These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Louisiana

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Louisiana. And here they are:

  1. Youngsville
  2. Zachary
  3. Harahan
  4. Central
  5. Mandeville
  6. Broussard
  7. Scott
  8. Plaquemine
  9. Bossier City
  10. Covington

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Louisiana

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Youngsville

Youngsville, Louisiana

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Population: 9,358Median Income: $96,415
Poverty Level: 4.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

2. Zachary

Zachary, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,579Median Income: $72,012
Poverty Level: 7.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

3. Harahan

Harahan, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,324Median Income: $62,582
Poverty Level: 8.9%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

4. Central

Central, Louisiana

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Population: 27,505Median Income: $66,778
Poverty Level: 7.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

5. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,102Median Income: $69,451
Poverty Level: 5.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

6. Broussard

Broussard, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,041Median Income: $60,750
Poverty Level: 13.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

7. Scott

Scott, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,775Median Income: $53,917
Poverty Level: 6.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

8. Plaquemine

Plaquemine, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,055Median Income: $46,002
Poverty Level: 16.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

9. Bossier City

Bossier City, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,895Median Income: $47,103
Poverty Level: 13.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%

10. Covington

Covington, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,151Median Income: $46,980
Poverty Level: 16.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Youngsville and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Louisiana

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Youngsville $96,415 4.2% 6.1%
2 Zachary $72,012 7.9% 4.6%
3 Harahan $62,582 8.9% 2.7%
4 Central $66,778 7.0% 5.0%
5 Mandeville $69,451 5.7% 6.9%
6 Broussard $60,750 13.5% 3.6%
7 Scott $53,917 6.3% 6.0%
8 Plaquemine $46,002 16.1% 4.4%
9 Bossier City $47,103 13.8% 6.4%
10 Covington $46,980 16.7% 5.0%
11 Kenner $49,771 12.6% 8.6%
12 Walker $63,331 11.9% 13.4%
13 Slidell $50,432 14.0% 9.5%
14 Lafayette $45,682 19.1% 6.4%
15 Houma $47,212 18.4% 7.4%
16 Patterson $48,902 18.4% 8.4%
17 Carencro $39,984 13.7% 8.3%
18 Ponchatoula $38,435 15.0% 7.3%
19 Sulphur $46,780 17.5% 8.5%
20 Thibodaux $39,534 17.8% 7.3%
21 Port Allen $34,071 19.3% 6.3%
22 Gonzales $51,923 21.1% 9.1%
23 Baker $41,060 17.3% 9.3%
24 Morgan City $42,132 19.0% 8.8%
25 Rayne $30,617 20.2% 6.2%
26 Oakdale $30,914 22.2% 5.8%
27 Leesville $39,459 16.3% 10.0%
28 DeRidder $42,356 22.6% 8.0%
29 Denham Springs $48,105 20.9% 10.8%
30 St. Gabriel $47,917 21.1% 10.1%
31 Shreveport $38,413 20.3% 8.3%
32 Pineville $39,375 20.6% 8.6%
33 West Monroe $32,849 24.7% 7.1%
34 Eunice $31,078 27.4% 7.1%
35 St. Martinville $29,673 24.0% 7.5%
36 New Iberia $40,117 21.3% 11.4%
37 Donaldsonville $33,963 22.3% 9.8%
38 Gretna $34,158 22.4% 9.8%
39 Baton Rouge $38,790 24.9% 10.0%
40 Lake Charles $35,830 21.2% 11.1%
41 Marksville $24,092 26.4% 7.2%
42 Richwood $18,854 36.2% 6.0%
43 Breaux Bridge $35,693 20.9% 13.1%
44 Westwego $35,464 19.3% 16.4%
45 Alexandria $35,263 24.3% 11.4%
46 New Orleans $36,964 25.2% 11.6%
47 Jennings $31,019 25.6% 11.1%
48 Minden $29,154 26.0% 13.4%
49 Abbeville $28,939 24.8% 14.7%
50 Jeanerette $33,565 27.7% 19.2%
51 Hammond $31,753 30.3% 15.6%
52 Monroe $28,565 30.6% 12.1%
53 Opelousas $21,373 36.3% 10.5%
54 Ruston $29,560 43.9% 13.3%
55 Franklin $29,075 28.0% 20.1%
56 Mansfield $27,869 30.8% 16.0%
57 Crowley $28,185 31.9% 16.7%
58 Natchitoches $26,848 37.8% 13.7%
59 Bastrop $22,721 35.4% 15.5%
60 Springhill $27,076 36.5% 18.2%
61 Tallulah $24,804 33.3% 22.0%
62 Ville Platte $18,712 39.1% 13.6%
63 Bogalusa $25,036 34.4% 23.5%
64 Grambling $23,828 44.4% 23.2%

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