Mandeville (local population: 10,714)* Mandeville flourished when wealthy New Orleanians began to build resort communities along its lakefront in the 1800s. As the host city of Lake Pontchartrain, it’s no surprise that sailboats and yachts continually adorn the horizon. A long-standing source of argument asks whether the view in Mandeville is more breathtaking standing on the shoreline at sunset or from the bow of a boat adrift on the lake. With its upscale shopping districts and some of the best eateries around, fashionable Mandeville boasts a mixture of stately and modest homes in magnificently designed subdivisions and gated communities.
* Total St. Tammany population outside these cities’ corporate limits is approximately 178,736 including the city of Slidell.