According to, Baker and Zachary are among the top 10 safest cities in Louisiana to live.

Both in East Baton Rouge Parish, Baker ranked first as the safest city, with Zachary ranking ninth.

Rounding out the second through eighth spots were Kenner, Mandeville, Jennings, Gonzales, Morgan City, Slidell and Thibodaux, with Bossier City ranking 10th.

Baker is home to about 13,800 residents.

Its crime rate is 185.4, and the chance of being affected by property crime is 3.2 percent, according to

Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said he did not remember the last time a city in the greater Baton Rouge area was No. 1.

Zachary, with its more than 15,000 residents, encompasses 23.9 square miles and was incorporated in 1889.

With a violent crime rate of 582.9, residents have a 1.8 percent chance of being affected by property crime, the site said.

“We are proud to have been named one of the safest cities in America,” said Zachary Mayor David Amrhein. “This type of recognition doesn’t happen by accident; we have an outstanding Police Department that proactively works with residents and businesses to ensure a vibrant, safe community for all.”

Zachary Police Chief David McDavid applauds his department for its take-charge community-oriented approach to law enforcement.

The list of safest Louisiana cities was compiled using FBI violent crime statistics and propriety research data.

Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents, with the state average being 515 for violent crime and 3,459 for property crime.

The rates were calculated by taking the number of crimes per population.