New Orleans, LA
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Living in New Orleans


New Orleans is a large city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 393,292 people and 189 constituent neighborhoods, New Orleans is the largest community in Louisiana. Much of the housing stock in New Orleans was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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.

New Orleans is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.10% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (10.84%), management occupations (10.08%), and sales jobs (9.59%).

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 a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of New Orleans. This makes New Orleans a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, New Orleans presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

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 citizens of New Orleans are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.48% of adults in New Orleans have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Orleans in 2010 was $29,275, which is wealthy relative to Louisiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $117,100 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 German, Irish, French, African, and English.

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