Most Americans have never been to Louisiana. However, as the people who live there know, Louisiana is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Louisiana has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Pelican State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 159 of Louisiana’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Louisiana where you’d never want to live:
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Louisiana has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Louisiana, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 159 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
1. St. Maurice
Population: 371 Median Income: $15,000
Median Home Value: $17,800
Population: 137 Median Income: $17,500
Median Home Value: $45,000
Population: 490 Median Income: $16,576
Median Home Value: $46,300
Population: 245 Median Income: $21,875
Median Home Value: $34,200
Population: 926 Median Income: $23,080
Median Home Value: $41,900
Population: 790 Median Income: $17,768
Median Home Value: $33,500
Population: 417 Median Income: $20,521
Median Home Value: $73,300
Population: 590 Median Income: $24,042
Median Home Value: $58,300
Population: 433 Median Income: $27,750
Median Home Value: $52,500
Population: 291 Median Income: $31,131
Median Home Value: $53,500
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Louisiana
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Pelican State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Louisiana, according to science.
- Best: Watson
- 2nd Best: Oak Ridge
- 3rd Best: Hester
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