See Which Louisiana Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 11k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Louisiana is quite the interesting state, with a unique, multicultural and multilingual heritage. You’ve got cajun cooking, Mardis Gras, and swampy lands. The wildlife here is very diverse, as is the plant life. People love to come here for the food and rich culture, especially in the New Orleans area. Louisiana is the 4th largest volume shipping port in the world, and the largest supplier of crawfish. Louisiana has had its share of hardships, due to it being prone to flooding as well as tornados. The strong sense of heritage here though creates tight communities that can be quite safe to live in.

There are 6 cities here that made it onto the top 750 safest cities in the nation. The most notable cities in Louisiana, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette all made the list. Half of the safest cities within the state have a safety rating above 60.

Mandeville is the safest city in Louisiana on our list, with a safety rating of 81.46, and is located across the large lake from New Orleans. It has a population of 12,306 and has a remarkably low amount of crime, that has not grown or declined in recent years. The median income here is $70,043 for a family, which signals this city has one of the state's more affluent populations.

As for the big cities, New Orleans has a safety rating of 65.55, Baton Rouge is at 62.72, and Lafayette at 59.09. As you go more central into Louisiana, the safety rating drops like in Alexandria at 31.06. Further west towards the Texas border though, the safety rating increases again like at Lake Charles with a rating of 65.05.


1
Safety Score: 81.46

Mandeville, LA

12,306 250 15 -21.4% 282 10.1%

2
Safety Score: 79.43

Minden, LA

12,741 n/a 20 12.7% 307 11.2%

3
Safety Score: 75.43

Gretna, LA

17,871 143 53 25.8% 557 11.3%

4
Safety Score: 73.47

Zachary, LA

16,537 359 76 14% 516 3.3%

5
Safety Score: 72.42

Ruston, LA

22,386 n/a 98 n/a 724 n/a

6
Safety Score: 71.64

Crowley, LA

13,169 320 133 n/a 380 n/a

7
Safety Score: 67.1

Thibodaux, LA

14,612 220 84 6% 601 -2.1%

8
Safety Score: 65.55

New Orleans, LA

393,447 n/a 3,736 -2.5% 15,243 -8.5%

9
Safety Score: 65.05

Sulphur, LA

20,150 319 89 n/a 919 -17.2%

10
Safety Score: 65.05

Lake Charles, LA

75,564 n/a 559 n/a 3,057 n/a

11
Safety Score: 63.74

Bossier City, LA

68,918 n/a 514 16.2% 2,984 -8.8%

12
Safety Score: 62.72

Baton Rouge, LA

228,727 268 2,001 -5.3% 10,243 n/a

13
Safety Score: 61.52

Slidell, LA

27,746 266 100 20% 1,468 -0.6%

14
Safety Score: 59.09

Lafayette, LA

127,273 n/a 712 -14% 6,752 -2.4%

15
Safety Score: 59.03

Shreveport, LA

197,592 282 1,619 13.6% 10,148 11.7%

16
Safety Score: 58.95

Houma, LA

34,238 363 212 0.2% 1,818 30.4%

17
Safety Score: 56.79

Abbeville, LA

12,495 n/a 146 13.1% 620 15%

18
Safety Score: 53.46

Bogalusa, LA

11,859 236 158 50.3% 744 11.7%

19
Safety Score: 51.8

Pineville, LA

14,401 202 144 52.2% 886 0.6%

20
Safety Score: 48.52

Natchitoches, LA

18,350 295 248 31.2% 1,286 3.3%

21
Safety Score: 41.33

Opelousas, LA

16,580 n/a 196 -32% 1,253 5.9%

22
Safety Score: 39.74

West Monroe, LA

12,960 n/a 116 n/a 1,054 n/a

23
Safety Score: 31.06

Alexandria, LA

48,305 266 988 15.9% 4,046 8.3%

24
Safety Score: 28.22

Hammond, LA

20,449 192 208 -13.5% 2,077 -3.6%

25
Safety Score: 27.06

Monroe, LA

49,703 297 1,293 n/a 4,165 -18%


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