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Best Places to Live in Louisiana

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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Lafayette, LA

badge #1 in Best Places to Live in Louisiana

In 2014, Lafayette was named the happiest city in America by MarketWatch, a financial news website, which took the country by surpris… more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 5.4 Quality of Life
  • 8.1 Value

Baton Rouge, LA

badge #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 the bustle of a… more

  • 6.0 Overall Score
  • 4.5 Quality of Life
  • 8.0 Value

New Orleans, LA

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in Louisiana

In the midst of a post-Hurricane Katrina renaissance, New Orleans charms visitors and locals alike with its music, diverse cuisine an… more

  • 5.7 Overall Score
  • 4.8 Quality of Life
  • 5.4 Value

Shreveport, LA

badge #4 in Best Places to Live in Louisiana

The identity of Shreveport, Louisiana, unlike New Orleans, is not rooted in Cajun-Creole traditions, but in a blended Southern cultur… more

  • 5.4 Overall Score
  • 5.2 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value