One of the fastest growing parishes (counties) in the United States over the past several years, Ascension Parish is Our Community. Ascension Parish and surrounding areas offer a quality lifestyle. Because of its close access to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, amenities of the city such as universities, shopping malls, and cultural activities from world-class museums to symphonies and ballets, are readily available.
Ascension Parish is located in the heart of plantation country, and offers access to resplendent wildlife and scenery in the surrounding cypress swamplands. Home to a number of festivals including the Jambalaya Festival, the Boucherie Festival and the Louisiana Balloon Festival Ascension and surrounding areas are home to six major antebellum homes, three museums, Historic Site of Fort Butler as well as Tanger Outlet Center, Cabela's Outfitters, Houmas House Plantation, and Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
The area's phenomenal growth can be explained by years of investment by industry throughout the area, an excellent public school system, low crime, and a community of people who work together for the common good.
The area is serviced by the Louisiana Regional Airport (Gonzales, for personal/private aircraft), Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, and Louis Armstrong International Airport (New Orleans). Recreation includes Parish sponsored youth leagues including baseball/softball, soccer, and basketball, golf courses including the world-class Pelican Point, swimming, soccer, boating, hunting, and skiing on the Amite River.
In addition to Louisiana State and Southern Universities in Baton Rouge, and the University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans, Loyola, Tulane, and Xavier Universities in New Orleans, Ascension is home to the River Parishes Community College & Ascension Technical College, both in Sorrento.