Ponchatoula is a somewhat small city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 7,822 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ponchatoula is the 76th largest community in Louisiana. Ponchatoula has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Ponchatoula, where the median household income is $41,184.00.
Ponchatoula is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ponchatoula is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ponchatoula who work in sales jobs (17.51%), office and administrative support (9.00%), and management occupations (7.73%).
Also of interest is that Ponchatoula has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One downside of living in Ponchatoula, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.34 minutes every day commuting to work.
As is often the case in a small city, Ponchatoula doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Ponchatoula citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.03% of adults 25 and older in Ponchatoula have a college degree.
The per capita income in Ponchatoula in 2018 was $25,988, which is upper middle income relative to Louisiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,952 for a family of four. However, Ponchatoula contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Ponchatoula is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ponchatoula home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ponchatoula residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ponchatoula include French, German, Irish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Ponchatoula is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.