Northern region offers rural lifestyle

North Louisiana is truly the most rural part of Louisiana, but is a sportsman’s dream. Like to hunt and fish and have the room and acreage to enjoy outdoor activities? North Louisiana may be the place you are looking for. Sheveport (pop. 199,000) is the largest city in the region and is home to Louisiana Downs, a thoroughbred racing track, and several riverboat casinos. Get the picture? While relatively rural, North Louisiana is heavily rural, but people have much freedom to live their life as they choose. That’s why the area is experiencing record growth.

Although known to outsiders as a gambling haven, Sheveport also offers great restaurants, an affordable cost of living, many recreational opportunities, including minor league baseball and hockey and great shopping and good medical care. Centenary College is based in Sheveport, offering activities and events. Two other larger towns in this region are Ruston and Monroe/West Monroe. Ruston is the home of Louisiana Tech University and Monroe has a University of Louisiana branch. Both towns, while rural in nature, have a very affordable cost of living and you can find good shopping and restaurants. Many other small towns in this heavily wooded region have interesting architecture, friendly folks, and a reasonable cost of living.