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Aug 7, 2014 7:19 PM by Ashlea Bullington

Safest Cities in Acadiana

Three Acadiana cities are ranked in the top ten safest places to live in Louisiana. Jennings, Scott, and Breaux Bridge are all on Movoto Real Estate Blog's Safest Cities in Louisiana.

Based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report numbers in the following areas: murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and vehicle theft

The crimes were then divided into the following categories: murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes

Each category was weighed so that murders, violent crimes and property crimes accounted for 30% of the overall score, where total crimes made up 10%, since different crimes have different outcomes and dangers.

Once all the numbers were categorized, Movoto found crime rates per 100,000 people for each place, in order to fairly compare all cities. Each place was ranked in each category from one to 39, with scores closer to one being safest.

The numbers were averaged and rankings adjusted into one overall score, and the lowest total became the safest place.

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

Some might be surprised that Jennings is ranked as number one, but the editor of Movoto says, "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."

From the Movoto Blog on each of the safest places:

1. Jennings
Safest Places in Louisiana

Source: Flickr user Peter Vidrine
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.

2. Scott
Safest Places in Louisiana

Source: City of Scott
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.

9. Breaux Bridge
Safest Places in Louisiana

Source: Flickr user Carol H
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.



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