If you’re looking for a place to party, perhaps you’ve already got the French Quarter on the top of your list to go to. However, if a new place to call home is what you’re after, it’s likely that NOLA is not even on your radar. We’re here to tell you that there’s more to this beautiful Louisiana city than just Mardi Gras. New Orleans is a fascinating place full of good food, good music, good vibes, and just all around good people. You may not rightly find it on Bourbon Street, but there are plenty of safe places in the city that can rightfully vie as your next home. Here are the 10 safest places to live in New Orleans.
Touro is a rental community, and it attracts a mix of young professionals and retirees alike. Because it caters more to the younger members of the population, you’ll find plenty of good nightlife and diversity here. While there are housing options here, they aren’t as affordable compared to renting. It’s also likely due to the rate of property crimes here, which is higher than the national average. Even with that, Touro remains to be one of the safest in all of New Orleans. It’s certainly well worth a try if you are looking for something temporary to rent.
With only a population of 1,589, Lakewood offers New Orleans residents with peace and quiet within the city limits. It’s a home-type neighborhood that offers a sparse urban feel, and it’s far from being remote. In fact, Lakewood has its own share of bars and restaurants—enough to remind you that you’re still in NOLA. When it comes to safety, Lakewood is good for families; but its schools may not be the best in the area.
8. Algiers Point
Algiers Point is another New Orleans neighborhood that has fewer than 2,500 residents. Although the population may be small here, the area does have a denser feel. It’s a NOLA suburb that tends to attract a lot of young families and young professionals. Housing and cost of living here may be just higher than usual, but you’ll get the return on that with its safety ratings. This means that you’ll get to enjoy your parks without having to worry so much whether you’re safe or not.
7. East Carollton
Low crime rates and great amenities are some of the reasons why the population of East Carollton has steadily increased in the last few years. The schools here are great, but housing is incredibly pricey. With crime rates at 56% lower than the New Orleans average, East Carollton is looking more attractive than ever. You’d have to make sure you are willing to pay the price in mortgage, however.
At Lakeview, you get exactly what its name implies: a beautiful lake view. Situated right on Lake Pontchartrain, Lakeview offers more than just looks. You’ll also get A+ rated schools, urban amenities, good employment rates, and incredibly safe living—12% lower than the national average. But much like the trend we’re seeing on this list, you’d have to pay a little more in housing to live in the safe neighborhood of Lakeview.
5. Lake Shore-Lake Vista
This area is probably one of the more job-stable communities in all of New Orleans. For this reason, Lake Shore-Lake Vista offers a safe housing community for families and those looking for a little less populated area. What you’ll miss here, however, are the urban amenities. There are some, but not as much as you would have if you were closer to the city. It shouldn’t be an issue because everything is driving-range.
If you’re looking for nicer accommodations in NOLA, you’ll surely find them around Marlyville-Fontainebleau. Houses here can go up to over $1 million, but that kind of pricing is reflected in the surrounding community and amenities as well. You’ll also get to live in one of the safest areas in the city. Even though the population here is slightly higher at more or less 6,000 residents, Marlyville-Fontainebleau is a solid contender for anyone to call home.
3. Garden District
A quick stroll along the Garden District will make you want to move in already. To say it’s beautiful is an understatement. The streets in the Garden District are lined with some of the most gorgeous residences you could ever find in all of NOLA. And that stroll you are on would likely be safe, peaceful, and even relaxing. The Garden District is one of NOLA’s best locations for permanent residency. If you can’t find your dream home here, you might not find it anywhere.
Here’s another handsome neighborhood that looks and feels majestic and grand. Uptown is the total opposite of downtown. It is manicured. It is quiet. It is absolutely safe and ultimately desirable. Uptown is the community for all ages—whether you’re a family looking for peace and safety or a young professional looking for culture. Uptown’s got it all. It’s even got a zoo; what more can you really ask for?
They say that Audubon is New Orleans’ hidden gem, and they might be right. Many people flock to the city to party and have a good time; but there’s a different kind of energy right outside the city that might be even more attractive than Bourbon’s electric vibe. Audubon is the kind of place that makes you want to settle down. It makes you want to skip the nightlife and head straight for the front porch. Audubon is rich in positive and clean vibes. The safety here is palpable, and the calmness very much appealing. It’s definitely more than just a place that you visit; it’s one that you’ll likely call home.