I chuckled a little when I read a story online from NOLA.com about the 50 richest zip codes in Louisiana. Three Northwest Louisiana neighborhoods made the list. But the top performer in our region is Cedar Grove at #12!!

The average income in the 71106 zip code is $104,976, but it's quite deceiving. The zip code encompasses much of Southeast Shreveport including the wealthy neighborhoods of Southern Trace and the Ellerbe Road area. It you ask anyone north of I-10, they would not call this area Cedar Grove. The report shows more than 15 thousand income tax returns coming in from this one zip code. Cedar Grove is filled with hard working families, but most are struggling to make ends meet.

Springlake and University Terrace check in at number 25 on the list with an average income of $82,000 in the 71115 zip code. That neighborhood had just over 7 thousand tax returns filed.

The only other local area to make the list is the 71006 zip code which is in Benton where the average income is just below $80,000 and more than 5700 income tax returns were filed for this zip code. Benton is #30 on the list.

The most well-to-do neighborhood in the state is the Garden District/French Quarter/CBD in New Orleans where the average income is just below $200,000 dollars.

You can find the full list of the richest zip codes in the state by clicking here.