10 Most Dangerous Cities in Louisiana

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In addition to being one of the most fun and exciting places to visit and live in the United States, Louisiana has also been rated repeatedly as one of America's most dangerous places. Louisiana is the most dangerous state in the union, which should make you take another look at some of these places. In Louisiana, these ten cities had the highest rates of homicide, death, and injuries as determined by RoadSnacks: 

1. Opelousas

Inhabitants of Opelousas claim to be home to Tony Chachere's, Targil Seasonings, and Savoie's products. We named it Louisiana's most dangerous place to live as the number one spot. Until recently, this area did not rank highly on the most dangerous list, so hopefully, Opelousas will turn around its situation soon.

2. Alexandria

Alexandria, a city of around 48,000 people, is located on the Red River, almost exactly in the center of Louisiana. Alexandria is located in Alexandria's metropolitan area, which has more than 153,000 residents. Similarly, Louisiana's property crime rate is the highest in this area, making it number two on our list. As the nation's top crime-producing area, they have quadrupled the average crime rate!

3. Marksville

Despite its size, Marksville is one of Louisiana's most dangerous places for violent crime. Only 5,000 people live there! It may be because there's a casino in town that crime rates are higher than average.

4. Bastrop

A small rural community in Morehouse Parish, the city has around 11,000 residents. It has been hard on Bastrop since IPC's paper mill, and Pilgrim's Pride's poultry plant closed in 2008. Recent crime statistics show that this small town is headed in the right direction.

5. Monroe

Despite having only the 13th most property crimes in Louisiana, Monroe has the sixth-highest violent crime rate. Other problems include the lack of job opportunities, the lack of recreational activities for family members, and the limited options for outdoor recreation. A positive aspect of this location is its excellent schools, diverse community, and vibrant nightlife. 

6. Ponchatoula

Despite its danger, Ponchatoula appears to be a small town with little to do compared to the nearby big cities. When you're in Ponchatoula, make sure to check out the fantastic Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Keeping your wallet safe is all you need to do.

7. Natchitoches

In addition to some of the best meat pies in the state, this city of over 18,000 is the oldest permanent settlement within the borders of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. In addition, one-third of its residents live below the poverty line, so is it any surprise that it has the third-highest burglary rate in all of Louisiana?

8. West Monroe

West Monroe has the fourth-most property crimes in the state, as it has the fourth-most crimes of this type. West Monroe is still the ninth-most dangerous place to live in Louisiana, despite decreasing violent crime. In addition, there are few job openings in many sectors. Positives include vibrant nightlife, above-average public schools, and a lively nightlife scene. The town of West Monroe is home to 12,756 people, according to Niche.

9. New Orleans

New Orleans ranks 9th overall in terms of crime rates. Its violent crime rate is higher than its property crime rate, as the city has the 8th highest violent crime rate in the state. Moreover, the public schools are considered below average in this city. The cost of living is also high, which is a concern for many people. A busy nightlife and great dining make it a great place to live.

10. Gonzales

10,667 people are living in Gonzales, a suburb of Baton Rouge. In Gonzales, property crime is a massive problem because Gonzales ranks 10th in Louisiana for property crimes. Gonzales does have some positive attributes, despite its high crime rate, that you should consider before discounting it as a place to live. The community is diverse, there are several leisure activities to engage in, and public schools have excellent ratings.

What do you think about the list of Louisiana's most dangerous towns? How does the list appeal to you? Are you a resident of one of these towns? Comment below if you have any questions!

Sources:

https://www.roadsnacks.net

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/opelousas/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/alexandria/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/marksville/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/bastrop/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/monroe/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/ponchatoula/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/natchitoches/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/west-monroe/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/new-orleans/

https://www.homesnacks.com/la/gonzales/

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