Best Places to Live in Louisiana in 2020-21

Mild winters, live music, sports teams and of course, the culinary scene are all components of the Pelican State’s culture. From Ark-La-Tex to the bayou, here are the best places to live in Louisiana. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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  1. Lafayette, LA
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    Lafayette, LA

    #1 in Best Places to Live in Louisiana

    Folks in the south Louisiana town of Lafayette work hard, but they live well, too, thanks to their access to outstanding... Read More
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    5.9
    Quality of Life
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    5.2
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    7.7
    Overall Score
    5.9
    Quality of Life
    5.2
    Value
    7.7
  2. Baton Rouge, LA
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    Baton Rouge, LA

    #2 in Best Places to Live in Louisiana

    Baton Rouge, the ever-expanding capital of Louisiana, increasingly absorbs the flavor of New Orleans without adopting... Read More
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    5.9
    Quality of Life
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    4.7
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    7.7
    Overall Score
    5.9
    Quality of Life
    4.7
    Value
    7.7
  3. New Orleans, LA
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    New Orleans, LA

    #3 in Best Places to Live in Louisiana

    New Orleans charms visitors and locals alike with its music, diverse cuisine and a stubborn refusal to abandon its... Read More
    Overall Score
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    5.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    4.9
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    5.3
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    4.9
    Value
    5.3
  4. Shreveport, LA
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    Shreveport, LA

    #4 in Best Places to Live in Louisiana

    The identity of Shreveport, Louisiana, unlike that of New Orleans, is not rooted in Cajun-Creole traditions, but in a... Read More
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    5.3
    Quality of Life
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    5.2
    Value
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    6.1
    Overall Score
    5.3
    Quality of Life
    5.2
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    6.1