Introduction to Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in Ascension county, is 24 miles S of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center) and 55 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is in the Baton Rouge area. There are 7,605 residents in Donaldsonville.

Donaldsonville History

In 1758 the Acadians began to settle in this area. The territory was ruled by the Spanish during 1772. During this time the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church of Lafourche of the Chitimaches was constructed. The French regained their control over this region and it became a division of the Louisiana Purchase by the United States in 1803. The city has been named after William Donaldson, the landowner. Donaldson commissioned Barthélemy Lafon, architect and planner to plan the new city in 1806.

Donaldsonville and nearby Attractions

  • Louisiana Naval War Memorial - USS Kidd
  • Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site
  • Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site
  • Blue Bayou Waterpark
  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Things To Do In Donaldsonville

Visitors may enjoy a trip to the Lake Fausse Pointe State Park and Tickfaw State Park, which provide several recreational facilities like camping, fishing, boating, and hiking. One may also visit the local churches like the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and Church of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The city also hosts several festivals like Juneteenth Family Reunion and Festival in the month of June and Sunshine Festival in the month of October.

Donaldsonville Transportation

The nearest international airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Donaldsonville Higher Education

Higher education is provided by several institutions. Nicholls State University, Southern University and A & M College, and Southeastern Louisiana University are a few to name.


Total Population 7,507
Male Share of the Population 45%
Female Share of the Population 55%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,146
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 33.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.6%
Median Earnings25+ $27,023
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,386
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,065


Median Family Income $38,835
% Above Poverty Level 68.3%
% Below Poverty Level 31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 0.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 26.6%
Median Gross Rent $596
Median House Value $119,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.2%
US/American 0%
English 0.1%
Irish 1.9%

Donaldsonville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles S of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Ascension
Metro Area Baton Rouge
Standard Zip Codes 70346
Phone Area Codes 225
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.1
Longitude -90.992

Donaldsonville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 61.7 inches
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.7 inches
Station BRUSLY 2 W
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 62.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Donaldsonville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Donaldsonvlle (70346)

McCall (70346)

Modeste (70346)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
French Settlement 1,283 $60,500
Gonzales 10,137 $65,156
Napoleonville 615 $26,964
Sorrento 1,598 $65,000
St. Gabriel 6,796 $65,864
White Castle 2,317 $33,125
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Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

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