Mandeville, Louisiana

Mandeville, Louisiana
City of Mandeville
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. Tammany
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Coordinates 30°22′09″N 90°04′41″W / 30.36917°N 90.07806°W / 30.36917; -90.07806
Area 6.8 sq mi (17.6 km2)
 - land 6.8 sq mi (18 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 12,421 (2008)
Density 1,826.6 / sq mi (705.3 / km2)
Incorporated 1840
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 70448, 70471
Area code 985
Location of Mandeville in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Mandeville is a city in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 12,421 in 2008. Mandeville is located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, south of Interstate 12. It is across the lake from the city of New Orleans and its southshore suburbs. It is part of the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner metropolitan area.



Mandeville is the name of two villages in Normandy, France. It means 'big farm' (from Magna Villa) in medieval Norman French.


Ruby's Roadhouse

The area had long been agricultural land when the town of Mandeville was laid out in 1834 by developer Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville, more often known as Bernard de Marigny. In 1840 Mandeville was incorporated as a town. It became a popular summer destination for well-to-do New Orleanians wishing to escape the city's heat.

In the mid-19th century, regular daily steamboat traffic between New Orleans and Mandeville began, and by the end of the Victorian era, it had become a popular weekend destination of the New Orleans middle class as well. Bands would play music on the ships going across the lake and at pavilions and dance-halls in Mandeville, and Mandeville became one of the first places where the new "jazz" music was heard outside of New Orleans. Bunk Johnson, Buddy Petit, Papa Celestin, George Lewis, Kid Ory, Edmond Hall, Chester Zardis, and many other early jazz artists regularly played in Mandeville.

In the late 19th century, Mandeville was home of the Harvey School, a college preparatory institution. Among those educated there was Andrew Querbes, then of New Orleans and later the mayor of Shreveport.[1]

Two buildings from early jazz history still stand in Mandeville. Ruby's Roadhouse has been in continuous operation since the 1920s and is still a popular bar and live music venue today. The Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in January 1895. It closed with the onset of the Great Depression and was only used for storage for decades, preserving the dance hall unchanged from the early 20th century, until it reopened in 2000 as the Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall, a live jazz venue. (This was one of the earliest "Dew Drop" dance halls; venues across the South were similarly named, including the club in New Orleans where Little Richard got his start.)

In 1956, the first span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened to automobile traffic. A second span was added in 1969. The new road spurred the growth of Mandeville and the surrounding area as a suburban commuter community for people working in New Orleans. This trend increased in the 1980s and 1990s, further integrating Mandeville into the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area.

Mandeville is home to Southeast Louisiana Hospital, a mental health facility. Louisiana governor Earl Long was committed here in 1959 amidst much controversy.

Mandeville is also home to the largest certified southern live oak tree, The Seven Sisters Oak.

Building smashed by Katrina's storm surge
Girod Street during the Hurricane Ike flood in 2008

Mandeville was affected by Hurricane Katrina's storm surge in August 2005 and received water and wind damage. Parts of the city also experinced less dramatic flooding when Lake Pontchartrain overflowed its banks due to Hurricane Ike in 2008. By 2009, most of the reconstruction from Katrina was completed. Many homes and businesses in areas that experienced flooding have been elevated.

Mandeville was named one of the Relocate America Top 100 Places to Live in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.[2]

Notable people

Mandeville is the home town of Cajun fiddler and bandleader Amanda Shaw, the rock group 12 Stones and current The Price Is Right model Rachel Reynolds, Lost actor Ian Somerhalder,National Youth Advocate Monet Forte'-Wilson, and Wilco bassist John Stirratt. Willem McCormick also lived in Mandeville for a few years while writing music before moving to Los Angeles, as did former US soccer national team player Jason Kreis before entering MLS. Sirius XM's The Mike Church Show is broadcast from a studio in Mandeville 5 days per week by Mike Church, who is a native of the city.

Mandeville has an active political scene, Eddie Price having been elected mayor for several terms commencing in 1996. Price stepped down as mayor on October 9, 2009, and subsequently pleaded guilty to charges including tax evasion and depriving citizens of honest services through mail fraud. The city council then selected Edward "Buddy" Lyons as interim mayor.[3]

The late Governor David C. Treen spent his latter years in Mandeville.

The District 89 state representative is Republican Timothy G. "Tim" Burns of Mandeville, who has served in the position since 2004.


Mandeville is located at 30°22′9″N 90°4′41″W / 30.36917°N 90.07806°W / 30.36917; -90.07806 (30.369282, -90.078006)[4] and has an elevation of 7 feet (2.1 m)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.6 km²), all of it land.


Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 10,489 people, 4,204 households, and 2,724 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,543.1 people per square mile (595.6/km²). There were 4,669 housing units at an average density of 686.9 per square mile (265.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.15% White, 4.79% African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.43% of the population.

There were 4,204 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were approximately 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were approximately 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $52,500, and the median income for a family was $70,043. Males had a median income of $50,891 versus $30,554 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,420. About 4.9% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.

Mandeville profile


  • Population: 11,874
  • Population growth: 12.1%
  • Residents per square mile
  • Population density: 1,804
  • Median age: 38 years
  • Median income: $63,542
  • Cost of living index: 102 (100 = national average, 110 = 10% more expensive)

Jobs and politics

  • Unemployment rate: 3.8%
  • Recent job growth: 1.5%
  • Future job growth: 25.8%
  • Democrat: 24.5%
  • Republican: 74.6%
  • Independent (others): 0.7%


  • Median home age: 19 years
  • Median home value: $276,075


  • School expenditures per pupil: $5,283
  • Pupil/teacher ratio: 14
  • Students/Librarian: 342
  • Students/Counselor: 124


  • January avg temp: 41°F
  • July avg temp: 92°F
  • Sunny days: 218
  • Precipitation days: 105
  • Rainfall (inches): 59
  • Snowfall (inches): 0

Sister city

Mandeville has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:


  1. ^ "Querbes, Andrew". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Relocate-America's 2008 Top 100 Places to Live
  3. ^ Cindy Chang, "Mandeville mayor resigns under fire" in Times-Picayune, 2009 October 10, pp. A1, A11; "Mayor Price's resignation" in Times-Picayune, 2009 October 10, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B4; Cindy Chang, "Council to pick interim mayor: Mandeville then will call special election" in Times-Picayune, 2009 October 12, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. B1, B2. Kia Hall Hayes, "North Shore city selects leader" in Times-Picayune, 2009 October 18, Metro Edition, pp. A1, A8. Suzanne Le Breton, "Lyons named interim mayor for Mandeville" in St. Tammany News, 2009 October 18 (Vol. 5 No. 21), pp. 1A, 6A.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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