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New Orleans, LA

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New Orleans is the largest city in the entire state of Louisiana, with a population of 343,829 as of the last U.S. Census. New Orleans is a port city located on the southernmost coast of the state, and it has a unique French influence due to its history as a French colony. Because of its unique culture and local attractions, New Orleans has become a popular tourist attraction for events such as Mardi Gras.

Key City Stats
The average age of New Orleans, LA is
25 to 29
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 8.93%
  • 7.05%
  • 6.73%
  • Female
  • 8.64%
  • 6.79%
  • 6.18%
is average rent in New Orleans, LA
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 4.75%
  • 4.8%
  • 5.81%
of units are available for rent in New Orleans
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 10000
  • 1332
  • 24131
Getting Around in New Orleans, LA

New Orleans has a mix of different types of transportation for those living within the city limits. Streetcars are more historic—having been popularized nearly a hundred years ago—but the city still has 3 active lines open today. The city uses Amtrak rail for transportation cross country, from Orlando to Los Angeles. A simple grid landscape make bikes and buses a popular transportation option as well.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
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The average commuter time in New Orleans is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 5.74%
  • 14.68%
  • 2.02%

Jazz Influence

<p>New Orleans is well known for its significant jazz influence. It started in the late 19th century with what were then known as "VooDoo rhythms", a cultural appropriation from African drums and dance rhythms. Soon, musicians began to incorporate European horns into the drums and Jazz was born. Jazz has grown significantly since its inception, but today it still has a major influence in New Orleans. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage station broadcasts jazz tunes 24 hours a day, and there are a wide variety of different jazz pubs and concerts to attend in the area.</p>

Mardi Gras

<p>Mardi Gras is a carnival celebration that takes place in early March of every year. New Orleans hosts the celebration, which has gained international fame for its colorful outfits, jazz music influence, and its wild and often raunchy partying in sections of the city like the French quarter. Mardi Gras often begins in the day with parades on local streets, where beads are thrown from Carnival krewes to the crowds below. Most people don't know that Mardi Gras is actually a legal state holiday, first sanctioned in 1875.</p>

Professional Sports

<p>New Orleans has two major professional sports teams, The New Orleans Saints, of the NFL, and the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. At one point, the city hosted an NBA team nicknamed the New Orleans Jazz for the city's musical roots. The Saints have been very successful in recent years, winning the Super Bowl in 2009. The city also hosts a major college football bowl game, The Sugar Bowl, which is held in the Louisiana Superdome. Sports, particularly football, is a major part of southern culture, and that is no different in New Orleans.</p>