Helpful Information


  • Ascension parish was created in 1807
  • Our parish is made up of 303 square miles of which 290 is land and 13 square miles is water
  • 20% of the square miles is on the west bank & 80% on the east side
  • Ascension Parish is approximately 25 minutes outside of Baton Rouge and 45 minutes from New Orleans
  • One of the fastest growing Parishes in the State.

Fun Facts

  • In 1946, the company Blue Runner Red Beans moved to its current location in Gonzales, Louisiana, where all of their products are still produced to this day.
  • Ascension Parish has been the backdrop of numerous films for over 50 years because of its diverse scenes and easy access.
  • The City of Gonzales holds the title as “Jambalaya Capital of the World”
  • Jambalaya Festival Association holds the Guinness Book World Record for World’s largest pot of Jambalaya.
  • Ascension Parish’s Historic City of Donaldsonville was the capitol of Louisiana from 1829-1831.


Weather Highlights

Annual Average Temperature: 68 Degrees
Summer High: the July high is around 91 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 41
Rain: averages 62 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


Ascension Parish has a total 42,976 households for a total population of 117,029 people

  • Gonzales: 40,470
  • Prairieville: 37,790
  • Donaldsonville: 11.441
  • St. Amant: 10,549
  • Geismer: 7,911
  • Sorrento: 2,399
  • Darrow: 1,912


Interstates: 10

U.S. Highways: 61

LA Highway: 30. 44

Distance to Major Cities (in miles)

New Orleans, LA: 50
Lafayette, LA: 80
Natchez, MS: 110
Biloxi, MS: 140
Houston, TX: 290
Dallas, TX: 440
Atlanta, GA: 520
Birmingham, AL: 240
Nashville, TN: 600