Economic Basics About Tangipahoa
One of the Fastest Growing Parishes in Louisiana
The north end of the parish harbors piney hills surrounding a 3,000-acre certified mega-site while the south end showcases marshes, cypress trees and Port Manchac, one of three regional port facilities and the only one just beyond the New Orleans ports with on-site access to warehousing, rail and major interstates. At its heart is the parish seat, the city of Amite. The largest city is Hammond. It is called the "crossroads of the south" because of the intersection of Interstates 12 and 55 that provide the best direct routes to Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Chicago and the many large metros in-between.
The parish can claim a part in Louisiana’s reputation as “A Sportsman’s Paradise” as well. The seven cities and two lakes within and around the parish are ideal for activities such as canoeing, boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing, and hunting. In addition, the parish is very proud of the local commitment to culture and community-spirited activities. The month-long cultural event, “Fanfare,” grabs the attentions of entertainers from all over the world, more than 20,000 students attending Southeastern Louisiana University inspire team pride and academic relevance, while the quaint downtowns throughout the parish instill feelings of a simpler time.
The diverse landscape, port and interstate access, large municipal airport, close proximity to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and location of the University and a Louisiana Technical College branch, makes Tangipahoa a very attractive place to live and locate a variety of business-types. Industry neighbors in Tangipahoa include the U.S. Department of Customs, The Global Wildlife Center, and many major distribution centers.