10 Best Places To Live In Louisiana, The USA - Updated 2024

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Karina
Karina 
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Louisiana is one of the best states to live in the United States, with affordable housing, great public and private schools, and safe cities. But what sets it apart and makes it one of the happiest states are its vibrant culture, lively communities, flavorful and diverse cuisines, and beautiful outdoors. Home to Mardi Gras, jazz music, and a bustling nightlife, Louisiana has a laid-back atmosphere, and people seem to embrace and enjoy its multicultural diversity. From the iconic New Orleans with its Creole cuisine, festivals and college football, to Elmwood, a suburb with an active nightlife and a great selection of restaurants, here’s our list of the best places to live in Louisiana, the USA.

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1. Baton Rouge (from USD 144)

Old Louisiana State Capitol, 2
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The capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, is definitely on the list of the best places to live in the state. Spreading along the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge is home to live music, a dynamic culinary scene, rich history, and emblematic architecture. The city boasts a variety of cultures, making it easy for anyone to feel at home immediately. Some of its most iconic attractions include the Old State Capitol, which currently hosts a museum in its Gothic-style building, Spanish Town, the city’s oldest neighborhood that’s sprinkled with eclectic architecture and quaint stores, and the Garden District, known for its lush vegetation and as the set for many movies.

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Holiday Inn Baton Rouge College Drive I-10, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 4848 Constitution Avenue
3.38 km (2.1 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Business centre

2. Metairie (from USD 247)

Metairie CBD
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Nestled on Lake Pontchartrain’s south shores, Metairie is a suburb of New Orleans and a place of high-end boutiques and upscale 1920s homes on the one hand, and retail shops, a plethora of restaurants and bars on the other. Metairie’s people especially love its nightlife and diversity, but it is also a great place for families, offering affordable housing and some top public schools. One of the main attractions in the area is Lake Pontchartrain itself, where local restaurants get their fresh seafood, a place for boating, fishing, and paddleboarding.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Metairie New Orleans

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 2730 Severn Ave.
108.05 km (67.2 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Business centre

3. Lafayette (from USD 169)

Lafayette LA November 2017 29
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The city of Lafayette is an excellent place to stay if you’re looking for a happy, relaxed destination, where you can always have a good time. Home to great food, good music, and vibrant culture, it’s for good reason that the city has been named “the happiest city in America.” People come here for the quality of life and stay for the dining and entertainment options and the general laid-back atmosphere.

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Homewood Suites Lafayette-Airport

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 201 Kaliste Saloom Road
85.77 km (53.3 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Business centre

4. New Orleans (from USD 135)

St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans)
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There’s no other feel-good destination like New Orleans. Home to jazz music, the iconic Mardi Gras festival, and Creole cuisine, the city is one for the bucket list. But what takes New Orleans from a vacation destination to a top place to live in Louisiana are its great universities, college football, and a sense of community. Some of the best neighborhoods to live in include Gentilly, great for suburban life, Garden District for its lush outdoors, and Faubourg Marigny for Indie music and eclectic restaurants.

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Maison Perrier Bed & Breakfast

Wifi Available

Address: 4117 Perrier Street
117.21 km (72.9 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

5. Prairieville (from USD 79)

Penn House
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Situated south of Baton Rouge, Prairieville is one of its suburbs and a great place to live and start a family. With excellent public schools and housing, a good job market, and an affordable living cost, Prairieville can easily pass as one of Louisiana’s best places to live. Although it has a somewhat rural feel to it, this small and quiet town offers a lot of activities, especially outdoors, including parks like Cedar Ridge Drive Park, Kendalwood Road Park, and Bayou Manchac, a swamp known for its alligators.

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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-Prairieville

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 17301 Airline Highway
21.21 km (13.2 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking Pets allowed 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Business centre Facilities for disabled guests Free parking Internet services

6. Youngsville (from USD 155)

Youngsville Church St 206
Source: Photo by Flickr user Richard Byrd used under CC BY 2.0

Although it almost doubled its population in the past decade, Youngsville remains a small city, part of Lafayette’s Metropolitan Area. Rated as one of the best places to live in Louisiana, the city is known for its diversity, nightlife, and public schools. It is considered a safe city and a good housing market, attracting many families with children and young professionals. The city boasts lots of parks and green outdoor spaces, restaurants, and a socially active community.

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Louisiana Cajun Mansion

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 4304 Decon Road
90.53 km (56.3 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking Bar Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing

7. Elmwood (from USD 197)

Elmwood Louisiana 25 September 2020 23
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Considered the best place to live in Jefferson Parish, Elmwood is a suburb of New Orleans, only a 20-minute drive away from big city life. Its residents are mostly families with children and young people. The city boasts a vibrant nightlife, with lots of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. It is also a place with good housing and public schools.

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Residence Inn by Marriott New Orleans Elmwood

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 1080 Elmwood Park Boulevard
107.67 km (67.0 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry

8. Bossier City (from USD 126)

First Baptist Church, Bossier City IMG 1359
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Bossier City has a rich and diverse history, as it was a railroad, airbase, and oil town. Today, however, Bossier City’s staple is its casinos. The city also has lots of new shopping spots and many restaurants, lovely nature and outdoor attractions. Louisiana Boardwalk is where travelers and residents gather for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Other notable attractions in and around town include its aquarium which has brightly colored coral reefs, sharks, and jellyfish, the Barksdale Global Power Museum, and Cypress Park.

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Comfort Suites Bossier City

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 7950 East Texas Street
331.43 km (206.0 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry

9. Covington (from USD 184)

Covington Louisiana 17 June 2017 St Johns Coffeehouse Corner
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On the other side of Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, Covington is only a 50-minute drive away from the home of Mardi Gras and jazz music. Covington is another great place to live in Louisiana for families and young professionals, in particular. Public schools in this suburb are above the region’s average, and the nightlife and house market are both excellent. Although small, the town boasts great restaurants and shops. Some of the locals’ favorites include Abita Brewing Company, where you can try a selection of lagers and ales, Café Du Monde for freshly roasted coffee, and Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, a fun learning place for all ages.

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Residence Inn by Marriott Covington Northshore

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 101 Park Place Boulevard
103.51 km (64.4 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Business centre

10. Mandeville (from USD 104)

Mandeville PMA stairs
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Situated on Lake Pontchartrain’s northern shores, Mandeville is a city with beautiful beaches and many green spaces. Staying in Mandeville means having the great outdoors and its spectacular sites are just a step away, no matter where you live in the city. From the splash pad at Mandeville Trailhead, a kids’ favorite, to Fountainbleau State Park’s lakefront trails and beaches, the city is an outdoor lover’s paradise.

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Comfort Suites Mandeville - Covington

Wifi Available

Address: 68073 Highway 59
108.04 km (67.2 mi) from City-Brooks Community Park

Parking 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms

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Louisiana, home to jazz music, Mardi Gras, and Creole cuisine

There aren’t many states that can be proud of counting so many cities where people are so happy and relaxed. It might be the laid-back atmosphere, the great music, or flavorful cuisine, or maybe the Mardi Gras festival, or maybe a little bit of everything. One thing’s for sure - there are plenty of great places in Louisiana that people are happy to call home. Check out our above list of the best places to live in Louisiana, the USA.

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