Dining & Retail
GIS Planning estimates that there are over 3,000 retail establishments in St. Tammany Parish.
Throughout St. Tammany, you can enjoy strolling and shopping at antique shops, gift shops, and art galleries. Don’t miss an opportunity to stop by the farmers markets held in multiple areas each week to stock up on fresh produce, local delicacies and support local artisans.
There also are a number of shopping centers with a variety of retailers. Slidell offers Fremaux Town Center – a newly constructed outdoor shopping mall – with a variety of retail and dining options. Covington is home to Nord du Lac and River Chase shopping centers. Mandeville offers Premier Shopping Centers 1 and 2.
GIS Planning estimates that there are almost 600 restaurants in St. Tammany Parish.
As one of the most populous parishes in Louisiana—a diverse area rich in culinary heritage and flavor—St. Tammany Parish satisfies and enthralls gourmands. With po-boys, fried and boiled seafood, jambalaya, gumbo, muffulettas, and all the other local cuisines, St. Tammany’s world-class and home-grown restaurants offer a wide range of fine and casual dining experiences across the parish.
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.