Life in St. Tammany

From historic downtowns to spectacular waterfronts and pine-ringed estates, St. Tammany Parish offers a variety of places to live with a luxurious quality of life and the charm of a small town.

Home to an excellent public school system, St. Tammany students consistently score above national and states levels on standardized tests. St. Tammany is also located within close proximity to eight universities and colleges, providing a wide range of educational opportunities.

Located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, St. Tammany offers a wealth of recreational opportunities from biking the Tammany Trace to catching a production at a local theater company.

With over 3,000 retail establishments in St. Tammany, the community supports both national retailers and local boutiques. St. Tammany’s restaurants and breweries are regional destinations – showcasing the area’s culinary heritage and making for a vibrant food scene.

St. Tammany Parish and its municipalities often appear in online rankings for the safest places to live in Louisiana.

In 2022, crime in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish decreased 7.5% from the previous year, with 983 violent crimes reported in 2022 compared to 1,063 reported in 2021. The clearance rate for those same nationally reported crime categories, murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery and assault, is also up from 89 percent in 2021 to an impressive 91 percent in 2022.  That is compared to the national average of 41 percent.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office reported a clearance rate for non-violent crimes in 2022 of 41 percent, that is more than three times the national average of 12 percent. (St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office)

St. Tammany offers a variety of housing options, including apartment rentals, condominiums, town homes, and single-family homes. 78% of residents own their homes, while 22% rent. Residents live in gated communities, on the waterfront with boat launch access, and in high-end, sprawling estates. All housing opportunities are available across the parish in convenient locations. The average rent in St. Tammany for a 2-bedroom apartment is more than $1,200. The average sales price for a home is almost $260,000.


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