Retirement in Louisiana

Louisiana - at a Glance

 

Retirement Locations

Population Climate State Income Tax State Sales Tax Median Home Price
429,3204(US Census Bureau, 2007) Humid Subtropical Climate 2 % - 6 % 4 % $ 108,000

Pros: If you like to interact with new people from multiple backgrounds, and have an inclination towards learning about other cultures, then the state of Louisiana is a great choice to spend your retired life.

Cons: Apart from the hot and humid climate, Louisiana is also hit by hurricanes with some regularity.

 

Why should you Look for Retirement Homes in Louisiana?

If you want to retire in a warm and friendly location, you may find the retirement homes in Louisiana to be a good option. Located in southern United States, this state is named after King Louis XIV of France.

The French were the earliest to colonize Louisiana, along with the Spanish. Many French aristocrats left France and settled in this southern state in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Due to Louisiana's French legacy, counties are called "parishes" in the state. Also, the Louisiana courts follow the Napoleonic Code instead of the Common Law. This city literally has a "French connection." The French Market in New Orleans is one of the oldest open air markets in the US. The French Quarter, in New Orleans, is one of the most charming places in Louisiana.

So, if you are looking for retirement homes in a state where you will find sprawling plantation homes, where Mardi Gras is celebrated with an enthusiasm that is not found elsewhere in the US, and more importantly a state that is known as a "Sportsman's Paradise," then Louisiana is the right choice for you. From camping, fishing to jazz fests—Louisiana has something for everyone.

Things to do in Louisiana:

  • Experience the largest and most exciting Mardi Gras celebration in the US.
  • Visit New Orleans' French Quarter with its unique night life, jazz, and blues clubs.
  • Experience the beauty of the bayou on a sunset tour in Atchafalaya swamp.
  • Take a leisurely walk through the streets of the French Quarter and listen to the sounds of jazz.
  • Laze for hours while you wait for a big bass to take the bait at Toledo Bend Lake.
  • Enjoy the sight of the beautiful wild flowers growing along the Creole Nature Trail in Lake Charles.
  • Spend weekend evenings dancing to a live Cajun band in Lafayette.
  • Try your luck at the casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City.
  • Search for antiques in Natchitoches.

Cycling- A popular activity in Louisiana

Apart from the usual outdoor activities of hiking, canoeing and hunting, you can cycle the back roads to explore Louisiana. You'll get to experience great food, beautiful music, and friendly people on your cycling trips. Louisiana has a flat terrain with a network of paved rural roads with low traffic. This has made cycling a very popular and a safe activity, for youngsters and for seniors.

Golfing in Louisiana

For golf enthusiasts, Louisiana has showcase golf courses, including the Audubon Golf Trail named for naturalist/artist John James Audubon that has eleven exciting courses. There's also the Tamahka Trails Golf Course in Marksville. Those who love horses will surely want to visit Harrah's Louisiana Downs racetrack, where the racing season lasts from May to October every year. Here, you'll find Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas horses on show.

Festivals in Louisiana

Mardi Gras, in Louisiana, is one of the most popular festivals. Louisiana has over 400 festivals at different times of the year, and you'll have a lot of fun visiting two of the largest - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Delacambre Shrimp Festival. Many of the festivals are revolve around either music or food, which shows how much the people of Louisiana enjoy these two pastimes. Jazz originated in Louisiana. Besides jazz, you will also enjoy Zydeco and Cajun music, country music, and gospel music.

 

Louisiana's population is ethnically diverse, and the state offers culinary specialties of multiple ethnic groups. The official state cuisine of Louisiana is known as "gumbo." It has a unique recipe, involving French and Cajun seafood, German sausages, okra and rice.

So, if you are feeling excited about finding a retirement home in Louisiana the areas that you can concentrate on are Lafayette, Shreveport-Bossier City, and metropolitan areas like Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Mandeville, Lake Charles, Monroe, Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, and New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner.

Cost of Living at Louisiana:

 

The above graph shows the cost of living in Louisiana by category of expense as a percentage as compared to national averages, which are normalized to100%.

 

The overall cost of living in Louisiana falls below the national average in each major category. For instance, movie would cost you about $ 6.6 in Lafayette and $ 7.66 in Shreveport, while you'll have to pay $ 1.46 and $ 1.41 in the respective cities.