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. 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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although New Orleans is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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 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.