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.
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
Louisiana's Safest Cities
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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.