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 391,006 people and 189 constituent neighborhoods, New Orleans is the largest community in Louisiana. New Orleans has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 management occupations (10.01%), office and administrative support (9.92%), and food service (9.64%).

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.

One thing noticeable about New Orleans, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because New Orleans is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes New Orleans a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, New Orleans is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

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: 36.82% of adults in New Orleans have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Orleans in 2018 was $30,177, which is wealthy relative to Louisiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $120,708 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, French, Irish, African, and English.

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