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Ponchatoula, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Ponchatoula had a population of 7,065 as of July 1, 2017. Ponchatoula ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ponchatoula is located at latitude 30.4406 and longitude -90.4428 in Tangipahoa Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Ponchatoula (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Tangipahoa Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 26 feet.

The City of Ponchatoula (GNIS ID: 2404548) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Ponchatoula is located within Parish Governing Authority District 10, a minor civil division (MCD) of Tangipahoa Parish.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ponchatoula population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Ponchatoula, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,065
Daytime Population: Workers 3,419
Daytime Population: Residents 3,855
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 7,274
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 7,022
Population in Familes 5,657
Population in Group Qrtrs 43
Population Density2 1,487
Diversity Index3 52


Median Household Income $40,255
Average Household Income $55,409
Per Capita Income $22,236


Total Housing Units 3,096 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,792 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,019 (32.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 286 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $172,012
Average Home Value $174,833


Total Households 2,810
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 1,849
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.03% 1.14%
Households 1.18% 1.24%
Families 1.13% 1.04%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.81%

Ponchatoula, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ponchatoula to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 91 81st
Population Density # 86 82nd
Diversity Index # 171 65th
Median Household Income # 237 50th
Per Capita Income # 225 53rd

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