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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
New Orleans is a city in Louisiana with a population of 389,648. New Orleans is in Orleans Parish. Living in New Orleans offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In New Orleans there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in New Orleans and residents tend to be liberal.
About New Orleans...
Population
389,648

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$219,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$973
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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New Orleans Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    646.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    37.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    171.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    307.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    511.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,290.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    755.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in New Orleans

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$39,576
National
$55,322
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While New Orleans is not a logical place to live, it steals your heart and soul!
New Orleans unfortunately has a high poverty and crime rate. We have potholes everywhere, and when it rains, you start praying that your car won't flood.

Despite it's problems, there are very few places in the U.S. I would rather live. The people that are drawn to New Orleans care are drawn to the city not for it's pragmatism. They are people that are drawn to the spiritual; to music and art, to culture. These are people that a value human experience and relationships.

We care about aesthetic. We care about celebrating life. It is all of these things that make me love New Orleans. These are the people I want to be surrounded by in life, because they remind me that life is bigger than ourselves. There is more to the world than the hamster wheel, the grind, our mundane and daily anxieties. New Orleans is a daily reminder that there is beauty in life and that people matter.
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The food, culture and people make this city truly unique! Take a trip down for Mardi Gras and experience the time of your life. Beads, doubloons, horns, and stuffed toys will fly. Stroll through the streets of the lower garden district, meet the people and observe the beauty of not only the stately homes but also the locals. Grab a snowball on a warm summer day and sit on the levee and watch the mighty Mississippi River roll by with a friend by your side then take a streetcar ride down the Avenue and watch the glorious oak trees go by. The magic of the Crescent City is not to be missed so make sure you put it on your bucket list!
I'm from New Orleans. I have to say that if you're looking for a lively city filled with culture and great cuisine, this is it. There are a lot of things to do, and there plenty of up and coming neighborhoods. However, my biggest complaint is the weather. Because I was born and raised here, I'm obviously used to the humidity and rain. But that also comes with frequent flooding. The city itself is also not very safe. Overall I'd say if you're looking for a great time, New Orleans is a good option!