Ponchatoula is a somewhat small city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 7,369 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 real estate is some of the most expensive in Louisiana, although Ponchatoula house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities, Ponchatoula isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ponchatoula are a mix of both white- and blue-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.
In Ponchatoula, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.34 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Being a small city, Ponchatoula does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In terms of college education, Ponchatoula is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.03% of adults 25 and older in Ponchatoula have a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.