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Old 07-06-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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St Tammany is hands down the best place to live in the state, and in all of America. New Orleans albeit has the best food in the word, the city in itself is a toilet. I have to get our of dodge at 9PM because of the crime. Keep us informed on what you want to do.
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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Thanks for all the feedback so far. We chose Louisiana as an option because we want that change from New York. I'm on Long Island and we have the highest property taxes and expensive homes that are dumps. My husband applied to New Orleans police because of the decent pay and I'm an english teacher. Having a change from NY is key here and I don't think I need to go into further details regarding why we want to escape, you can get the picture. I was mostly concerned about the health insurance because the rates for St Tammany seem awfully high for such a low salary. What makes the schools bad? Is it low test scores, not enough resources etc. Does Covington have a small town vibe? Nice people? Trying to stay away from the nastiness where I am now. Thanks again for info!
Schools in Louisiana are generally bad based on a variety of metrics but St. Tammany is the top or near the top in the state. You can get good schools in Louisiana but you have to seek them out. Me and most of my family went to private (primarily Catholic) schools in Louisiana are are doing great with many Doctors lawyers, professors, etc....so you can get a good education but you may have to pay for it.

Covington is a super nice little town imo. It could be a bit cliquish and while Sluggo points out you might get some negative comments about your accent, most people will have no problem with you and welcome you as long as you don't tell them how much better things were where you came from.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:29 PM
 
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Thanks again. We are visiting next week, New Orleans PD test is scheduled so we'll be in town for 4 days. I don't have a New Yawk accent so not worried about that, will you be able to tell I'm not from Louisiana? Sure, but if that's all i have to deal with then I can handle it lol. I don't think I can express enough how much I hate NY. I get the heat is tough, I've lived in South Florida, I'm sure it's different heat but still had horrible humidity. I'll come visit and see for myself. Thanks again.
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Old 07-06-2019, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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Thanks again. We are visiting next week, New Orleans PD test is scheduled so we'll be in town for 4 days. I don't have a New Yawk accent so not worried about that, will you be able to tell I'm not from Louisiana? Sure, but if that's all i have to deal with then I can handle it lol. I don't think I can express enough how much I hate NY. I get the heat is tough, I've lived in South Florida, I'm sure it's different heat but still had horrible humidity. I'll come visit and see for myself. Thanks again.
Would love to hear your impression after your visit! good luck! I wouldn't care for NY either.
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:12 PM
 
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Thanks again. We are visiting next week, New Orleans PD test is scheduled so we'll be in town for 4 days. I don't have a New Yawk accent so not worried about that, will you be able to tell I'm not from Louisiana? Sure, but if that's all i have to deal with then I can handle it lol. I don't think I can express enough how much I hate NY. I get the heat is tough, I've lived in South Florida, I'm sure it's different heat but still had horrible humidity. I'll come visit and see for myself. Thanks again.
Yes please let us know. A visit is the right choice.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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Perfect timing...hope you brought your pirogue for gettin around, I used one for getting around town in times like these.
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:44 AM
 
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I'll be completely honest with you, why the HECK do you want to move to Louisiana, out of all places? Honestly, I think it absolutely sucks here. The schools are among the worst in the nation, there is high crime rate, the roads are in poor condition, and you are stuck right in hurricane alley.

Not to be so negative, but these are all truths. I moved here from PA for work about 4 years ago and I can't wait to get out. Plus, moving from NY state will be a drastic change. Everything is flat here, it's very humid every day. It's hot from May thru November. The bugs are nasty and the taxes are high. There is local sales tax on everything and a 6% income tax on income over $50,000. If I were you, I'd look elsewhere. There are better options. Yes, the cost of living is lower, but you get nothing for it!
Completely disagree with this assessment. Not originally from here, but have lived here for 35 years. The Covington/Mandeville area is very nice. Upscale, low crime, great restaurants, good public schools, close to NOLA. The OVERALL tax rate in LA is very low, in fact, one of the lowest nationwide. (Property taxes here are really low.) The food is some of the best in the nation, and people here are some of the friendliest. In regards to 'flat land' guess you've havn't travelled a few miles north of Covington, to the Folsom area. Some of the most beautiful, rolling land (lots of horse farms), you'll find anywhere. Yes, it's humid but I'd much rather have humid than arid.
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Everything stated appears to be facts, you just don't mind living in a place like that, that's all. Crime is still high in St. Tammany compared to many other suburbs around the country, it's not upscale at all when compared to upscale suburbs like Mountain Brook, AL, or Broomfield, CO. Public schools are also garbage, but they seem good because the surrounding ones are somehow worse.
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:04 AM
 
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Everything stated appears to be facts, you just don't mind living in a place like that, that's all. Crime is still high in St. Tammany compared to many other suburbs around the country, it's not upscale at all when compared to upscale suburbs like Mountain Brook, AL, or Broomfield, CO. Public schools are also garbage, but they seem good because the surrounding ones are somehow worse.
Mountain Brook is a very wealthy enclave near Birmingham, so, of course, it's more upscale than the Mandeville/Covington area, but we would never move back to any part of AL. We seriously considered Broomfield for retirement after visiting several times. All three of these areas are very nice, and would make decent places to live for many people. To say crime is 'high' in St. Tammany is ludicrous. Everything is relative to something else, but it is definitely not 'high' there. The public schools are also very good. I realize you no longer live here, but there's no need to continue to demean this state. There are many good things about living in Louisiana.
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Mountain Brook is a very wealthy enclave near Birmingham, so, of course, it's more upscale than the Mandeville/Covington area, but we would never move back to any part of AL. We seriously considered Broomfield for retirement after visiting several times. All three of these areas are very nice, and would make decent places to live for many people. To say crime is 'high' in St. Tammany is ludicrous. Everything is relative to something else, but it is definitely not 'high' there. The public schools are also very good. I realize you no longer live here, but there's no need to continue to demean this state. There are many good things about living in Louisiana.
I love Louisiana but too many people don't care about how horrible much of it is. We're #50 for a reason.
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