As a small, intimate community within the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area, Port Allen offers the best of two lifestyles – country living and big city life.
Our community is a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family, and nurture friendships.
Featuring fabulous restaurants, great shopping, and many outstanding cultural events. Residents also enjoy quick, easy access to Louisiana State University, Southern University, and the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.
Port Allen is strategically located between Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 190 on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Port Allen is the governmental center of West Baton Rouge Parish, and offers many goods and services to its residents and others located in rural areas of the parish.
Port Allen takes great pride in its schools, with an emphasis on combining tradition with the latest technology. Several of our schools have recently undergone significant renovations – and Port Allen Middle School has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Constant updating of academic programs also prepare Port Allen’s young people to excel in the 21st century.
An excellent transportation system of highways, bridges, railroads, and navigable waterways enable the City of Port Allen to flourish and attract new businesses. In 2014, Louis Dreyfus Commodities signed a new lease on the city’s grain elevator facility (formerly operated by Cargill). The company has launched a $150 million expansion and modernization program that will also include a new dock for loading of barges. In addition, Genesis Energy is building a new bulk crude oil pipeline through the area – and Drax Biomass has based a new shipping facility in Port Allen to export its wood pellet fuel products worldwide.
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge serves barges and ocean-going vessels with excellent import and export facilities for all types of cargo. In addition, the port’s status as a Foreign Trade Zone makes it an economic value center of international commerce for the city and parish. The Port Allen Lock provides river barges and other vessel access to the Intracoastal Waterway, shortening the distance to the Gulf of Mexico by approximately 120 miles. In addition, several manufacturing and service distribution centers are located in Port Allen’s industrial park, Westport.
Port Allen is serviced by Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 190, both of which intersect with LA Highways 1 and 415. The Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific, and Canadian National Railroads also service the area. Terminal facilities within the parish area are also available for motor freight carriers.
Located just eight miles from Port Allen, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport offers services from several commercial airlines. United Parcel Service, Federal Express, and Airborne parcel pick-up and delivery services are also available in downtown Port Allen.
Combining outstanding resources for businesses with a family-friendly community, Port Allen is an ideal place to live and work. We invite you to visit us anytime and explore everything our great city has to offer.