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Old 02-05-2013, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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Unless you are really into LSU football or the university life in general, Lafayette is a much better place to live and raise a family.
The same could be said about UL honestly. But I'd pick Baton Rouge as it's much larger.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:05 PM
 
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I would include Prairieville as well as Gonzales. All of Gonzales isn't desirable so it doesn't really compare with Katy in my opinion, not as much as the whole Gonzales, Geismar, Prairieville area compares. I went to school in Ascension Parish, all of the schools are pretty good, some of the best in the metro.

Lafayette has a richer culture you may enjoy more than being in Baton Rouge, but I would say Baton Rouge is much closer to Houston and the Katy area. It's almost identical with the one-entrance subdivisions everywhere and rural roads.

If you are going to be working in Baton Rouge as well as Lafayette I would look into the Brusly, Port Allen, and Addis areas in West Baton Rouge Parish. They are close enough to Baton Rouge and closer to Lafayette than being on Ascension or Livingston Parishes.
While I'll agree with this person about the distance of the areas from Lafayette, Livingston Parish has the best test scores in the state, Live Oak schools are also known for maintaining a disciplined student body. Port Allen is a very good school area as well. I couldn't tell you about the others.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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While I'll agree with this person about the distance of the areas from Lafayette, Livingston Parish has the best test scores in the state, Live Oak schools are also known for maintaining a disciplined student body. Port Allen is a very good school area as well. I couldn't tell you about the others.
I believe Zachary has the best scores.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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There's no suburbs in BR that compare to Katy or the Woodlands, but Central. Zachary, and Prairieville are the closest things to it.

I 'd pick central if you'll be commuting to north BR, downtown, midcity, or the Oneal Ln area.

Id pick prairieville if you'll be commuting to south Baton Rouge.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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There's no suburbs in BR that compare to Katy or the Woodlands, but Central. Zachary, and Prairieville are the closest things to it.

I 'd pick central if you'll be commuting to north BR, downtown, midcity, or the Oneal Ln area.

Id pick prairieville if you'll be commuting to south Baton Rouge.
What does Katy do, despite the obvious size difference, different than our 'burbs?
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:37 AM
 
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Has anyone noticed that the OP only posted once and hasn't re-posted?
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Louisiana to Houston to Denver to NOVA
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Just realized it's over 2 years old.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:01 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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What does Katy do, despite the obvious size difference, different than our 'burbs?
It's not drastically different. It's just got that strange, Texas vibe. I stayed in various Texas areas a few times doing 3-6 month long consulting stints, but I never really got used to it. Katy was more normal, but sugar land and the woodlands felt like social experiments.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:26 AM
 
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It's not drastically different. It's just got that strange, Texas vibe. I stayed in various Texas areas a few times doing 3-6 month long consulting stints, but I never really got used to it. Katy was more normal, but sugar land and the woodlands felt like social experiments.
That's because Sugarland and The Woodlands pay for all that nice stuff they have. That's what our suburbs don't compare to, but nothing is special about Katy compared to Gonzales and Prairieville. They have Katy Mills Mall, we have Tanger, which is arguably a better mall.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I was born and raised in a high-end suburb 20 minutes outside of New York City, so I know what city life and culture is like. I met a man who was from Louisiana and took a trip to meet his family and I absolutely fell in love with the state. It is so unique; really no place can compare! I ended up moving to Baton Rouge about a year later and loved every second that I spent in Louisiana. There are tons of things to do, but just like anywhere else, sometimes you need to put a little effort into finding them. Shopping is great, traffic is bad (I'll give them that), schools are hit or miss just as they are everywhere (you can find decent public schools, BRHS for instance), and yes, crime is high, but what most people don't understand about crime is that CRIME ISN'T RANDOM! If you are a law abiding citizen and keep away from the drug trade, you will likely be just fine! The majority of the violent crime in BR and elsewhere is merely the thugs killing each other off over turf struggles or over a respect issue. I am a single woman in my mid-20s and I never felt threatened when I lived in BR. I worked at OLOL and wouldn't leave work til 3:30am some nights, and even while traveling so late at night, I never encountered a problem.

I had to move after 3 years of living in Louisiana (for medical reasons), but I am looking forward to moving back (to the New Orleans area) sometime next year. I miss it tremendously!
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