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. New Orleans has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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.

One of the benefits of being a big city like New Orleans is having a public transportation system, but in New Orleans the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus New Orleans benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The population of New Orleans is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.