Richest Cities in Louisiana (2024)

by Kristen Carney Kristen Carney

Updated: June 20, 2024

Richest City in Louisiana

The richest city in Louisiana is Des Allemands in Lafourche Parish and St. Charles Parish with an average household income of $168,016 as of 2022. While exceptionally affluent, Des Allemands only has a population of 2,340 as of 2023. The richest city in Louisiana with at least 5,000 people is Village St. George in East Baton Rouge Parish with an average household income of $139,187 as of 2022 and 8,919 people as of 2023 according to the most current Census data available (citation).

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20 Richest Cities in Louisiana

Rank City County Population Average Income Median Income
1 Des Allemands Lafourche; St. Charles 2,340 $168,016 $67,429
2 Mound Madison 12 $167,578 $131,563
3 Spokane Concordia 471 $147,701 $98,750
4 Lewisburg St. Tammany 442 $146,052 $127,926
5 Echo Rapides 292 $141,184 $148,393
6 Village St. George East Baton Rouge 8,919 $139,187 $96,971
7 Mandeville St. Tammany 12,999 $137,110 $84,886
8 Hester St. James 706 $134,978 $137,923
9 Inniswold East Baton Rouge 6,236 $133,927 $107,827
10 Oak Hills Place East Baton Rouge 8,813 $132,542 $91,523
11 Prairieville Ascension 34,215 $130,946 $111,927
12 Montz St. Charles 2,074 $126,880 $110,417
13 Bayou Gauche St. Charles 1,480 $126,447 $118,750
14 Watson Livingston 1,445 $126,310 $130,764
15 Shenandoah East Baton Rouge 18,561 $125,989 $103,130
16 Lafitte Jefferson 558 $124,352 $66,250
17 Prien Calcasieu 8,326 $121,812 $93,011
18 Madisonville St. Tammany 871 $120,394 $108,281
19 Destrehan St. Charles 12,057 $120,353 $103,073
20 Westminster East Baton Rouge 2,907 $118,663 $68,843

Median Income versus Average Income: Which Should You Use?

We usually suggest using median income data – either instead of or in addition to – average income data as a true indicator of wealth. If you haven’t thought about median versus average since your last standardized test, you aren’t alone. Here’s what they are:

  • average is the sum of a set of numbers divided by the count of numbers in the set
  • median is the middle number in the set of numbers
illustation of median vs average

Now let’s say you had the following simplified set of income data.

Household 1: $30,000
Household 2: $50,000
Household 3: $1,000,000

The average income for this set is $360,000. The outlier data point ($1,000,000) skews the average WAY up. Conversely, the average income would be skewed WAY down if someone had an income of $500. The median income for the same data set is $50,000. Outlier data doesn’t skew the median.

Most Business Owners Should Use Median Income

So most business owners should use the median income as a true indicator of wealth, because it provides a more accurate representation of a typical income, especially in areas with significant income disparity.

When Should You Use Average Income

If your target market is high-income households, the average income may be more relevant. This is because the average income can highlight the presence of a higher concentration of wealthy individuals, which is beneficial for luxury goods and services marketing. We’re using average income on this page because using the Census’s highest reported median value of $250,001 could result in multiple ties for the richest geography.

Why do so many cities have a median value of $250,001?

The Census' American Community Survey uses $250,000+ as a jam value for median income estimates to protect privacy, ensure data consistency, and simplify reporting. A "jam value" in survey data refers to a placeholder or default value used when actual data points are unavailable, incomplete, or exceed certain thresholds. We represent this jam value as $250,001 to make it easy for you to sort.

SOURCES

United States Census Bureau. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2023. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Web. May 2024. http://www.census.gov/.

United States Census Bureau. B01001 SEX BY AGE, 2022 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 7 December 2023. http://www.census.gov/.

United States Census Bureau. B19013 Median Household Income, 2022 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 7 December 2023. http://www.census.gov/.

United States Census Bureau. “DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS.” 2022 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 07 December 2023. http://www.census.gov/.

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