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Covington, Louisiana
City of Covington
St. Tammany Parish Justice Center
St. Tammany Parish Justice Center
Location of Covington in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Covington in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. Tammany
Founded 1813
 • Total 8.15 sq mi (21.12 km2)
 • Land 8.02 sq mi (20.77 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.35 km2)
26 ft (8 m)
 • Total 11,564
 • Density 1,441.90/sq mi (556.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
70433, 70434, 70435
Area code(s) 985
FIPS code 22-18125

Covington is a city in, and the parish seat of, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,564 at the 2020 United States census. It is located at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte River. Covington is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner metropolitan statistical area.


Train at Covington LA 1907 Postcard
A train at Covington in 1907.

The earliest known settlement by Europeans in the area was in 1800 by Jacques Drieux. In 1813, John Wharton Collins established a town there with the name of Wharton. He is buried on the corner of the city cemetery directly across from the Covington Police Department. There are conflicting stories about how the city came to be named Covington. Many historians believe the city was renamed after General Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812. However, local historian Judge Steve Ellis floats another theory centered on the suggestion by Jesse Jones, a local attorney, that the city be named in honor of the Blue Grass whiskey---made in Covington, Kentucky---enjoyed by town officials.

In any case, Leonard Covington is the namesake of both towns. Initially, commerce was brought to Covington via boat up the Bogue Falaya River, which used the Tchefuncte River as a means of passage to and from Lake Pontchartrain. Then in 1888, the railroad came to town. Much of those rails are now occupied by the Tammany Trace, a thirty-one mile bike trail running through multiple cities north of Lake Pontchartrain.

In the late 20th century, with the expansion of Louisiana's road system, many people who worked in New Orleans started living in Covington, commuting to work via the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. This is considered to be associated with white flight out of New Orleans, though the Jefferson Parish area saw the most expansion during that period.

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Slidell, but Covington was sufficiently elevated to escape the massive storm surge; however, the city suffered devastating wind damage. Following the storm, Covington, along with the rest of the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, experienced a population boom as a result of many former inhabitants of the New Orleans area being forced to move out of their storm-ravaged homes. The town's population continues to grow.


Covington is located at 30°28′44″N 90°6′15″W / 30.47889°N 90.10417°W / 30.47889; -90.10417 (30.479002, -90.104029) and has an elevation of 26 feet (7.9 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.2 km2), of which 8.0 square miles (20.7 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 2.60%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 585
1880 567 −3.1%
1890 976 72.1%
1900 1,205 23.5%
1910 2,601 115.9%
1920 2,942 13.1%
1930 3,208 9.0%
1940 4,123 28.5%
1950 5,113 24.0%
1960 6,754 32.1%
1970 7,170 6.2%
1980 7,892 10.1%
1990 7,691 −2.5%
2000 8,483 10.3%
2010 8,765 3.3%
2020 11,564 31.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
Covington racial composition as of 2020
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 8,208 70.98%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,941 16.78%
Native American 31 0.27%
Asian 99 0.86%
Pacific Islander 7 0.06%
Other/Mixed 506 4.38%
Hispanic or Latino 772 6.68%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,564 people, 3,710 households, and 2,546 families residing in the city. In 2010, the population of Covington was 8,765. At the 2000 United States census, there were 8,483 people, 3,258 households, and 2,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,248.0 people per square mile (481.7/km2). As of 2010, there were 3,565 housing units at an average density of 524.5 per square mile (202.4/km2).

In 2000, the racial makeup of the city was 77.45% White, 20.17% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population. In 2019, the racial and ethnic makeup of the city was 77.6% White, 18.9% Black and African American, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.4% Asian, 0.6% some other race, and 2.3% two or more races.

At the 2000 U.S. census, there were 3,258 households, out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,949, and the median income for a family was $50,332. Males had a median income of $36,434 versus $23,859 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,438. About 11.8% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over. The 2019 American Community Survey determined the city had a median income of $71,548 and poverty rate of 13.4%.

Points of interest

St. Peter Catholic Church
St. Peter Catholic Church

A 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) statue of Ronald Reagan on a 6-foot (1.8 m) base is reputed to be the world's largest of the former president.

The Covington Trailhead is the start of Tammany Trace, a 31-mile paved trail for hikers and bicyclists, which connects Covington with Mandeville, Abita Springs, and Lacombe.


Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, a subsidiary of the Japanese cooperative Zen-Noh, is headquartered in Covington.


St. Tammany Parish Public Schools operates public schools in Covington.

  • Covington High School (9-12)
  • Pitcher Junior High School (7-8)
  • Pine View Middle School (4-6)
  • Covington Elementary School (K-3)
  • Lyon Elementary School (K-3)

Lee Road Junior High School has a Covington address but is outside the city limits and not serving any portion of the city.

Notable people

  • Peggy Dow (Peggy Varnadow Helmerich), film actress and philanthropist, lived much of her childhood in Covington
  • Frank Burton Ellis, state senator (1940–1944), U.S. District Court judge, 1962–1965
  • Dave Fortman, guitarist for the band Ugly Kid Joe and current American music producer, graduated from Covington High School
  • Elizabeth Futral, opera soprano reared in Covington. Her father was minister of the Covington First Baptist Church for many years.
  • Daniel F. Galouye, science fiction writer
  • Katherine Haik, Miss Teen USA 2015
  • Robert Higgs, economist. Lived in Covington for several years.
  • Pete Maravich, NBA all-star, lived in Covington until his death in 1988
  • Walker Percy, author and essayist, lived in Covington until his death in 1990
  • Harry Reeks, landscape painter and combat artist for the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Leon Rene, songwriter
  • Amy Serrano, filmmaker, poet, essayist, and humanitarian
  • Amanda Shaw, Cajun fiddler, singer, and actress
  • Ian Somerhalder, actor and model, born in Covington
  • Stephen Stills, musician
  • Hank Stram, NFL Hall of Fame Coach. Lived in Covington until his death in July 2005
  • Lauren Turner, singer/songwriter, American Idol contestant season 10, graduated from Covington High School
  • Greta Valenti, television producer
  • Theo Von, comedian, grew up in Covington

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