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    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Ponchatoula is a town in Louisiana with a population of 7,015. Ponchatoula is in Tangipahoa Parish. Living in Ponchatoula offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Ponchatoula and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Ponchatoula are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$144,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$791
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Ponchatoula Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    902
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    27.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    205
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,913.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    6,368.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    273.3
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    20%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Ponchatoula

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,681
National
$55,322
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Ponchatoula Reviews

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Ponchatoula is like any other small town. It's old, and it has a "world famous" festival. In Ponchatoula's case, it's the strawberry festival. The schools in Ponchatoula are barely adequate, they are over crowded and underfunded, which makes them like any other public school. The town itself is full of antique shops and craft stores. Ponchatoula becomes very rural very quickly once the town limits are crossed. There is a bar, about 5 miles East of the town that was a location for the movie Hot Pursuit, with Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara, but not many people know that. The rural areas are becoming less rural, with over 2500 houses being built in the past 4 years. However, there are no new stores or restaurants opening up despite the growing population. Overall, Ponchatoula is just another small town in rural Louisiana.
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I’m from Metairie Originally and have lived in Ponchatoula for about 1 year and 2 months. Moved up here after I got married and have been working up here for 3 years. Its very quiet, but there’s still things to do around here. Hammond is also not far away. I’ve made friends with my neighbors. Everyone is more friendly up here than in the city, which I like. It’ll be a great place to raise kids as well. The stores are also not as crowded. I may be a city girl at heart but I am enjoying the country life too.
There are things to do but after awhile, it gets boring. Sure, a small town with a couple of antique stores and yeah, Hammond is around but once you get bored of both areas...where do you go then? The nearest place that's worth going to is Baton Rouge, or New Orleans or Lafayette but no one is going to drive there. More of a retirement town, and the schools are okay but they care too much about unimportant things. I like it but I'd move somewhere else if I could.