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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, New Orleans is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (10.70%), food service (9.83%), and sales jobs (9.40%).

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

New Orleans is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but New Orleans really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, New Orleans citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in New Orleans ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in New Orleans a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The education level of New Orleans citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.44% of adults in New Orleans have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Orleans in 2010 was $27,255, which is wealthy relative to Louisiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,020 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, English, and Italian.

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