These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Louisiana

We used data and science to determine which places in Louisiana are all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Louisiana have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Louisiana places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Prien, the happiest place in Louisiana.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Pelican State”:

  1. Prien
  2. Blanchard
  3. Shenandoah
  4. Youngsville
  5. Oak Hills Place
  6. Milton
  7. River Ridge
  8. Greenwood
  9. Red Chute
  10. Estelle
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Pelican State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 127 places in Louisiana with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 127 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Louisiana”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Louisiana ranked. Our apologies to Westminster which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Prien

Population: 8,142 People Who Own Their Home: 86.0%
Married Adults: 61.8%

2. Blanchard

Population: 2,911People Who Own Their Home: 71.6%
Married Adults: 61.0%

3. Shenandoah

Population: 19,266 People Who Own Their Home: 75.9%
Married Adults: 58.7%

4. Youngsville

Population: 9,358People Who Own Their Home: 83.1%
Married Adults: 59.6%

5. Oak Hills Place

Population: 8,568 People Who Own Their Home: 61.3%
Married Adults: 54.3%

6. Milton

Population: 3,030 People Who Own Their Home: 81.8%
Married Adults: 62.4%

7. River Ridge

Population: 13,835 People Who Own Their Home: 67.4%
Married Adults: 54.5%

8. Greenwood

Greenwood - Happiest Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,239People Who Own Their Home: 72.9%
Married Adults: 54.9%

9. Red Chute

Population: 6,643 People Who Own Their Home: 84.3%
Married Adults: 55.0%

10. Estelle

Population: 15,236 People Who Own Their Home: 77.2%
Married Adults: 52.2%

Now It’s Time To Sing A Song All Day Long

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Louisiana

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Prien 1 8,142 86.0% 61.8%
Blanchard 2 2,911 71.6% 61.0%
Shenandoah 3 19,266 75.9% 58.7%
Youngsville 4 9,358 83.1% 59.6%
Oak Hills Place 5 8,568 61.3% 54.3%
Milton 6 3,030 81.8% 62.4%
River Ridge 7 13,835 67.4% 54.5%
Greenwood 8 3,239 72.9% 54.9%
Red Chute 9 6,643 84.3% 55.0%
Estelle 10 15,236 77.2% 52.2%
Westminster 11 3,187 59.6% 58.1%
Prairieville 12 28,465 83.6% 61.0%
Harahan 13 9,324 69.7% 45.4%
Broussard 14 9,041 67.0% 49.7%
Monticello 15 5,431 92.8% 43.8%
Eastwood 16 4,387 76.8% 61.8%
Moss Bluff 17 12,443 77.9% 57.5%
Eden Isle 18 7,302 69.6% 62.8%
Old Jefferson 19 7,182 71.3% 57.4%
Inniswold 20 6,633 54.6% 51.4%
Belle Chasse 21 13,171 51.3% 59.2%
Norco 22 3,044 75.7% 55.5%
Central 23 27,505 81.2% 59.1%
Claiborne 24 11,575 62.0% 53.0%
Zachary 25 15,579 71.7% 51.9%
Scott 26 8,775 72.4% 49.0%
Luling 27 12,375 77.9% 51.8%
Destrehan 28 11,250 74.9% 50.7%
Fort Polk South 29 9,635 0.6% 61.5%
Lockport 30 2,561 60.7% 44.0%
Bayou Cane 31 20,627 55.4% 51.1%
Meraux 32 6,627 75.2% 46.5%
Plaquemine 33 7,055 60.7% 35.9%
Bossier City 34 64,895 50.1% 44.8%
Sulphur 35 20,275 63.0% 49.9%
Berwick 36 4,857 69.2% 53.7%
Metairie 37 140,074 56.3% 45.6%
Brownfields 38 5,562 70.6% 47.6%
Oberlin 39 2,069 53.4% 35.8%
Cut Off 40 5,498 70.8% 62.4%
Chackbay 41 5,299 85.6% 56.3%
Timberlane 42 10,891 63.7% 42.2%
Raceland 43 9,976 76.4% 46.0%
Bayou Blue 44 12,659 72.8% 51.2%
Larose 45 7,030 73.4% 53.6%
Mandeville 46 12,102 56.6% 48.6%
Laplace 47 28,736 67.7% 47.4%
Westlake 48 4,585 64.3% 47.7%
Houma 49 33,807 57.7% 43.2%
Ponchatoula 50 6,751 50.4% 41.5%
Schriever 51 7,564 72.2% 42.4%
Sunset 52 2,904 55.9% 45.4%
Merrydale 53 9,601 66.8% 35.8%
Covington 54 9,151 54.6% 40.8%
Violet 55 6,102 67.5% 47.0%
Slidell 56 27,372 62.4% 48.9%
Galliano 57 7,830 67.8% 48.5%
Woodmere 58 12,124 72.6% 41.8%
Thibodaux 59 14,570 50.8% 36.2%
Reserve 60 9,976 68.6% 41.2%
Lafayette 61 123,528 50.4% 38.5%
Patterson 62 6,100 55.8% 43.7%
Breaux Bridge 63 8,232 59.9% 42.9%
Morgan City 64 12,153 50.9% 43.3%
Marrero 65 33,263 57.8% 36.9%
Port Allen 66 5,150 57.0% 34.6%
Carencro 67 8,084 59.5% 41.5%
DeRidder 68 10,846 49.7% 44.5%
Pineville 69 14,486 43.4% 37.6%
Lacombe 70 7,726 69.0% 52.6%
Kenner 71 66,926 51.2% 45.8%
Harvey 72 21,247 50.2% 38.3%
Oakdale 73 7,741 50.7% 35.4%
Waggaman 74 9,857 63.2% 37.7%
Chalmette 75 19,375 49.2% 42.3%
Amelia 76 2,290 60.5% 42.5%
Pearl River 77 2,912 64.4% 47.3%
Gonzales 78 10,137 60.5% 45.8%
New Iberia 79 30,750 51.8% 39.5%
Leesville 80 6,656 36.9% 40.4%
Shreveport 81 200,692 49.1% 34.8%
Jefferson 82 11,068 48.6% 34.0%
Donaldsonville 83 7,507 53.8% 33.1%
Lake Charles 84 73,503 46.9% 36.8%
Baker 85 13,838 58.5% 35.1%
Vidalia 86 4,238 53.3% 48.5%
Delhi 87 2,972 44.1% 50.2%
Walker 88 6,176 67.5% 44.2%
West Monroe 89 13,073 37.5% 39.2%
Westwego 90 8,531 48.3% 36.2%
Alexandria 91 47,983 45.3% 34.0%
Avondale 92 5,262 67.1% 37.5%
Eunice 93 10,325 46.8% 34.7%
Vinton 94 3,391 48.2% 39.4%
Baton Rouge 95 229,353 43.8% 30.6%
Rayne 96 7,984 51.3% 36.3%
Jennings 97 10,265 53.8% 39.1%
Jackson 98 3,819 52.6% 21.1%
Marksville 99 5,635 38.8% 35.0%
Denham Springs 100 10,148 54.8% 44.5%
Minden 101 12,988 50.8% 35.0%
Terrytown 102 23,900 45.3% 41.1%
Springhill 103 5,239 48.5% 41.8%
Gretna 104 17,801 42.8% 36.7%
Abbeville 105 12,341 44.3% 38.9%
Franklin 106 7,483 50.2% 36.3%
Mansfield 107 5,012 49.7% 29.4%
Ruston 108 22,149 32.7% 26.9%
Brownsville 109 4,356 44.7% 39.8%
Jonesboro 110 4,680 44.0% 28.4%
Gardere 111 10,594 26.0% 29.7%
Opelousas 112 16,668 40.6% 30.1%
Crowley 113 13,219 43.6% 36.3%
Kentwood 114 2,181 55.4% 21.3%
Bogalusa 115 12,071 47.4% 38.3%
Jeanerette 116 5,547 59.8% 36.4%
New Orleans 117 368,471 36.8% 30.3%
Monroe 118 49,455 39.6% 29.4%
Natchitoches 119 18,460 37.7% 28.9%
Baldwin 120 2,087 72.1% 37.7%
Bridge City 121 7,163 48.9% 36.5%
Ville Platte 122 7,336 32.7% 32.8%
Tallulah 123 7,267 43.3% 27.3%
Hammond 124 20,207 37.3% 31.4%
Bastrop 125 11,075 43.1% 30.5%
Arcadia 126 2,939 46.7% 28.3%
Homer 127 3,129 43.5% 23.7%

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