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New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
388,182
New Orleans Population7
$
42,495
Median Income6
8.8
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

New Orleans is one of the fastest growing big cities in the United States since 2010, particularly for 65- to 74-year olds which grew by 78%, even though the median age has only increased by 1%

Age

36.3
Median Age7
31.5
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

New Orleans residents are mostly Black and the city is becoming less diverse as the Black community has grown by 30.1% since 2010, while the white community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 19.5%

Race

58.8
%
Louisiana Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

New Orleans has very high humidity, heavy rainfall, and few cold days, which is partially due to being situated near sea level off the Gulf Coast. The average humidity is 75%, the annual rainfall is 62 inches, and the temperature drops to 32°F or below only 10 days per year

Weather

31
%
Chance of Rain11
58
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature37

 

Housing

The average home value in New Orleans increased by 38% since 2010 which is 5% lower than the national average and 24% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,600
Monthly Average12
53
%
Renters38

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

New Orleans is a low tax location with income tax 26% lower than the national average and property tax 52% lower than the national average, but sales tax 38% higher than the national average.

Other

0.53
%
Property Tax21
9.45
%
Sales Tax19
0.1
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)39

 

Employment

New Orleans has a very low employment rate of 91% which is 2% lower than the national average. The largest employers are Fairmont Hotel & Resorts and Entergy

Income

21.0
%
<$25,0006
13.1
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

New Orleans is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results41

Representatives

Mayor28 LaToya Cantrell
Democratic
House of Representative28 Cedric Richmond
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, is 45.4 miles from the center of New Orleans, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Ochsner Medical Center, is 5.0 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 No
 

Safety

In Louisiana, 52.3% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, but gun ownership has marginally increased from 2000 when 50.5% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#11 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub31
#42 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades32
 

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