Editor’s note: The Movoto Blog is aware of the issues involving local law enforcement officials in Jennings, LA prior to 2012 when the crime data used in this analysis was collected. Our crime rate analyses focus on the most recent year of available FBI data only and do not penalize municipalities for crimes or other issues that transpire before or after the period studied.
Louisiana is a marvelous place. Unique terrain, plenty of excitement, and a thriving mix of cultures you can’t find anywhere else on earth make this place a great destination for those looking to relocate. However, people on the move might be wondering where the safest places are for them and their families.
Lucky for those people, the Movoto Real Estate Blog is here. We can do more than help you find a house there—we’ve gathered the data, analyzed it, and made a list of the 10 absolute safest spots in the state. Those places were:
1. City of Jennings
2. City of Scott
3. City of Baker
4. City of Plaquemine
5. City of Mandeville
6. City of Harahan
7. City of Zachary
8. Morgan City
9. City of Breaux Bridge
10. City of Westwego
These small places were all big on safety, and offer great living environments for people looking to stay secure and happy. But how did we judge these places as safe or not?
Wonder no more, because we decided to play it safe ourselves and go by the numbers. We’ll even talk about how we did everything in the very next section.
How We Created This Ranking
There’s safety in numbers, and we sure got some decisive ones here. First, we compiled a list of the biggest places in the state over 7,000 people. Then we collected crime data from the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report in the following areas:
- Vehicle theft
We divided those crimes into the following categories:
- Violent crimes
- Property crimes
- Total crimes
If a location did not have any reported crime data, we omitted it from the list, leaving us with 39 places. So, if you see your hometown is missing, and there were many places that did not have reported data, that could be the reason.
Once we had all that, we found crime rates per 100,000 people for each place, in order to fairly compare big and small locations. Then, we ranked each place in each category from one to 39, with scores closer to one being safer.
Lastly, we weighted each category so that murders, violent crimes, and property crimes accounted for 30 percent of the overall score, where total crimes made up 10. After all, some crimes are considered worse, and more dangerous, than others.
We averaged these adjusted rankings into one overall Big Deal Score, and the lowest score became our safest place.
If you want to see all 39 places and their rankings, you can check out the chart at the bottom of this article. For now, we’ll go over the top 10 safest places, and look more closely at why they ranked where they did.
If you’re looking for a place to settle down, raise a family, retire, or just enjoy your life, you can safely do so in Jennings.
For starters, Jennings had no murders and no assaults reported in 2012, as well as no automobile thefts. Of course, there were a few other crimes reported, but there were very few indeed.
With one rape, nine robberies, 55 burglaries, and 250 thefts per 100,000 people, this is an amazingly safe little city.
If you still need more evidence, the chance of being the victim of a crime here is 1 in 317, and there’s next to no chance it would be a violent one. You can bet that Jennings locals are sleeping peacefully tonight.
Though not as big as first place Jennings, with only 8,776 residents, Scott still knows how to play it safe with that small-town vibe.
There were no murders reported in 2012, there was one rape and two robberies per 100,000 people, and there were also very few assaults. Is it any surprise that this place had the third lowest property crime and the seventh lowest violent crime on our list?
With the fourth lowest total crime, locals here have merely a 1 in 412 chance of being the victim of a crime, which is a great reason to call Scott home.
Scott was ranked the second cleanest city in the state by the Federation of Louisiana Garden Clubs recently, so this place has many selling points.
If you’re looking to get away from violence, Baker is definitely the place for you.
These fine folks wouldn’t hurt a fly, as evidenced by the third lowest violent crime ranking on our list. With one rape, six robberies, and four assaults per 100,000 people in 2012, the likelihood of you being the victim of a violent crime here is next to nothing.
And what about other sorts of crime? Baker ranked well there too, with the ninth lowest property crime and the ninth lowest total crime.
Wrap that all up with locals having only a 1 in 260 chance of being the victim of a crime, and you can breathe easy when you live in this little city.
Like Baker, the city of Plaquemine is a no-violence zone. Besides some great museums and unique architecture, this very small city of 7,122 people had the lowest violent crime on our entire list.
With no murders or assaults, and two rapes and five robberies per 100,000 people in 2012, this place is perfect for families, retirees, and, really, everyone.
The thefts here were a little higher than others in our top 10, and this place ranked 13th for property crime.
Still, besides that small downfall, locals to Plaquemine had only a one in 212 chance of being the victim of a crime. Compared to most bigger cities in the state, that’s an amazing number.
Mandeville, home to 11,777 very lucky residents, had the ninth lowest violent crime, the eighth lowest property crime, and eighth lowest total crime on our list.
This place also had no murders, and very few rapes, robberies, or vehicle thefts, to be more specific.
What does that mean for locals? Mandeville, many times named in Relocate America’s top 100 cities, offers a 1 in 272 chance of being the victim of a crime, and an even lower chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Didn’t we tell you these locals are lucky folks?
This city had some truly amazing stats. In 2012, this place had one rape, three robberies, and nine assaults per 100,000 people, making it the fifth least violent place on our list.
Where this place really shone was in property crime, where it had the lowest score. Given that it only had six vehicle thefts, 27 burglaries, and a mere 86 thefts per 100,000 people, that makes a lot of sense.
The reason that this place was not higher on the list was that it had one murder reported in 2012. Still, besides that blemish, this place was incredibly safe. So safe, that locals had only a 1 in 752 chance of being the victim of a crime, which was the lowest chance on our list.
Though it was the biggest city in our top 10, and at 15,092 people, this place still has a lot of small-town pride and love.
If you need more evidence than the no murders and no robberies per 100,000 people in 2012, you can just look to the four rapes and nine vehicle thefts per 100,000 people. Those stats add up to this place having the 11th lowest crime overall.
More than that, Zachary has a lot going for it. It’s been rated a top school district, a great town for families, and more.
Besides these accolades, the fact that locals have merely a 1 in 227 chance of being the victim of a crime is just icing on the cake.
8. Morgan City
Morgan city definitely knows how to keep its locals happy and secure. Seven rapes, 11 robbies, and 28 assaults per 100,000 might seem a little high compared to others in our top 10, but this is still a pretty darn safe city.
With The 10th lowest overall crime and only a 1 in 231 chance of being the victim of a crime, locals should breathe easy and know that they’re just fine.
On top of that, the property crime here was very low. A total of 66 burglaries and 10 assaults per 100,000 people were all that were reported in 2012.
If you need any more convincing that Morgan City is a great place to call home, just sample the local food—it’s to die for.
9. Breaux Bridge
Breaux Bridge, also called Le Pont-Breaux, had some pretty stunning safety numbers.
No rapes were reported here in 2012, and merely three vehicle thefts, one robbery, and 15 assaults per 100,000 people were reported. In fact, this place had the fourth lowest property crime and the sixth lowest violent crime that we looked at.
There was one murder here, which is why it didn’t rank higher on the list. Still, compared to bigger cities, where there were many that year, this place is a safe haven for all. In fact, if you lived there, you’d have only a 1 in 413 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Besides having a great name, this place plays it cool in the safety department.
This New Orleans suburb may be 10th on our list, but it’s hardly last in safety categories. Westwego had the second lowest property crime and the second lowest total crime, as well as the 10th lowest violent crime.
With merely six vehicle thefts and 43 burglaries per 100,000 in 2012, it’s really no surprise this spot garnered that ranking.
It did have one murder in 2012, but it also had few robberies and very few rapes that year, thus the low violent crime ranking.
All that culminated in locals having only a one in 490 chance of being the victim of a crime, which is definitely worthy of a top 10 ranking.
You’ll Fall In Love With Louisiana, All Over Again
If you weren’t totally enamored with Louisiana before, a trip to any one of these safe havens just might push you over the edge. Lovely communities, low crime, and small-city pride all ring clear in these spots, whether you’re a local or just a visitor.
Every place has its flaws, sure, but if you’re looking for a place you can feel secure, whether you’re alone or with a family, you’ll feel right at home in any of these small cities.