These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Louisiana For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in LA are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Louisiana.

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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 150 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:

These are the worst small towns in Louisiana for 2019:

  1. Clarks
  2. Simmesport
  3. Ringgold
  4. Newellton
  5. Banks Springs
  6. Jonesville (Photos)
  7. Jonesboro (Photos)
  8. Merryville
  9. Winnsboro (Photos)
  10. Zwolle

So what is the worst small town to call home in Louisiana for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Clarks is the worst small town to live in Louisiana.

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.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Louisiana or the worst places to live in Louisiana.

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

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 determined the worst small towns to live in Louisiana for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 150 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.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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Population: 1,001
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $46,600 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.7% (3rd worst)
More on Clarks:  Data

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Population: 1,908
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $55,100 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (38th worst)
More on Simmesport:  Data

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Population: 1,561
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $63,800 (26th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.9% (7th worst)
More on Ringgold:  Data

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Population: 1,318
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $60,000 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 28.8% (1st worst)
More on Newellton:  Data

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Population: 1,431
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $67,700 (31st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.3% (18th worst)
More on Banks Springs:  Data

Jonesville, LA

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Population: 1,906
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $63,900 (27th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.8% (16th worst)
More on Jonesville:  Data | Photos

Jonesboro, LA

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4
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Population: 4,586
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $57,900 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (42nd worst)
More on Jonesboro:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,259
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $63,300 (25th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (68th worst)
More on Merryville:  Data

Winnsboro, LA

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4
/10

Population: 4,730
Rank Last Year: 11 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $77,600 (46th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.0% (24th worst)
More on Winnsboro:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,977
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $57,000 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.1% (20th worst)
More on Zwolle:  Data

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:

  1. Milton (Pop. 2,460)
  2. Monticello (Pop. 4,721)
  3. Blanchard (Pop. 3,012)

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Louisiana

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Clarks 1,001 22.7% $46,600
2 Simmesport 1,908 12.2% $55,100
3 Ringgold 1,561 19.9% $63,800
4 Newellton 1,318 28.8% $60,000
5 Banks Springs 1,431 16.3% $67,700
6 Jonesville 1,906 16.8% $63,900
7 Jonesboro 4,586 11.9% $57,900
8 Merryville 1,259 8.9% $63,300
9 Winnsboro 4,730 15.0% $77,600
10 Zwolle 1,977 16.1% $57,000
11 Midway 1,523 15.9% $178,100
12 Bernice 1,652 9.2% $46,800
13 Empire 1,054 5.9% $59,500
14 Kentwood 2,122 12.2% $77,400
15 Haynesville 2,543 9.9% $69,900
16 Cottonport 1,901 10.5% $93,400
17 Cotton Valley 1,250 1.5% $51,200
18 Epps 1,015 14.2% $50,300
19 Brownsville 4,179 11.3% $49,700
20 Ferriday 3,368 15.9% $83,700
21 Mansura 1,817 12.5% $117,300
22 Mamou 3,193 22.4% $75,000
23 Minorca 1,897 5.6% $55,000
24 Coushatta 2,414 7.1% $71,600
25 Oil City 1,048 6.9% $88,800
26 Bayou L’ourse 1,549 17.3% $76,700
27 Melville 1,162 0.0% $59,100
28 Bawcomville 3,123 4.7% $54,000
29 Homer 2,974 7.1% $51,700
30 Arcadia 2,841 14.1% $85,500
31 Lake Providence 3,724 4.5% $46,300
32 Henderson 1,885 4.9% $75,400
33 Cullen 1,133 5.3% $54,600
34 Oak Grove 1,654 7.7% $89,400
35 Mansfield 4,885 17.3% $79,400
36 Vivian 3,636 12.8% $59,600
37 Poydras 2,695 26.5% $104,600
38 Glenmora 1,257 14.3% $79,400
39 Rayville 3,651 6.0% $68,500
40 Baldwin 2,233 17.2% $58,800
41 Logansport 1,566 10.5% $77,600
42 Bunkie 4,034 14.2% $66,500
43 Pine Prairie 1,202 9.5% $77,700
44 Duson 1,854 4.0% $72,800
45 Lake Arthur 2,738 16.2% $80,600
46 Oberlin 1,609 11.5% $78,200
47 New Sarpy 1,203 12.0% $108,500
48 Independence 1,646 15.7% $96,600
49 Farmerville 3,847 4.8% $72,700
50 Garyville 2,225 16.8% $121,200
51 White Castle 2,182 21.3% $89,800
52 Basile 1,739 0.8% $54,400
53 Elton 1,413 8.3% $64,600
54 Jackson 4,984 6.7% $71,700
55 Church Point 4,501 12.3% $75,900
56 Many 2,771 12.5% $97,600
57 Vinton 3,372 5.8% $85,100
58 Jena 3,391 9.5% $96,400
59 Sibley 1,421 9.3% $83,700
60 Delhi 2,910 6.5% $80,200
61 Franklinton 3,777 10.7% $114,600
62 Winnfield 4,557 6.7% $62,800
63 Leonville 1,042 7.8% $80,000
64 Chauvin 2,682 4.8% $85,300
65 Edgard 2,315 8.6% $99,900
66 Olla 1,570 3.2% $61,300
67 Vidalia 4,088 11.9% $84,900
68 Welsh 3,225 11.0% $109,600
69 Delcambre 2,022 12.7% $77,900
70 Dubach 1,091 7.3% $107,700
71 Belle Rose 1,837 18.1% $135,000
72 Boutte 2,695 9.9% $153,700
73 Boyce 1,538 10.9% $73,800
74 New Roads 4,668 10.9% $158,300
75 Kaplan 4,575 14.6% $90,200
76 Kinder 3,011 7.9% $78,800
77 Simsboro 1,094 5.5% $75,900
78 Port Barre 1,871 2.1% $77,800
79 Vienna Bend 1,324 7.9% $102,600
80 Colfax 2,151 5.7% $69,200
81 Golden Meadow 1,912 3.2% $90,800
82 Des Allemands 1,462 11.3% $115,300
83 North Vacherie 2,135 21.1% $150,000
84 Amite City 4,342 19.4% $152,800
85 Iowa 3,218 10.7% $112,400
86 Pearl River 2,543 8.6% $153,900
87 Benton 2,005 9.2% $107,400
88 Hackberry 1,298 5.1% $123,900
89 Clinton 1,383 12.6% $142,100
90 Charenton 1,789 1.7% $90,000
91 Jean Lafitte 1,839 6.0% $144,100
92 Erath 2,034 3.6% $82,000
93 Deville 1,766 1.7% $92,600
94 Berwick 4,741 1.9% $108,700
95 Dequincy 3,145 9.1% $81,000
96 Gueydan 1,436 2.5% $78,300
97 Reddell 1,060 10.0% $113,300
98 Lakeview 1,414 7.3% $107,200
99 Arnaudville 1,482 6.4% $85,500
100 Rosepine 2,235 9.1% $141,100

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