Quality of Life

Movoto.com ranked one our communities, Garyville in St. John the Baptist Parish “#9 Best New Orleans Suburb for Young Couples.”​​

Ranked one of the best New Orleans Suburbs for Young Couples, Garyville Louisiana represents the family focused, and southern charm community that can be found across St. John Parish. The Parish offers its residents, and the thousands of tourists who visit annually, a rural and urban lifestyle unmatched by any other Suburban community. With the cost of living being low, and single family, multi-family and mixed use housing continues to be in high demand due to people moving to St. John for employment opportunities and residential amenities.

Students here benefit from one of the state’s most improved school systems, and a strong technical college which contributes to hundreds of skilled laborers to our workforce every day.

​With a mild southern climate, 13 parks​​ and recreation centers, more than 50 miles of walking trails, and highly recognized attractions, there is always something to do in either the River Region or the Greater New Orleans MSA.​

The parks and recreation system in St. John the Baptist Parish is made up of over 10 acres of fields. The system of parks, open spaces and recreational facilities is very diverse serving citizens with parks right in their own neighborhoods as well as providing community parks and natural open spaces with trails. There are recreation centers that provide year-round programming and recreational opportunities for all ages and many special use facilities such as boat launches, fishing piers, athletic field complexes, golf courses and skate parks.​

St. John the Baptist Parish is one of the friendliest communities in the country. Our housing options feature various architecture styles, a school systems with high performance scores, and an entertainment and festival scene that stretches to sprawling shopping concourses and large theaters to food trucks and craft breweries throughout the Greater New Orleans region.


Throughout the Region and MSA, workspaces and office buildings are state-of-the-art, but we admit living in St. John gives you the option to experience the Urban and Rural lifestyle experience. Thankfully, St. John has plenty of affordable housing options to choose from.

The median home cost in St. John the Baptist County is $150,000. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 9.24%. We welcome you whether you are bringing (or starting) a big family, we can accommodate.


St. John the Baptist Parish offers high-quality, well regarded educational programs and institutions that provide the business community with a highly-educated workforce. In three short years, we have elevated our status as a school system to a “B” rating in the latest Louisiana Department of Education rankings. With 81% of our students classified as economically disadvantaged, we have set and held students and our employees to high standards. We are the only system that has earned a “B” rating with at least 81% of its students categorized as such. The South Central Louisiana Technical College-Reserve Campus (SCLTC-Reserve) is a technical college which serves the River Parish region. Workforce training is changing rapidly, paced by technological changes. The regional business community depends SCLTC-Reserve, to provide human resources equipped with the skills and knowledge required by employees in the areas of communications, computer, and applied academic skills.

St. John celebrates its regionally recognized Andouille Festival, Manchac swamp and Plantation Museum tours. The St. John Theatre is also a staple of both our entertainment and culture. Since its inception, the Mission of the theater has been to offer each child and adult within the community the opportunity to participate in, or be a spectator of, a series of fine arts activities offered during the year.

St. John the Baptist Parish has a mixture of restaurants including national chains and local mainstays. This includes LaPlace Frostop, a burger/milkshake shop which is one of the few Frostop locations in Louisiana. Marked by the enormous mug of root beer on its roof, the diner is famous for the Lot-O-Burger and is celebrating 60 years of business this year. Food is more than just celebrated—it’s a part of the culture and identity of the community. Whether you’re into local eateries or national chains we have something in store for your taste buds.