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Overview

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.

People

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

Families

% 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

Wealth

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 %

Housing

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

Ancestry

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station FRANKLINTON 3 SW
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
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Ponchatoula High Schools

PONCHATOULA HIGH SCHOOL
19452 HIGHWAY 22 EAST
985-386-3514
Serves 1,436 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

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