Two family members walk behind a young girl learning how to bike along Lake Charles.

Quality of Life

Hundreds of Ways to Enjoy Yourself Year Round

Only in Louisiana

With a year-round warm climate, Louisiana’s cultural and lifestyle amenities are accessible throughout the entire year – and affordably, with a competitive cost of living below the national average.

Be part of world-renowned Festival International or New Orleans Mardi Gras — two of the largest events on the planet. Immerse in nature with close to two dozen state parks filled with fishing, boating and water sport adventures across countless lakes, bayous and lagoons. Or, uplevel your skillset with a course at #1 ranked Tulane University – one of 24 higher education institutions in Cleco’s service territory.

In Louisiana — home to America’s first cocktail and musical legends like Louis Armstrong — you’ll find plenty of opportunities to live your best life. And did we mention the cost of living is well below the national average?

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

Top 20 State For average cost of living U.S. News & World Report
9 State Museums And many more local ones Louisiana State Museum
#9 State For education freedom The Heritage Foundation
3 Louisiana Cities Made the top 200 happiest cities in the US List WalletHub, 2023
Quality of Life Resources

Where the Party Never Stops

  • Take a paddleboat through the rivers, swamps and bayous of Lafayette. Sit out by the white sand inland beach at Lake Charles. Or, if you’ve got a day to spare, spend it exploring the Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail throughout the southcentral parishes.

  • From the ornate courtyard gardens of the French Quarter in New Orleans to the nine state museums that celebrate and explore the native African, French and Acadian influences, culture in Louisiana is bountiful. Parades and festivals are around every corner, and when the sun goes down, Louisiana comes alive with handcrafted breweries and bars like Panorama Music House in Lake Charles and Luna Bar & Grill in downtown Lafayette.

  • Cleco’s service region is home to 24 colleges and universities, including Tulane University — the No. 1 higher education institution in the state. Whether you’re considering options to increase the leadership capabilities of your staff or honing in on critical skills for future industry, schools in the Cleco service territory have you covered with more than 6,000 degrees awarded annually to students in programs directly relevant to major industries.

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