Safest Cities in Alabama

In view of Louisiana’s rich multi-ethnic heritage and wonderfully unique culinary and musical traditions, it’s a shame that the state has some of the highest crimes in the United States. Southern states have more crime than northern ones, on average, and Louisiana’s recent history of natural disaster and oil spill-related devastation worsen the situation.

9.22 Average violent crime per 1,000
48.04 Average property crime per 1,000

Despite all this, Louisiana is still a great state, and like most other places, contains its share of mostly safe towns and cities. The safest is De Ridder, a small town in the western part of the state with a violent crime rate of 1.83 per 1K and property crime rate of 17.46.

Number two on the list is another smaller community, Minden, known for the distinction of being named Louisiana’s “Cleanest City” in 1959. Minden’s rates of 2.06 violent crimes and 19.89 property crimes per 1,000 inhabitants aren’t bad at all.

1.  DE RIDDER

10,939 Population
20 Violent Crimes
191 Property Crimes
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2. MINDEN

12,615 Population
26 Violent Crimes
251 Property Crimes

3. MANDEVILLE

12,423 Population
26 Violent Crimes
270 Property Crimes

4. BROUSSARD

11,998 Population
31 Violent Crimes
288 Property Crimes

5. RUSTON

22,416 Population
112 Violent Crimes
622 Property Crimes

Louisiana's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1De Ridder10,939201911.8317.46
2Minden12,615262512.0619.90
3Mandeville12,423262702.0921.73
4Broussard11,998312882.5824.00
5Ruston22,4161126225.0027.75
6Covington10,178373083.6430.26
7Jennings10,140293212.8631.66
8Kenner67,1641942,2352.8933.28
9Zachary16,753755334.4831.82
10Gretna17,908426792.3537.92
11Crowley13,1191074318.1632.85
12Houma34,4101671,4114.8541.01
13Slidell28,1071051,2243.7443.55
14Thibodaux14,588905936.1740.65
15Sulphur20,1421018925.0144.29
16Abbeville12,4711174749.3838.01
17Lake Charles76,8646543,1538.5141.02
18New Orleans397,2084,24915,57110.7039.20
19Lafayette128,9236416,4174.9749.77
20Baton Rouge228,3892,1439,9349.3843.50
21Bossier City69,3845853,2068.4346.21
22Eunice10,291655526.3253.64
23Morgan City11,731936017.9351.23
24Shreveport196,4671,86510,7219.4954.57
25Denham Springs10,107326523.1764.51
26Bogalusa11,88215766213.2155.71
27Pineville14,3791368989.4662.45
28Natchitoches18,3321881,29110.2670.42
29West Monroe12,942889896.8076.42
30Gonzales10,860538994.8882.78
31Opelousas16,5572501,32315.1079.91
32Alexandria47,9368834,09118.4285.34
33Hammond20,5762862,13113.90103.57
34Bastrop10,5951531,22014.44115.15
35Monroe49,6771,4934,64630.0593.52

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Louisiana, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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