When deciding where to live, safety is a top priority, according to the team at ValuePenguin, that has determined the safest cities in Louisiana for 2015.
ValuePenguin based its findings on 2013 FBI crime statistics by cities that provide the most recent crime data available, a news release said.
The 51 cities on the list ranged in crime scores from 580 to 5,366 and from safest to least safest.
Zachary, with a population of 15,749, ranked ninth with a crime score of 1,131, while Baker with a 13,884 population ranked 10th with a score of 1,141.
But on the mid-sized cities list, the neighboring communities ranked third and fourth, respectively, with Mandeville ranking first, Minden second and Jennings fifth.
According to a news release, not every town participated in the report, and towns were excluded with fewer than 3,000 residents because small populations are more sensitive to crime score fluctuations for fewer crimes committed.
Madison Reed, of ValuePenguin, said data included property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson) and violent crimes (murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) from all law enforcement agencies that chose to participate in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.
The data was standardized to reflect violent and property crimes per 100,000 people to account for population. Crime scores were weighted by and listed violent crime at 90 percent and property crime at 10 percent.
To view the entire list, visit valuepenguin.com/2015/07/2015-safest-places-louisiana