Living Here

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 2015, total crimes reported in St. Tammany Parish were the second lowest over a five-year period.

Overall, violent crime was down with a 2% decrease from 2014’s already low numbers.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office violent crime solve rate was more than 90%. The non-violent solve rate was 38%, and the overall solve rate for 2015 was 55%.  The national average for solve rates of violent and non-violent crimes are approximately 47% and 20%, respectively.

In 2014, crime in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish decreased 16% from the previous year. It was the second year in a row with a double-digit drop in the parish crime rate. The overall solve rate was 61%. The total number of violent crimes in St. Tammany Parish had dropped nearly 46% over the previous five years.

In 2014, Slidell experienced a 10-year low in crime that included a 27.5% drop in violent crime and an 11.4% drop in property crime from 2013.

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.