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"Crescent City"

New Orleans is in Orleans Parish.

It is the parish seat.

The community was named after city in France, and from the title of the Duc d'Orl?ans.

The latitude of New Orleans is 29.954N. The longitude is -90.075W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 0 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 469,032.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our New Orleans demographic reports
New Orleans is in the Mississippi River delta.
Settlement was at first discouraged by flooding and swamps; inmates from French prisons were brought in to build levees and fill in marshy areas.

After the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, the city developed as a busy port for the steamboats and tall ships plying the Mississippi.

World attention was riveted on the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Thousands of residents, predominantly poor, were trapped for days without sufficient food, water, health care or security from looters.

Public transportation: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4,596. The number of murders and homicides was 274. The violent crime rate was 9.7 per 1,000 people.
Drinks: Barq's root beer
Local foods: beignets, gumbo, muffaletta, etoufee, po' boys
Filming location for:
· 1991 movie, "JFK"
· 2006 movie, "Deja Vu"
· 1951 movie, "A Streetcar Named Desire"
· 2006 movie, "All the King's Men"
Setting for 1987 movie, "The Big Easy," starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranked No. 5 in percentage black population (67.3%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Louis Armstrong, musician
· Lillian Hellman, playwright
· Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy
· Brothers Branford and Wynton Marsalis, musicians
· Neville brothers, musicians
· Randy Newman, musician
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Cafe du Monde, Starbucks, PJ?s Coffee
Local festivals include:
  • Mardi Gras - Feb. 5, 2008
  • Creole Tomato Festival - June 9, 2007
  • Seafood Festival - June 8-10, 2007
  • Soul Fest - June 16-17, 2007
  • Essence Festival - Jully 5-7, 2007
  • Greek Festival - May 25-27, 2007
  • Satchmo Summerfest - Aug. 2-5, 2007
  • Louisiana Swamp Fest - Nov. 3-4, 2007
  • Bayou Bacchanal - Nov. 9-11, 2007
Dates often change. Check New Orleans web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Opera Association
Public spaces: Jackson Square
New Orleans attractions: Jazzland, Preservation Hall, Aquarium of the Americas, casinos
Sports teams: Hornets (NBA), Saints (NFL), Zephyrs (minor league baseball), Voodoo (Arena Football League)
Historic sites and museums: Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Confederate Civil War Museum, Historic New Orleans Collection, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, D-Day Museum
Colleges and universities: Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans, Dillard University, Xavier University of Louisiana
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 167
What an oddly characteristic thing it would be if it was a flood that saved New Orleans.
-- The New York Times Magazine, Oct. 9, 2005
Michael Lewis
· "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?"
· "City of New Orleans"
· "Battle of New Orleans"

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Neighborhoods in New Orleans include Algiers Point, Audubon, Bayou Saint John, Behrman, Black Pearl, Broadmoor, Bywater, Central Business District, Central City, Desire Area ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in New Orleans include Algiers Point, Audubon, Bayou Saint John, Behrman, Black Pearl, Broadmoor, Bywater, Central Business District, Central City, Desire Area ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about New Orleans demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Orleans Parish economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, New Orleans area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 70117 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

6% of New Orleans residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the New Orleans ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in New Orleans was $17,258, compared with $21,587 nationally.


26% of New Orleans residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in New Orleans include Algiers Point, Bywater Historic District, Carrollton Historic District, Central City Historic District, Esplanade Ridge Historic District, Garden District, Holy Cross Historic District, Lower Garden District, Uptown New Orleans Historic District, Vieux Carr? Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in New Orleans, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $378.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $910.


Libraries in New Orleans include Algiers Point Branch, Algiers Regional Branch, Alvar Branch, Children's Resource Center (Napoleon Branch), East New Orleans Regional Branch, Keller Branch, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, Milton H. Latter Branch, New Orleans Public Library, Nix Branch ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in New Orleans include New Orleans Times-Picayune

TV stations in New Orleans include WDSU, WGNO, WHNO, WLAE, WNOL, WPXL, WVUE, WWL, WYES.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WWNO.

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Orleans Parish supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our New Orleans political report.

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New Orleans restaurants taking online reservations include Arnaud's, Bacco, Bombay Club Restaurant & Martini Bistro, Cafe Giovanni, Cochon, Cuvee, Emeril's Delmonico, Emeril's Restaurant, GW Fins, Herbsaint ... View restaurants


The average commute time for New Orleans workers is 26 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 132 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in New Orleans between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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~ The New York Times Magazine, Oct. 9, 2005
Michael Lewis

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