New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans: The most populous city in Louisiana and the center of the New Orleans metropolitan area. It is located on the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana. New Orleans is known for its French and Spanish colonial influence, its jazz music, and its many attractions, such as the French Quarter and the Mardi Gras celebration.


New Orleans is a city located in the county of Orleans Parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its population at the 2010 census was 343,829 and a population density of 379 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 389,476 inhabitants.

The city was created 306 years ago in 1717.

New Orleans is a vibrant city located in southern Louisiana along the Mississippi River. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it's known for its lively music scene, Creole cuisine, and unique French/Spanish architecture.

With over 1.2 million residents in the metro area, New Orleans is the most populous city in Louisiana. Tourism is a major part of the local economy.

Top Attractions and Activities

French Quarter

This historic downtown neighborhood has restaurants, bars, live jazz clubs, and iconic landmarks like Jackson Square and Bourbon Street. Don't miss trying beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

Annual Festivals

The city hosts various world-famous festivals each year like Mardi Gras in February, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April/May, and more.

Swamp Tours

Louisiana's bayou country surrounds New Orleans. Tour companies offer guided boat rides for close-up views of wildlife, cypress forests, and wetland ecosystems.

National WWII Museum

This comprehensive museum covers all aspects of World War II through exhibits, artifacts, personal accounts, and immersive experiences indoors and outdoors.


New Orleans is considered one of the top food cities in America. Local specialties include gumbo, po' boys, jambalaya, muffulettas, and Cajun/Creole fare.

Planning Your Visit

Spring and fall have mild weather perfect for strolling the streets. Summer is very hot and humid.

Accommodations range from boutique hotels in the French Quarter to budget chains outside downtown.

The city is very walkable, with streetcars and buses providing public transportation. Live music and late-night revelry give New Orleans its 24-hour charm.

For a one-of-a-kind getaway with history, culture, and lively entertainment, New Orleans is a top choice. Let me know if you would like me to modify or expand upon anything in this initial post.

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Location of New Orleans on Louisiana map.

Quick Facts about New Orleans

Population : 389,476 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Louisiana (United States)
County : Orleans Parish
Postal code : 70117
Phone Area Codes : 504, 985
Area : 906.1 km2
Named for : Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France
Capital city : New Orleans is capital of Orleans Parish
Establishment : January 01, 1718 (306 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−06:00
Local time : 04:17:32 (26th February 2024)
Density : 430 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 11.72% (2010-2020)
New Orleans skyline-02 image
New Orleans skyline-02
New Orleans skyline-02 image


New Orleans is located at 29°57'17"N 90°4'30"W (29.9546500, -90.0750700). It has 4 neighbors: Jefferson Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Saint Bernard Parish and Saint Tammany Parish.

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The population of New Orleans increased by 11.72% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 343,829 - census
2011 360,735 4.69% estimation process
2012 369,787 2.45% estimation process
2013 378,637 2.34% estimation process
2014 383,940 1.38% estimation process
2015 389,742 1.49% estimation process
2016 391,843 0.54% estimation process
2017 391,493 -0.09% estimation process
2018 391,004 -0.13% estimation process
2019 390,144 -0.22% estimation process
2020 389,476 -0.17% estimation process

New Orleans zip code is 70112. County name: Orleans, County fips: 22071

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People born in New Orleans (200)

People born in New Orleans, including musician Roy Montrell, musician Paul Barbarin, musician Papa French, .


  • DJ Khaled (American DJ, record executive, songwriter, record producer, and media personality) he was born in 26/11/1975
  • Steve Brown (jazz musician best known for his work on string bass) he was born in 13/01/1890
  • Cheryl Benard (American researcher in political science) she was born in 01/01/1953
  • Paul Morphy (American chess player) he was born in 22/06/1837
  • Julian Sensley (German basketball player) he was born in 18/08/1982
  • Sherri Martel (American professional wrestler and manager) she was born in 08/02/1958
  • Deron Washington (American basketball player) he was born in 12/12/1985
  • Paul Carr (American actor) he was born in 01/02/1934
  • Thomas Ryan (United States Navy Medal of Honor recipient) he was born in 05/08/1901
  • Fred Weller (American actor) he was born in 18/04/1966
  • Kim McGuire (American actor and lawyer (1955-2016)) she was born in 01/12/1955
  • Bill Monroe (Moderator) he was born in 17/07/1920
  • Truman Capote (American author (1924-1984)) he was born in 30/09/1924
  • Fernando del Valle (American opera singer) he was born in 28/02/1964
  • Gerald Lewis (American basketball player-coach) he was born in 25/03/1971
  • Ben Turpin (American actor) he was born in 19/09/1869
  • Champion Jack Dupree (American blues pianist) he was born in 04/07/1910
  • Dorothy Lamour (American actress and singer) she was born in 10/12/1914

Schools in New Orleans

College & universities near New Orleans, LA

Code Name City ZIP
159373 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans New Orleans (LA) 70112-2223
158617 Crescent City Bartending School New Orleans (LA) 70119
160597 Stevensons Academy of Hair Design New Orleans (LA) 70114
160904 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans (LA) 70125-1098
487153 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans (LA) 70125-1056

Stations (7)

Amtrak & bus stations near New Orleans, LA

Code Name Address Type
NOL New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal 1001 Loyola Avenue UNK
SDL Slidell 1827 Front Street RAIL
HMD Hammond 404 N.E. Railroad Ave. RAIL
PIC Picayune US 11 at Tate Street RAIL
SCH Schriever Hwy 20 and Hwy 24 RAIL

Post offices near New Orleans

Post Office Name City ZIP
Lafayette Squar Post Office New Orleans (LA) 70130
N O Main Office Window Sv Post Office New Orleans (LA) 70113
New Orlean Post Office New Orleans (LA) 70113
Mid City Finan Post Office New Orleans (LA) 70119
Uptown Station Post Office New Orleans (LA) 70115

Distance to Other Cities

New Orleans distances to largest Louisiana cities

Map & Images (more maps)

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