Worst Small Towns In Louisiana For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 153 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 2020:

  1. Roseland
  2. Simmesport
  3. Merryville
  4. Banks Springs
  5. Ringgold
  6. Newellton
  7. Jonesboro (Photos)
  8. Port Sulphur
  9. Zwolle
  10. Kentwood (Photos)

So what is the worst small town to call home in louisiana for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Roseland 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.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Louisiana For 2020

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3
/10

Population: 1,072
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $56,900 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.0% (3rd worst)
More on Roseland:  Data

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3
/10

Population: 1,727
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,200 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.5% (32nd worst)
More on Simmesport:  Data

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2
/10

Population: 1,342
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $49,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (48th worst)
More on Merryville:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,378
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $103,100 (88th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.6% (9th worst)
More on Banks Springs:  Data

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3
/10

Population: 1,601
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $63,300 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.9% (33rd worst)
More on Ringgold:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,386
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $65,700 (27th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 28.7% (1st worst)
More on Newellton:  Data

Jonesboro, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,560
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $61,200 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (55th worst)
More on Jonesboro:  Data | Photos

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3
/10

Population: 2,175
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 32)
Median Home Value: $51,600 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.3% (25th worst)
More on Port Sulphur:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,960
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $62,100 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.0% (14th worst)
More on Zwolle:  Data

Kentwood, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,288
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $79,300 (46th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.4% (15th worst)
More on Kentwood:  Data | Photos

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 2020

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 2014-2018 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 - 153 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.

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. Brusly (Pop. 2,739)
  2. Norco (Pop. 2,917)
  3. Blanchard (Pop. 3,042)

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Louisiana

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Roseland 1,072 23.0% $56,900
2 Simmesport 1,727 13.5% $53,200
3 Merryville 1,342 10.4% $49,200
4 Banks Springs 1,378 19.6% $103,100
5 Ringgold 1,601 12.9% $63,300
6 Newellton 1,386 28.7% $65,700
7 Jonesboro 4,560 9.3% $61,200
8 Port Sulphur 2,175 15.3% $51,600
9 Zwolle 1,960 17.0% $62,100
10 Kentwood 2,288 16.4% $79,300
11 Cotton Valley 1,039 2.2% $45,300
12 Jonesville 1,889 20.2% $63,500
13 Winnsboro 4,690 18.8% $76,600
14 Empire 1,060 6.7% $65,000
15 Coushatta 2,672 8.3% $73,400
16 Homer 2,942 8.3% $54,000
17 Mansura 1,759 9.6% $115,700
18 Amelia 1,647 9.2% $37,300
19 Mansfield 4,820 20.1% $80,700
20 Campti 1,072 26.9% $78,000
21 Mamou 3,197 19.9% $85,000
22 Oil City 1,113 11.2% $90,400
23 Arcadia 2,804 11.9% $74,400
24 Bernice 1,616 7.0% $54,200
25 Henderson 2,280 4.9% $70,300
26 Poydras 2,668 20.2% $99,000
27 Cullen 1,049 6.0% $48,900
28 Brownsville 3,857 7.2% $48,600
29 Midway 1,245 13.5% $175,500
30 Ferriday 3,326 9.1% $81,100
31 Minorca 1,703 8.1% $85,800
32 Lake Arthur 2,751 17.4% $72,300
33 Basile 1,713 6.9% $58,200
34 Haynesville 2,599 11.9% $71,000
35 Melville 1,172 0.0% $65,000
36 Vivian 3,599 12.8% $72,400
37 Bayou L'ourse 1,564 15.0% $89,800
38 Lake Providence 2,930 4.3% $54,100
39 Elton 1,370 11.4% $60,800
40 Edgard 2,053 10.2% $93,300
41 Cottonport 1,704 10.9% $101,000
42 Oberlin 1,660 8.4% $81,400
43 Oak Grove 1,740 6.9% $89,400
44 Baldwin 2,522 16.4% $62,600
45 Logansport 1,878 9.3% $76,900
46 Glenmora 1,300 9.1% $82,900
47 Many 2,757 14.7% $93,900
48 Pine Prairie 1,182 9.9% $83,600
49 Bawcomville 2,592 3.0% $53,400
50 Colfax 2,456 9.1% $70,200
51 Springhill 4,980 5.7% $63,200
52 Bunkie 4,001 15.6% $80,900
53 Farmerville 3,815 8.7% $80,800
54 Church Point 4,511 11.2% $77,700
55 Duson 1,780 3.3% $95,000
56 Independence 1,850 19.2% $119,600
57 Jackson 4,952 5.7% $75,900
58 White Castle 1,970 15.5% $95,800
59 Boutte 2,952 9.9% $138,300
60 Boyce 1,319 10.5% $61,200
61 Delhi 2,872 5.6% $89,800
62 Deville 1,159 3.2% $100,900
63 Rayville 3,612 1.2% $66,100
64 Gueydan 1,266 7.6% $76,100
65 Vinton 3,343 3.9% $90,400
66 Fordoche 1,046 7.4% $89,800
67 Chauvin 2,579 4.0% $89,000
68 Garyville 1,997 15.7% $120,500
69 Kaplan 4,549 16.2% $88,100
70 Jena 3,390 2.4% $97,900
71 Sibley 1,333 6.8% $84,400
72 Delcambre 2,267 12.1% $79,100
73 Vienna Bend 1,228 7.8% $109,800
74 Arnaudville 1,330 7.4% $77,500
75 New Roads 4,616 12.0% $149,100
76 Franklinton 3,774 6.0% $119,500
77 Welsh 3,234 9.4% $109,000
78 Avondale 4,989 6.6% $88,500
79 Cecilia 1,987 7.1% $80,800
80 Port Barre 1,774 2.2% $88,600
81 Golden Meadow 2,023 4.6% $86,400
82 Olla 1,701 2.6% $65,100
83 Winnfield 4,502 2.6% $81,100
84 Kinder 2,909 6.4% $87,500
85 North Vacherie 2,071 19.6% $151,100
86 Belle Rose 1,846 16.2% $159,400
87 Erath 2,047 7.1% $82,400
88 Iowa 3,229 8.7% $118,500
89 Dubach 1,083 4.6% $100,600
90 Clinton 1,815 10.5% $133,300
91 Pearl River 2,556 8.7% $175,300
92 Dequincy 3,125 6.9% $85,800
93 Amite City 4,393 18.8% $150,800
94 Livonia 1,393 7.1% $135,200
95 Iota 1,798 5.9% $124,400
96 Bayou Vista 4,567 10.6% $94,800
97 Jean Lafitte 1,971 6.2% $151,600
98 Charenton 1,688 1.6% $105,900
99 Hackberry 1,421 3.2% $119,600
100 Berwick 4,660 3.3% $138,500

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