Overview

Introduction to Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in Ascension county, is 24 miles S of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center) and 55 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is in the Baton Rouge area.

Donaldsonville History

In 1758 the Acadians began to settle in this area. The territory was ruled by the Spanish during 1772. During this time the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church of Lafourche of the Chitimaches was constructed. The French regained their control over this region and it became a division of the Louisiana Purchase by the United States in 1803. The city has been named after William Donaldson, the landowner. Donaldson commissioned Barthélemy Lafon, architect and planner to plan the new city in 1806.

Donaldsonville and nearby Attractions

  • Louisiana Naval War Memorial - USS Kidd
  • Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site
  • Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site
  • Blue Bayou Waterpark
  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Things To Do In Donaldsonville

Visitors may enjoy a trip to the Lake Fausse Pointe State Park and Tickfaw State Park, which provide several recreational facilities like camping, fishing, boating, and hiking. One may also visit the local churches like the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and Church of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The city also hosts several festivals like Juneteenth Family Reunion and Festival in the month of June and Sunshine Festival in the month of October.

Donaldsonville Transportation

The nearest international airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Donaldsonville Higher Education

Higher education is provided by several institutions. Nicholls State University, Southern University and A & M College, and Southeastern Louisiana University are a few to name.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,090
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens17.7%
Employed Population 16+2,822
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married32.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23%
Median Earnings25+$25,209
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,439
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,875

Wealth

Median Family Income$38,164
% Above Poverty Level60.6%
% Below Poverty Level39.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.7%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone31.4%
Median Gross Rent$617
Median House Value$110,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)64.1%
French Except Basque14.3%
African12.6%
Italian4.9%
German2.3%
Irish1.2%
English0.8%
Polish0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Dutch0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Donaldsonville Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyAscension Parish
Standard Zip Codes70346
Phone Area Codes225
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.09
Approximate Longitude-90.99

Donaldsonville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDONALDSONVILLE 4 SW
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp41 to 61 F
Apr Temp57 to 78 F
Jul Temp73 to 91 F
Oct Temp58 to 80 F
Annual Precip61.7 inches
StationCARVILLE 2 SW
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp41 to 61 F
Apr Temp57 to 78 F
Jul Temp73 to 91 F
Oct Temp58 to 80 F
Annual Precip60.7 inches
StationBRUSLY 2 W
Distance25.5 miles
Jan Temp38 to 61 F
Apr Temp55 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip62.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
French Settlement1,133$66,667
Gonzales10,677$63,101
Napoleonville662$38,000
Sorrento1,809$62,411
St. Gabriel7,200$70,863
White Castle1,970$30,729

Donaldsonville Public Libraries

Ascension Parish
500 MISSISSIPPI STREET
Donaldsonville, Louisiana
(225) 473-8052

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Donaldsonville Hospitals

Prevost Memorial Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
301 Memorial Dr
(225) 473-7931

Donaldsonville Public Schools

Donaldsonville High School
100 Tiger Drive
ZIP: 70346
(225) 391-7900
High
Total Enrollment 469
Donaldsonville Primary School
38210 Hwy 3089
ZIP: 70346
(225) 391-7600
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Lowery Elementary School
2389-b Hwy 1 South
ZIP: 70346
(225) 391-7500
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Lowery Middle School
2389-a Hwy 1 South
ZIP: 70346
(225) 391-7550
Middle
Total Enrollment 346

Donaldsonville Private Schools

Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School
618 Iberville St
ZIP: 70346
Elementary
Total Enrollment 226
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