Introduction to Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Ponchatoula, Louisiana, in Tangipahoa county, is 33 miles N of Kenner, Louisiana (center to center) and 40 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city has a population of 5,180.

Ponchatoula History

Ponchatoula was founded in 1820 by William Akers. At that time it was a logging camp. The area was originally inhabited by the Indians. In fact, the city derived its name from an Indian term meaning "flowing hair". Ponchatoula was officially incorporated on February 12, 1861. The first railroad depot of the city was established in 1853. Ponchatoula is also known as the Strawberry Capital of the World.

Ponchatoula and nearby Attractions

  • Joyce Wildlife Management Area
  • Collinswood School Museum
  • Fairview - Riverside State Park
  • Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
  • Gateway Shopping Center
  • Tickfaw State Park

Things To Do In Ponchatoula

During your stay in Ponchatoula you can visit the Joyce Wildlife Management Area and Fairview - Riverside State Park. The city also offers easy access to several museums such as the Collinswood School Museum and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. The Berryland Shopping Center and Gateway Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. The city also organizes a number of recreational events and festivals like the Oktoberfest every year.

Ponchatoula Transportation

Flights can be availed from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Ponchatoula Higher Education

Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University of Louisiana, University of New Orleans, and many other universities and colleges offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 6,751
Male Share of the Population 44.2%
Female Share of the Population 55.8%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,932
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20%
Median Earnings25+ $27,776
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $7,090
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,410


Median Family Income $52,654
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 0.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.6%
Median Gross Rent $739
Median House Value $146,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 9.9%

Ponchatoula Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles N of Kenner, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Tangipahoa
Standard Zip Codes 70454
Phone Area Codes 985
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.438
Longitude -90.441

Ponchatoula Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station HAMMOND 5 E
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 62 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 81 F
Annual Precip 64 inches
Station AMITE
Distance 18.9 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 60 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 53 to 81 F
Annual Precip 65.7 inches
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 53 to 79 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 81 F
Annual Precip 64.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Albany 1,545 $76,250
Hammond 20,207 $49,654
Independence 1,913 $35,714
Killian 969 $69,286
Springfield 426 $48,750
Tickfaw 790 $47,750
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
  • BS in Business Administration - Project Management
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration
  • Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
  • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Network Management
  • A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.
  • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • M.Div: Homiletics
  • MA Christian Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Master of Science in Accounting - Forensic Accounting
  • MS in Management/Project Management
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Work toward your graduate degree with New England College Online.

  • M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education
  • About The University of Texas at Arlington

Ponchatoula High Schools

Serves 1,436 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

Study Online in Ponchatoula
Matching School Ads

Career and College Resources

Real-World Career Reports
Career References and Original Articles
College Directories and Lists
Additional Resources
Info for Ponchatoula Government Officials

Are you an official in the Ponchatoula government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top