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Discover Tangipahoa Parish

Welcome to Hammond, America!

Nestled in Hammond, Louisiana, North Oaks Health System is situated in a city of 20,000, strategically located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans' Northshore. As Tangipahoa Parish's largest city, Hammond boasts a vibrant historic district, complete with restaurants, theaters, and nightlife. It's also the proud home of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Blending small-town charm with urban conveniences, Hammond offers a rich lifestyle in the Northshore region. Its natural beauty and strong community spirit are standout features. The downtown historic district is alive with a diverse culinary scene and a rich tapestry of arts and entertainment. Restaurants combine Southern cuisine with international flavors, complemented by community events like Hot August Stroll and Starry Saturday. Additionally, the Picnic in the Park outdoor concert series, Brews Arts Festival, and the Saturday Farmer’s Market contribute to the vibrant atmosphere. Hammond's prime location ensures suburban tranquility with easy access to Louisiana's major city attractions, ideal for professionals seeking balance.

Notable destinations, such as the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center, and the Hammond Regional Arts Center, underscore North Oaks' commitment to community well-being and engagement.

Tangipahoa Parish

Known for its rapid growth and robust community spirit, Tangipahoa Parish offers a mix of urban sophistication and rural tranquility. With its proximity to Interstates 55 and 12, it's conveniently near major cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge yet retains a close-knit community atmosphere. The Parish is celebrated for its warm, welcoming people, who embody collaboration, support, and unity. The presence of Southeastern Louisiana University adds educational and cultural richness, making it an appealing destination for families, students, and healthcare professionals.

About Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond pulses with the dynamic energy of a college town, thanks to Southeastern Louisiana University. This institution, a cornerstone of the city, boasts 13,500 students and a 365-acre campus. It fosters cultural diversity and growth, driving expansion in housing and providing weekend entertainment through college sports, plays, and art shows. The University and North Oaks have a strong partnership, collaborating on community events, healthcare initiatives, and education programs.


Globally known as the "Strawberry Capital of the World," Ponchatoula is a community rich in spirit and tradition. Celebrated for its strawberry farming, the city hosts the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Louisiana's second-largest festival, drawing global visitors. Despite its growth, Ponchatoula maintains a small-town feel, with a lively downtown featuring antique furniture stores, restaurants, and outdoor cafes.

St. Tammany Parish

Approximately 10 miles from Hammond, St. Tammany Parish offers diverse living options, from riverside tranquility in Madisonville, historic lakeside elegance in Mandeville, and the perfect blend of nature and culture in Covington. This variety ensures a wide range of residential choices for anyone considering moving to the area.

North Oaks' Prime Location: A Gateway to Louisiana's Treasures

Our prime location between New Orleans and Baton Rouge opens a gateway to diverse entertainment, dining, and cultural experiences. From the iconic New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the family-friendly Audubon Zoo and Aquarium in New Orleans, and Baton Rouge's rich cultural landscape, our providers enjoy a fulfilling professional life with access to the best of Louisiana. Easy commuting and excellent transport links enhance work-life balance, enabling a seamless transition between the calm of parish life and the city's excitement.

Seeking unique experiences in Tangipahoa Parish? From shopping adventures to arts and sports excitement, 'Explore Tangipahoa' has it all. Get ready to embrace the diverse offerings of our area. Begin your journey today!

Fast Facts

  • Population: Louisiana - approx. 4.6 million; Tangipahoa Parish - approx. 134,000
  • Statehood: Louisiana became the 18th state on April 30, 1812
  • Motto: "Union, Justice, Confidence"
  • Louisiana is the 31st largest state by area in the U.S.
  • Humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters
  • Highest point: Driskill Mountain at 535 ft
  • Lowest point: New Orleans, -8 ft below sea level
  • Home to the largest contiguous swamp in the U.S. (Atchafalaya Basin)
  • New Orleans, famous for Mardi Gras and vibrant cultural festivals, and notable for its diverse music scene, including jazz, blues, and zydeco.
  • Baton Rouge, capital of Louisiana, known for its political history and university community.

Here are the approximate distances from Hammond to some popular destinations:

  • Covington, Louisiana: Approximately 22 miles
  • Mandeville, Louisiana: Approximately 34 miles
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: Approximately 50 miles
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Approximately 61 miles
  • Mobile, Alabama: Approximately 136 miles
  • Jackson, Mississippi: Approximately 166 miles
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: Approximately 207 miles
  • Destin, Florida: Approximately 285 miles
  • Little Rock, Arkansas: Approximately 329 miles
  • Birmingham, Alabama: Approximately 342 miles
  • Memphis, Tennessee: Approximately 360 miles
  • Houston, Texas: Approximately 370 miles
  • Dallas, Texas: Approximately 405 miles
  • Orlando, Florida: Approximately 482 miles
  • Atlanta, Georgia: Approximately 488 miles

Additional Resources

To explore further and stay updated on our vibrant communities, the following resources are invaluable:

These resources offer a deeper insight into the life and vibrancy of our communities, providing excellent tools for anyone seeking to learn more about our region.

Seeking unique experiences in Tangipahoa Parish? From shopping adventures to arts and sports excitement, 'Explore Tangipahoa' has it all. Get ready to embrace the diverse offerings of our area. Begin your journey today!