Houma, LA Community Information
Houma, the seat of Terrebonne Parish, about an hour southwest of New Orleans, is an historic community at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole country. Here is where residents and tourists enjoy the music, food and other cultural elements of life in southwest Louisiana.
Homebuyers looking for the perfectly placed city that can offer the best of all worlds — a combination of urban and country living, suburban qualities and hometown amenities all at once — should look no further than Houma. Homes of every architectural description are available in newly designed communities and in redeveloping historic areas, close to every aspect of Louisiana’s renowned hunting, fishing and boating venues. Historic homes have been painstakingly maintained for hundreds of years while the boldest of new designs can be found in other neighborhoods. Traditional ranch-style homes, cottages of every size and an unusual amount of vacant land ripe for welcome development are also available.
A historic downtown district, where the architectural wonders of the 1800’s have been brought back to service, now also serves as an important meeting place for residents and tourists alike. Major businesses (oil and gas, shipbuilding, seafood, medical and military) provide well-paid employment to many area residents.
Those looking for a new home or business in the area will find it to be a family-friendly and affordable place to live, a place that confidently displays some of the best characteristics of Louisiana.
Houma, LA on the Map
Houma (about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans, most of zip code 70360, about 14 square miles) is mapped approximately from 6th and 7th Streets and Highways 459 and 311 on the north, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Industrial Boulevard on the south, west of Alex Street and South Hollywood Road on the west and along East Main Street and Highways 24 and 56 on the east.
Map of Houma, LA including homes for sale Marked with flags. Click map to see more homes for sale
Barrios Subdivision on 2 tree-shaded lots, with a mother-in-law home and an in-ground swimming pool - Houma, LA
How To Get To and From Houma, LA
Houma is situated on a convenient stretch of Highway 90 in this south-central part of Louisiana. Other state and US highways also crisscross this region. The community is an hour from New Orleans, about two hours from Baton Rouge on the north and about five hours to Houston on the west.
The Houma-Terrebonne Airport services the city with daily connecting flights. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is a short trip northeast. A mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse the communities surrounding Houma.
Sugar Mill area home with heated pool - Houma, LA
Houma, LA Features
Many longtime Houma residents who can trace their French, Creole and Indian ancestry back hundreds of years — and new residents interested in the Cajun flavor of this part of Louisiana — happily call the Houma area their comfortable home. The region is dotted with sought-after Cajun and seafood restaurants and the calendars here are filled with annual festivals of food, music and culture.
The suburban areas around Houma, including the quickly developing Bayou Cane community, also serve as a source of entertainment and activities. Houma is also known for its beautifully restored and maintained downtown area where the Louisiana Main Street program is alive and well. Legendary churches and renovated residential and commercial buildings are always worth a downtown visit.
Swamp tours, fishing and boating charters, along with day trips to all of Cajun country also keep locals and tourists busy. Among the most popular attractions and events in the area include the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge (alligators, eagles and other migratory birds and wildfowl to see), the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, Folklife Cultural Center, the Regional Military Museum and Southdown Manor (a restored 19th-century sugar planation manor). Add the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center for concerts, conventions and trade shows and you get a sense of why residents set up home here.
Families appreciate the top-rated schools and the historic places of worship. They happily embrace Louisiana’s rustic roots while enjoying the combination of big-city amenities and small-town Louisiana culture and comfort.
3 bedroom 2 bath home on a corner lot in Evangeline Heights Subdivision - Houma, LA
Houma, LA Demographics
- Population: 34,000 (nearly 90,000 if you include Bayou Cane residents)
- Schools: There are more than 70 public, private and parochial schools and many independent preschools. Several technical colleges are also located here.
- Healthcare: Terrebonne General Hospital, the Leonard Chabert Medical Center and the 30-bed Physicians Medical Center of Houma are headquartered here. Other local surgical centers, medical facilities, urgent care centers and clinics are also available, along with the full-service hospitals, surgical centers, medical office complexes and clinics in nearby New Orleans.
- Churches: There are nearly 100 churches of every denomination in Houma proper.