(Good news for Abbeville residents. The National Website “HomeSnacks.net” ranked the top 10 Louisiana cities to live in, and Abbeville landed in its top 10 list. Below is the story that ran on its website, ranking the top 10 cities There are four Acadiana cities in the top 10. They are Jennings (No. 3), Abbeville (No. 7), Crowley (No. 8) and Broussard (No. 10). If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect. Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.)

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous? Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever. So, where are the best cities for families in Louisiana? We’ve got the answers here. These are the best cities to raise a family in the Pelican State:  1. Minden 2. Thibodaux 3. Jennings 4. Ruston 5. Houma 6. Zachary 7. Abbeville 8. Crowley 9. Mandeville 10. Broussard

If you’re thinking of making a move to Louisiana, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time. How do you determine which place is best for families in Louisiana anyways? To give you the places in Louisiana which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family friendly and what isn’t. So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information. How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Pelican State We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Louisiana, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score. The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Louisiana, that meant a total of 31 cities.

7. Abbeville
Population: 12,408
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Baton Rouge, Lafayette
Households with kids: 33.6%
Abbeville is a city in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States, 150 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. The population was 12,257 at the 2010 census.

Published February 13th in the Abbeville Meridional