Quality of Life

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St. Charles Parish is becoming an increasingly popular place to work, live and play. In fact, Places Rated Almanac placed the entire region in the top 10 percent of its list of best places to live in the United States. The climate, availability of dependable medical services, beautiful parks, stocked libraries and seasonal festivals are just a few of the reasons there is more to life in St. Charles Parish.


Climate
St. Charles Parish enjoys a complete seasonal cycle with beautiful spring and fall seasons. Louisiana’s pleasant climate throughout the year gives way to a variety of year-round sporting activities. Winter months are usually mild with short cold spells. The average January temperature is 54 degrees Fahrenheit. The summer months are quite warm, with an average daily temperature in July of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual precipitation averages 54 inches.


Medical Services
St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling has 59 beds, and the St. Charles Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center, provides skilled medical care for residents of the parish. A large number of regional facilities, including Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center (Kenner), River Parishes Hospital and St. James Parish Hospital offer excellent medical care alternatives. Residents also have access to the vast medical services in the New Orleans area.


Parks
St. Charles Parish – laced by swamps, bayous and lakes and bisected by the Mississippi River – is a natural setting for water sports of all kinds, from fishing and swimming to water skiing, sailing and boat riding. In addition, numerous parks and playgrounds located throughout the parish feature baseball, softball and football programs.


Recreation
There is an abundance of recreational activities available to local residents. Resources include ball fields, country clubs, golf courses, private swimming pools and tennis courts.


Libraries
The St. Charles Parish Library System has six branches within the parish. The approximate number of volumes is 160,000, with 500 additions per month. The facilities offer reading and reference materials including periodicals, films and audio materials, as well as computer access.


Festivals
At several of the festivals held throughout the year in the parish, Cajun bands set feet dancing, and demonstrations of traditional crafts provide insight into the unique and colorful history of the area. Festivals include the Catfish Festival, held in June, the Alligator Festival, held in September and the Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival. These events feature works of talented artisans and craftspeople from the area and beyond. In addition, local churches also schedule fairs throughout the year.