New Orleans, LA
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New Orleans is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 389,617 people and 189 constituent neighborhoods, New Orleans is the largest community in Louisiana.

New Orleans real estate is some of the most expensive in Louisiana, although New Orleans house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, New Orleans isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in New Orleans are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, New Orleans is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Orleans who work in office and administrative support (10.52%), food service (9.81%), and management occupations (9.54%).

Of important note, New Orleans is also a city of artists. New Orleans has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape New Orleans’s character.

New Orleans is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

New Orleans, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of New Orleans are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The education level of New Orleans citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.30% of adults in New Orleans have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Orleans in 2010 was $27,721, which is wealthy relative to Louisiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,884 for a family of four. However, New Orleans contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

New Orleans is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Orleans home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Orleans residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in New Orleans include French , Irish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in New Orleans is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.