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Overview

Introduction to Gonzales, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana, in Ascension county, is 18 miles SE of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center) and 54 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. Part of the surrounding Baton Rouge metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Gonzales is home to some 8,156 residents.

Gonzales History

The early settlers of Gonzales were usually of the French and Spanish ancestry. They settled with the Houma Indians who already lived in the area. Gonzales was incorporated as a village in 1922, by John Parker, the then Louisiana Governor. It became a town in 1952 and was finally incorporated as a city in 1977.

Gonzales and nearby Attractions

  • Tee Joe Gonzales Museum
  • New River Shopping Center
  • Gonzales Municipal Park
  • Southside Church of Christ

Things To Do In Gonzales

Tourists in Gonzales love to be in the Tee Joe Gonzales Museum. Shopping is a fun filled activity at the New River Shopping Center, Eastbank Shopping Center, and the Bayou Plaza Shopping Center. Parks such as the Burnside Park, Gonzales Municipal Park, and the Dixie Youth Park are also worth visiting. The local churches include the Southside Church of Christ and the Gonzales United Methodist Church. The city organizes the Jambalaya Festival every year in the month of May. Oktoberfest is also celebrated by the city.

Gonzales Transportation

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Gonzales Higher Education

Ascension College is in Gonzales. Other higher education institutes close to Gonzales include Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University and A & M College, and Nicholls State University.

People

Total Population 10,137
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,701
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 45.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.2%
Median Earnings25+ $33,930
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,715
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,489

Wealth

Median Family Income $65,156
% Above Poverty Level 77.4%
% Below Poverty Level 22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $900
Median House Value $147,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 7.7%

Gonzales Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles SE of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 54 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Ascension
Metro Area Baton Rouge
Standard Zip Codes 70737
P.O. Box Zip Codes 70707
Phone Area Codes 225
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.238
Longitude -90.92

Gonzales Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station CARVILLE 2 SW
Distance 12.1 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 LSU BEN HUR FARM
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 55 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 61.4 inches
Station BRUSLY 2 W
Distance 23 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Donaldsonville 7,507 $38,835
French Settlement 1,283 $60,500
Port Vincent 907 $87,250
Sorrento 1,598 $65,000
St. Gabriel 6,796 $65,864
White Castle 2,317 $33,125

Gonzales Public Libraries

Library
Ascension Parish Library
708 SOUTH IRMA BOULEVARD
Gonzales, Louisiana
(225) 647-8924

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Gonzales Hospitals

ST ELIZABETH HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1125 WEST HIGHWAY 30
(225) 647-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Gonzales High Schools

EAST ASCENSION HIGH SCHOOL
612 EAST WORTHEY ROAD
225-621-2400
Serves 1,007 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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