Louisiana Senior Living Communities

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If you listen to folks talk in some parts of Louisiana you’d think they were from Brooklyn. That’s a Cajun accent, and you’ll get used to it if you retire here. Like many aspects of the Bayou State, things are just different. To help you figure where to retire in the state, Senior Living has a comprehensive database of assisted living options. You’ll find web links, unbiased reviews from residents, and a number of useful senior-related articles. To start, we’ve gathered some state facts you may find interesting.

Louisiana Senior LivingLouisianans pay a relatively low state and local tax burden of 8.4%. Their overall cost of living is 4% lower than the national average. Though it has its share of economic woes—low median household income ($42,492), high percentage below the poverty line—the state has managed to increase average home prices 18% from 2006 to 2009, according to a recent study. If you’re 65 and older you can exclude $6000 of retirement money from your federal taxes; retired federal benefits can be excluded from the state’s taxable amount; VA benefits and military retirement are not taxed. Property taxes are only assessed on 10% of the market value, and there is a homestead exemption for those 65 and older.

According to the National Institute of Corrections, the crime rate is 18% higher than the national rate. Let’s look at how this shakes out for the state’s three largest cities. New Orleans—long known for its debauchery and less than ethical police force—has a rate 60% higher than the national average; College town Baton Rouge is 117% higher; Shreveport is 65% higher.

This is the Deep South. Summers are long and very humid. Winters are short and mild. And of course there is the possibility of hurricanes from June through November.

Living in Louisiana sometimes feels like living in another country. Counties are parishes. The law has influences from the Napoleonic Code. The food has French names like etouffée, beignet, and andouille. New Orleans showcases all of these traits the best with its mixture of French, Spanish, African, English and Creole cultures stirred up like a big pot of gumbo. New Orleans has Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, Audubon Park, the National World War II Museum, and too many other attractions to name. Throughout the state there is a rich culture for sportsman—fishing and hunting.  

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