Prairieville, Louisiana

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Prairieville, Louisiana
Prairieville, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Prairieville, Louisiana
Prairieville, Louisiana
Location of Prairieville in Louisiana
Coordinates: 30°18′11″N 90°58′19″W / 30.30306°N 90.97194°W / 30.30306; -90.97194Coordinates: 30°18′11″N 90°58′19″W / 30.30306°N 90.97194°W / 30.30306; -90.97194
CountryUnited States
 • Total22.08 sq mi (57.18 km2)
 • Land22.00 sq mi (56.97 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total33,197
 • Density1,509.09/sq mi (582.67/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code225
FIPS code22-62385

Prairieville is a census-designated place in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is south of Baton Rouge and north of Gonzales.

Prairieville is an expanding bedroom suburb of Baton Rouge. Its name is derived from the once plentiful pastures and prairies that were visible from Highway 73 (Jefferson Hwy.) and Airline Highway, which is now covered with development. Prairieville started off as a quiet community with few people.

In recent decades, Prairieville has benefited from migration out of Baton Rouge, with new residents particularly drawn to the area by its high-performing public schools and low crime rate. Prairieville had a 2020 census population of 33,197 inhabitants.[2] If it was incorporated it would be the largest city in Ascension Parish. Prairieville is in one of the fastest-growing areas in Louisiana. Prairieville's population is bigger than the parish's two largest incorporated cities, Donaldsonville (6,695) and Gonzales (12,231) combined.


Prairieville is vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical systems due to its proximity to the coast of southeast Louisiana. Hurricane Gustav caused major damage to the Prairieville area; many trees were downed and power lines were down for weeks.

Phillips Farm[edit]

The most notable local property was the Phillips Farm. The farmhouse is still a local landmark in Prairieville, although the original owner died in 2005. The house is lined with live oaks and a white planked fence surrounds the grounds. The pasture was sold in 1992 at the start of the suburban development and a 250-resident subdivision named "Seven Oaks" surrounds the farm where the pastures were.

In 2006, the farmhouse was sold at auction following the death of Dr. Carey A. Phillips. The 40-acre (160,000 m2) tract of land (including the house) has been made into a cemetery now called Oak Lane Memorial Park.


Prairieville's latitude is 30.302N, and the longitude is -90.971W. The elevation is 23 feet (7.0 m).


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

2020 census[edit]

Prairieville racial composition[4]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 23,477 70.72%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,835 14.56%
Native American 50 0.15%
Asian 825 2.49%
Pacific Islander 11 0.03%
Other/Mixed 1,230 3.71%
Hispanic or Latino 2,769 8.34%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 33,197 people, 10,928 households, and 8,428 families residing in the CDP.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2020 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Prairieville CDP, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  5. ^ Bill Lodge. "Philanthropist, founder of TJ Ribs, Ruffino's restaurants T.J. Moran dies at age 84, family friend says: Restaurateur funded medical outreach". Baton Rouge Advocate. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.