Study Reveals Louisiana’s ‘Best’ Zip Codes – Is Yours One of Them?
Chances are if you live in Louisiana you have a pretty good idea of what your Zip Code is. Sure, you've got those five numbers committed to memory because you need them anytime you fill out an order online or have to pay for gas with a credit card.
Zip Codes play an important part in the "order of our lives". If you're not familiar the Zip Code or Zone Improvement Plan Code came to be in 1963. It was part of a plan to improve the speed of mail delivery.
The five digits in the Zip Code each have a purpose. The first number represents the general geographic area of the nation. The next two numbers represent a general geographic area of the country. The final two numbers identify specific post offices in the postal system.
Now you know about Zip Codes but there is another word we need to "define" before we continue to our Best Zip Codes in Louisiana. That word is "best". In this case, the creators of the study on Niche.com defined "best" by the following criteria. The rankings were created using location, quality of schools, low crime rate, housing availability, and value, plus job opportunities.
I think we'd all agree if where we lived scored high marks in all of those areas we'd be pretty happy with our circumstances. As we breakdown the "best" Zip Codes across the state we find that four of them are in the Lafayette area, there are seven in the Greater Baton Rouge area, there appear to be eleven in the Greater New Orleans area, and finally, there is one "best" Zip Code each in Lake Charles, Monroe, and Shreveport/Bossier City.
What is The Best Zip Code in All of Louisiana?
According to the study released by Niche.com that would be 70503, or one of the many Zip Codes that serve the city of Lafayette Louisiana. The Zip Code has almost 30,000 residents with 2,346 individuals per square mile. The median home value for 70503 was $210,000.
The Zip Code that came in at #2 was 70808 and that is located in mid-city Baton Rouge. The area has 32,504 residents with 2,692 individuals per square mile. The median home value in 70808 is $267,100. 70809, the neighbor to 70808 came in at #3 on the Niche.com list.
Rounding out the Top 10 Best Zip Codes in Louisiana we find 70734 which is along the river in Geismar, Louisiana at #4. At #5 we go back to another Lafayette Zip Code, 70508. That area is adjacent to 70503, the "best" Zip Code in the state. That Zip Code covers a large portion of south Lafayette.
For Zip Code #6, we go back to Baton Rouge and 70810. It's in the same part of town as the two other Baton Rouge Zips we've already mentioned. At #7 is 70471 and it's our first visit to the Greater New Orleans Metro. This Zip is actually on the Northshore and covers a large portion of the city of Mandeville.
We finally go north of I-10 for the #8 best Zip Code in Louisiana. That would be 71105 and that is a Zip Code that serves the city of Shreveport. The #9 Zip Code,70002, takes us back to New Orleans. This Zip is on the south shore where the causeway comes into NOLA. If you think Metairie, then you're thinking in the correct place.
Finally, the #10 best Zip Code in Louisiana is 70817. That's another Baton Rouge Zip Code. It's an area of town that's south of I-12 but east of I-10. That should give you a basic idea of the part of town we are talking about.
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