real pits.

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Baton Rouge conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.

But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Baton Rouge.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Baton Rouge ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Baton Rouge area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Baton Rouge proper, although Shenandoah certainly tries.

We examined the 22 biggest suburbs of Baton Rouge to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Louisiana, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Baton Rouge in terms of quality of life:

  1. St. Gabriel
  2. Baker
  3. Merrydale
  4. Denham Springs
  5. Port Allen
  6. Gonzales
  7. Gardere
  8. Plaquemine
  9. Central
  10. Brownfields

Read on to see how we determined the places around Baton Rouge that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.

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How we determined the worst Baton Rouge ‘burbs

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Low unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High number of high school drop outs

Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Baton Rouge for each of these criteria from worst to best.

The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Baton Rouge.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Baton Rouge to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 22 suburbs ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.

1. St. Gabriel

St. Gabriel, LA

Source: wikipedia

Population: 6,796
Median Income: $47,917
Median Home Value: $113,900

2. Baker

St. Gabriel, LA

Source: https://cityofbakerla.com

Population: 13,838
Median Income: $41,060
Median Home Value: $114,500

3. Merrydale

Merrydale, LA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,601
Median Income: $45,755
Median Home Value: $106,800

4. Denham Springs

Denham Springs, LA

Source:

Population: 10,148
Median Income: $48,105
Median Home Value: $149,600

5. Port Allen

Port Allen, LA

Source: wikipedia

Population: 5,150
Median Income: $34,071
Median Home Value: $105,000

6. Gonzales

St. Gabriel, LA

Source: wikipedia

Population: 10,137
Median Income: $51,923
Median Home Value: $147,700

7. Gardere

Gardere, LA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,594
Median Income: $43,162
Median Home Value: $138,700

8. Plaquemine

Plaquemine, LA

Source: wikipedia

Population: 7,055
Median Income: $46,002
Median Home Value: $108,500

9. Central

Central, LA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 27,505
Median Income: $66,778
Median Home Value: $176,000

10. Brownfields

Brownfields, LA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,562
Median Income: $53,324
Median Home Value: $136,500

The areas around Baton Rouge that you probably don’t want to live in

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Baton Rouge with St. Gabriel landing ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Baton Rouge aren’t all bad. Shenandoah takes the cake as the best place to live around Baton Rouge.

For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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Detailed List Of Worst Baton Rouge Suburbs

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
St. Gabriel 1 6,796 $47,917 $113,900
Baker 2 13,838 $41,060 $114,500
Merrydale 3 9,601 $45,755 $106,800
Denham Springs 4 10,148 $48,105 $149,600
Port Allen 5 5,150 $34,071 $105,000
Gonzales 6 10,137 $51,923 $147,700
Gardere 7 10,594 $43,162 $138,700
Plaquemine 8 7,055 $46,002 $108,500
Central 9 27,505 $66,778 $176,000
Brownfields 10 5,562 $53,324 $136,500
Walker 11 6,176 $63,331 $154,400
Addis 12 4,004 $58,241 $153,900
Zachary 13 15,579 $72,012 $195,600
Monticello 14 5,431 $59,135 $142,000
Prairieville 15 28,465 $93,768 $208,700
Westminster 16 3,187 $84,000 $225,500
Inniswold 17 6,633 $52,106 $252,500
Brusly 18 2,603 $72,431 $202,600
Old Jefferson 19 7,182 $70,542 $174,100
Village St. George 20 7,190 $67,872 $170,500
Oak Hills Place 21 8,568 $80,530 $260,700
Shenandoah 22 19,266 $91,949 $233,400

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