Welcome to Louisiana, where our beautiful state has unique opportunities and locations perfect for retirees. Several areas within the state are classified as Certified Retirement Communities, each having a strategic plan on catering to retirees.
The eight communities that have been certified include: Lafayette; Lake Charles; Natchitoches; Ruston and Lincoln Parish; Toledo Bend and Sabine Parish; Shreveport-Bossier City; Houma and Terrebonne Parish; and Thibodaux. Criteria that was used in selecting the first eight communities included: climate; demographics; tax structure at the state and local levels; local housing availability; public safety and crime index; employment and volunteer opportunities; healthcare and medical services; public transportation; recreational areas; and festival and fairs, just to name a few. Read more about the initiative.