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Ascension Parish Facts Page

  • Ascension parish was created in 1807

  • Estimated 2014 population of the parish about 114,000

  • Ascension Parish is made up of 2 cities, and 1 town.The City of Gonzales, The City of Donaldsonville and the Town of Sorrento. There are also 39 unincorporated communities and 2 census designated areas.
  • Approximately 39,800 households

  • Ascension Parish is the fourth smallest Parish in Louisiana by total area.
  • 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

  • 11 Major Highways run through Ascension Parish
  • 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.
  • Over 8,540 businesses in our parish

  • Ascension Parish is the home of River Parish Community College, ranked among the fastest growing community and technical colleges in the nation.
  • Over 20,000 children are in the public school system

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 Worlds largest pot of Jambalaya.
  • Ascension Parish’s Historic City of Donaldsonville was the capitol of Louisiana from 1829-1831.


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