These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Louisiana For 2018


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

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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 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:

  1. St. Maurice
  2. Bonita
  3. Clayton
  4. Delta
  5. Clarks
  6. Waterproof
  7. Gilbert
  8. Starks
  9. Dodson
  10. Lucky

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.

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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.

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1. St. Maurice


Population: 371
Median Income: $15,000
Median Home Value: $17,800

2. Bonita


Population: 137
Median Income: $17,500
Median Home Value: $45,000

3. Clayton


Population: 490
Median Income: $16,576
Median Home Value: $46,300

4. Delta


Population: 245
Median Income: $21,875
Median Home Value: $34,200

5. Clarks


Population: 926
Median Income: $23,080
Median Home Value: $41,900

6. Waterproof


Population: 790
Median Income: $17,768
Median Home Value: $33,500

7. Gilbert


Population: 417
Median Income: $20,521
Median Home Value: $73,300

8. Starks


Population: 590
Median Income: $24,042
Median Home Value: $58,300

9. Dodson


Population: 433
Median Income: $27,750
Median Home Value: $52,500

10. Lucky


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.

  1. Best: Watson
  2. 2nd Best: Oak Ridge
  3. 3rd Best: Hester

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Louisiana
  • These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Louisiana
  • These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Louisiana
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Louisiana

    City Rank Population Home Price
    St. Maurice 1 371 $17,800
    Bonita 2 137 $45,000
    Clayton 3 490 $46,300
    Delta 4 245 $34,200
    Clarks 5 926 $41,900
    Waterproof 6 790 $33,500
    Gilbert 7 417 $73,300
    Starks 8 590 $58,300
    Dodson 9 433 $52,500
    Lucky 10 291 $53,500
    Powhatan 11 192 $52,900
    Evergreen 12 281 $106,300
    Romeville 13 268 $105,000
    Chatham 14 601 $59,700
    St. Joseph 15 961 $39,700
    Chataignier 16 279 $64,500
    Varnado 17 437 $49,300
    Jame 18 210 $83,600
    Forest Hill 19 829 $78,600
    Campti 20 845 $73,800
    Choctaw 21 793 $29,600
    Boothville 22 902 $80,800
    Collinston 23 365 $55,000
    Napoleonville 24 710 $74,800
    Grayson 25 397 $63,300
    Clarence 26 341 $71,000
    Center Point 27 353 $99,000
    Frierson 28 298 $77,400
    Wisner 29 894 $60,200
    Wilson 30 559 $72,800
    Lisbon 31 159 $82,900
    Eros 32 198 $86,300
    Empire 33 926 $56,200
    Kilbourne 34 389 $49,800
    Calvin 35 239 $76,000
    Welcome 36 957 $82,000
    Sicily Island 37 468 $61,000
    Krotz Springs 38 990 $63,600
    Tangipahoa 39 794 $40,900
    Cheneyville 40 548 $76,500
    Oil City 41 990 $87,000
    Harrisonburg 42 323 $70,500
    Mangham 43 720 $73,000
    Tullos 44 495 $43,400
    Rodessa 45 217 $26,700
    Ashland 46 236 $56,200
    Ridgecrest 47 632 $57,800
    Provencal 48 572 $91,100
    Sikes 49 212 $78,000
    Union 50 700 $91,000
    Greensburg 51 780 $109,500
    Doyline 52 839 $73,500
    Pleasant Hill 53 642 $64,600
    Converse 54 372 $51,700
    Fenton 55 345 $57,800
    Siracusaville 56 975 $41,500
    Marion 57 985 $74,400
    Columbia 58 478 $65,000
    Gibsland 59 956 $66,100
    Saline 60 406 $50,900
    North Hodge 61 353 $63,800
    Spearsville 62 136 $59,200
    Mermentau 63 694 $75,300
    Natchez 64 472 $47,400
    Sun 65 312 $127,100
    Baskin 66 324 $67,900
    Palmetto 67 135 $58,600
    Cameron 68 224 $95,600
    Bienville 69 188 $47,000
    Castor 70 275 $87,500
    Leonville 71 880 $82,900
    Hall Summit 72 294 $79,000
    Elizabeth 73 502 $79,200
    Venice 74 214 $89,000
    Noble 75 269 $50,000
    Morse 76 938 $66,000
    Kraemer 77 861 $87,300
    Montpelier 78 302 $73,300
    Bordelonville 79 713 $53,500
    Dubach 80 963 $100,000
    Keachi 81 335 $75,000
    Longstreet 82 118 $125,000
    Junction City 83 379 $85,000
    Estherwood 84 956 $70,700
    Pleasure Bend 85 319 $98,800
    Tickfaw 86 715 $119,100
    Gillis 87 491 $76,200
    Lydia 88 706 $70,700
    Lecompte 89 904 $78,100
    Mooringsport 90 722 $73,100
    Turkey Creek 91 379 $88,500
    Washington 92 792 $95,000
    Sorrel 93 474 $63,300
    Fort Jesup 94 408 $87,800
    Montgomery 95 702 $72,500
    Belcher 96 308 $132,500
    Morganza 97 888 $87,600
    Goldonna 98 395 $72,100
    Dubberly 99 224 $143,100
    Lafitte 100 823 $191,700

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