Facts about Covington LA

10 Fascinating Facts: Covington

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10 Fascinating Facts About Covington Louisiana

Permanent residents and visitors alike appreciate learning more about this unique locale.

Some Fun Facts About Covington

Situated just a short drive north of Mandeville Louisiana and the scenic Lake Pontchartrain (in the heart of southeastern Louisiana), this rapidly growing town of well over 10,000 people has witnessed significant changes during recent years. The area enjoys a vibrant culture. Consider fun facts about this community:

1. Today Covington’s population approaches 11,500 people.

Using the US census data from 2020, Wikipedia cities  there were 11,564 people, 3,710 households, and 2,546 families residing in the city of Covington.  That’s a tremendous growth since the 2020 census of 8,765 people, with significant increases projected in the future.

2. Visit a statue honoring President Ronald Reagan.

A bronze statue erected here by the Taylor Foundation in 2008 displays the work of a local sculptor, Patrick Miller. It honors President Ronald Reagan.

Map of Covington LA

3. Actress Peggy Dow lived here for many years.

Before she gained fame as a model, radio personality, and actress, Peggy Dow spent part of her childhood living in the Covington Louisiana community.

You may recognize her for her role as Nurse Kelly in the 1950 comedy classic Harvey, starring the late Jimmy Stewart. She appeared in a total of nine motion pictures before her retirement in 1951.

4. The name changed from “Wharton” to Covington soon after its founding.

The earliest maps of the community describe this location as “Wharton” (the middle name of town founder John Wharton Collins). The town renamed itself a short time later in honor of a popular War of 1812 general.

5. The railroad did not reach this community until 1888.

Railroads arrived in this part of Louisiana comparatively late. Today, the Tammany Trace occupies a large section of land which formerly served as a railroad right-of-way.

6. This community includes a college campus.

Despite its still comparatively small size, the town serves as the location for one of the campuses of Delta College. Students also commute to nearby Metairie or New Orleans to access additional educational and vocational opportunities.

7. Covington has some of the best healthcare in the state.

Covington has an unusual amount of quality medical facilities that provide top notch medical care.  As an example, Covington is home to All American Medical, a cutting edge regenerative medicine and natural pain management clinic and  to tip-of-the-spear cancer treatment at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The cancer center occupies more than 20,000-square-feet and is adjacent to the St. Tammany hospital.

8. Musician Steven Stills resided here briefly during his childhood.

The acclaimed guitarist Stephen Sills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young spent part of his childhood residing here. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine honored him as one of the 100 greatest guitar players in the world.

9. The town has served as a motion picture filming location.

Productions conducting filming on location here in the past included Dead Man Walking (1995), Eve’s Bayou (1997), and Beautiful Creatures(2013).

10. As of 4-5-2024, the average price of a home in Covington was over $500,000

According to 1 Percent Lists, who pulls the data directly from the Gulf South Real Estate Information Network (local MLS) as of April 5th, 2024 the average price of the homes for sale in Covington is $526,693.  Many exciting realty opportunities exist for local property buyers and sellers.

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Anticipate a Healthy Seller’s Market

An influx of people into the environs of New Orleans, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina several years ago, eventually produced unexpected benefits for the local area.

Today, the real estate market is very strong in Covington. Whether you plan to sell your home, or looking to buy a home in Covington, the local real estate market out paces the national average consistently.

Homeowners appreciate the recent appreciation in local home values while some complain that the infrastructure has not been able to keep up causing traffic.  For prospective buyers of property it’s worth noting that some of Covington is eligible special loan programs from the USDA that can offer up to 100% financing.

With persistence (and a little patience), you’ll likely find yourself on course to achieve your goals!