Introduction to Port Allen, Louisiana

Port Allen, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge county, is 9 miles W of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and 79 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is considered part of the Baton Rouge metropolitan area. Port Allen’s population is 5,278.

Port Allen History

Port Allen was originally settled in 1809 and was known as the town of St. Michel. In 1878, the city acquired its present name. It was named in the honor of General Henry Watkins Allen. The first post office of the area was established in the 1870s. Port Allen was originally incorporated as a village on March 22, 1916. Port Allen became a town on March 14, 1923. T.L. Cronan was its first mayor. In 1916, it was reincorporated as the City of Port Allen.

Port Allen and nearby Attractions

  • Blue Bayou Waterpark
  • Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site
  • Rural Life Museum & Windrush Garden
  • West Baton Rouge Museum
  • Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

Things To Do In Port Allen

Port Allen is home to West Baton Rouge Museum, which is home to a preserved slave cabin from the 1850s. The City of Port Allen Railroad Depot depicts the life of railroad workers in the early 1900s. The scenic view of the Mississippi River and Baton Rouge can be enjoyed from the Mississippi Riverfront Development. Festivals like the Port Allen Bonfires on the Mississippi River, the West Baton Rouge Parish Fair, the Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete Festival and SugarFest are hosted by the city every year.

Port Allen Transportation

Baton Rouge Metropolitan is the nearest major airport.

Port Allen Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Southern University and A & M College, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Technical College-Baton Rouge Campus and Our Lady of the Lake College.


Total Population 5,150
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,218
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 34.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18%
Median Earnings25+ $30,497
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,290
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,688


Median Family Income $41,919
% Above Poverty Level 77.7%
% Below Poverty Level 22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $796
Median House Value $105,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.4%
US/American 0%
English 2%
Irish 5%

Port Allen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 79 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County West Baton Rouge
Metro Area Baton Rouge
Standard Zip Codes 70767
Phone Area Codes 225
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.47
Longitude -91.27

Port Allen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station BRUSLY 2 W
Distance 6 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
Distance 9.4 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
Distance 20.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Addis 4,004 $59,236
Baker 13,838 $49,130
Baton Rouge 229,353 $50,119
Brusly 2,603 $88,533
Grosse Tete 700 $56,932
Rosedale 1,021 $54,125

Port Allen Public Libraries

West Baton Rouge Parish Library
Port Allen, Louisiana
(225) 342-7920
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