Best Place to Raise Kids in Louisiana: Lake Arthur
Nearby city: Lake Charles, La.
Median family income: $53,537
Avg. school math score: 88 (State avg.: 67.12)
Avg. school reading score: 87.5 (State avg.: 66.56)
This is Cajun country. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 51 percent of the local population comprises people of French origin, many of them descended from the French colonists who relocated to Louisiana following their expulsion from Canada during the French and Indian War. Today the area is a popular tourist destination, well known for its boating and fishing, primarily for largemouth and smallmouth bass.
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