Ascension Parish stretches across approximately 300 square miles between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Residential development is surging because of Ascension Parish’s ideal location, fruitful business climate and top-rated school system. The two major population centers in Ascension Parish are Prairieville and Gonzales, which each have unique offerings for residents. For demographic information on Ascension, visit our regional data page.
Gonzales is the largest municipality in Ascension Parish and serves as a commercial hub directly on Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Home of the Tanger Outlet Mall and a Cabela’s outdoor superstore, Gonzales draws tourists and shoppers from around the region.
Locals love Gonzales because:
- It has more retail and dining options than many other suburbs in the Capital Region.
- Two of the most anticipated festivals in the region are held in Gonzales every year, the Jambalaya Festival and the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship.
Prairieville is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state due in large part to its highly rated schools and affordable housing. Prairieville is a popular residential area for people working in the industrial sector in Ascension Parish, as well as for many professionals working in the business hub of East Baton Rouge Parish.
Locals love Prairieville because:
- The recent population boom has led to an increase in housing options, including newly constructed apartment complexes and single-family housing to fit any budget.
- Its next-door proximity to the city of Baton Rouge makes it very convenient to access the resources of the region’s hub. Development in Baton Rouge has been trending to the east, bringing amenities such as Woman’s Hospital, Home Depot, and an abundance of fast food and fine dining options closer to Prairieville.