St. Tammany Parish, commonly called the “Northshore”, is located on Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, and just across the lake from New Orleans. With a population of 233,740 (2010), St. Tammany is one of the fastest growing parishes in the state, along with being the most affluent. During the 19th century, St. Tammany was where the wealthy families of New Orleans went for to enjoy resort-style vacations using steam boats and trains to get there.
Today, Lake Pontchartrain is spanned by a 24-mile bridge connecting to New Orleans, and is considered to be the world's longest continuous bridge over water. St. Tammany Parish is made up of lakefront communities that boast natural beauty with green spaces and wildlife preserves. The communities of Covington, Abita Springs, Slidell, Lacombe, and Mandeville are part of St. Tammany, each providing a different flavor, but full of history, charming downtowns, restaurants, and galleries. Picture of Tchefuncte River Lighthouse at Lake Pontchartrain courtesy of Wikipedia and Richard David Ramsey (public domain).
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Where to Retire in St. Tammany Parish and Home Prices
St. Tammany Parish is made up of several communities and offers many neighborhoods and developments. Zillow reports the median home value in early 2020 to be $208,352.
What is Special about St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish sits on the largest inland body of water in Louisiana which provides for a beautiful setting along with a habitat for a variety of fish, birds, and other wildlife. The small towns that make up the parish offer a lot of outdoor recreation including marinas, fishing, hiking, and birdwatching, along with a theatre, concerts in the parks, galleries and a host of music venues featuring jazz, bluegrass, country, and Cajun. The Tammany Trace is a rails to trails bike path connecting the parish towns that allows you to travel through several ecosystems and offers pubs and food along the way.
What is Not Special about St. Tammany Parish
Summers are hot and the Parish has been hit with a hurricane which caused flooding and damage.
Who Will Like Retirement in St. Tammany Parish
Retirees who are looking for a small town, not far from a large city (New Orleans), that offers a lot of year round activities may enjoy living here. There is great fishing, kayaking, hiking, birding, historical sites, a hospital, library, festivals, theater, and music, and great food. Biking is very popular here and you can travel between the small towns on the Tammany Trail.
Local Economy is Driven by
The economy within the Parish is diverse and drivers include construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, health care, and retail.
Climate and Physical Environment
The average January temperature is 50 degrees, and July's average is 82 degrees. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina passed directly over St. Tammany Parish as a Category 3 hurricane, causing damage from high winds and flooding.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Northshore features several great restaurants within the different communities, many offering lakeside dining, and where you will find barbecued shrimp, Po boy, Muffaletta and Cochon de lait. The communities hosts crab festivals, art festivals, street fairs and jazz venues. For a plethora of cultural events and great restaurants New Orleans is only 40 minutes away.
The crime rate is a little below the national average.
St. Tammany Parish Hospital services the area.
Tammany Trace is a 31-mile bike paved bike trail that connects the parish towns. There is a small regional airport here, but the nearest large airport is in New Orleans, about 35 miles away.
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