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Tangipahoa Parish

With Southeastern Louisiana University--the state's 3rd largest university--located in the heart of historic downtown Hammond, this small community has the vibrant and exciting atmosphere of a college town. As a micropolitan statistical area, it is a regional draw for residents of the rural communities in the surrounding parishes. This means that despite its small size, Hammond boasts museums, arts centers, theaters, numerous restaurants and a thriving nightlife.

Hammond has characteristically been a stop for northern Louisianans travelling south and New Orleanians travelling north, but people have been moving here in droves, and putting down roots in recent years. While still affordable (the median house cost is under $200,000), the area has seen a rapid development in growth. (For contrast, the median home cost was $76,000 in the year 2000.) The great weather, college-town atmosphere, affordable land and home options have made it a popular place to move.

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Arts & Culture
Like most of the communities of Greater New Orleans, Hammond has a proud tradition of folk art and music that is known throughout the region. Likewise, the college provides a flux of creative, young people who are eager to make their mark on the area. Since reopening its doors after its renovation in 2002, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, owned and operated by Southeastern Louisiana University, presents a diverse mix of cultural events year-round.

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Tope La in Downtown Hammond is known for great food and terrific live music. If Tope La's dishes are a little too adventurous for you, maybe take a trip to Monty's Bar & Grille for some traditional Cajun and Creole or classic American cuisine, then make the move to Mule's Cate Street Pub for a live comedy show and some drinks.

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Locals love taking the Swamp People Tour at Kliebert's Turtle & Alligator Farm, where the animals of the bayou get up close and personal. If alligators and swamp life aren't your thing, many locals love to play a couple of rounds at Hammond Golf Center. Outdoors folks also enjoy getting on the lake and surrounding rivers or visiting the Hidden Oaks campground. There's also Roy and Rita's Backyard, a home for camping, live music, beach fun, and weekend bingo.

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Hammond has a vigilant police department that patrols the urban center of the city. To go along with the police effort, Southeastern Louisiana University is leading a charge to organize the neighborhoods and make the city great for students and residents alike.

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Southeastern Louisiana University is Louisiana's 3rd largest university, enrolling more than 15,000 students representing 43 states and 66 countries. The Southeastern Lions take part in NCAA Division 1 athletics (FCS for football) in the Southland Conference. Hammond also has a big public school system and several private schools, although some students will commute to schools in Covington and Mandeville.

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The bustling downtown district is condensed in size which lends itself to a great walking environment. The most accessible coffee shop is PJ's Coffee and the closest grocery store is Guy's Quality Foods. Restaurants nearby include Mariner's Inn and Brady's.

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