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 6,845
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,866
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 43.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $58,274
% Above Poverty Level 76.2%
% Below Poverty Level 23.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 0.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $736
Median House Value $142,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 10.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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 1,481 $70,726
Hammond 20,272 $47,886
Independence 1,613 $26,250
Killian 1,030 $69,519
Springfield 418 $53,438
Tickfaw 646 $47,059

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

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