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New Orleans, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana with a population of 388,540 as of July 1, 2016. New Orleans ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for New Orleans is located at latitude 30.0534 and longitude -89.9345 in Orleans Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of New Orleans (see map below) encompass a land area of 169.42 sq. miles and a water area of 180.43 sq. miles. Orleans Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 0 feet.

The City of New Orleans (GNIS ID: 545142) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of New Orleans is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Orleans Parish.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with New Orleans population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for New Orleans: Big Easy, Crescent City, Nawlins, Neu Orleans, Neuva Orleans, Nieuw Orleans, NOLA, Nouvelle Orleans, Nueva Orleans.

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New Orleans, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 388,540
Population in Households 375,140
Population in Familes 265,140
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,400
Population Density1 2,293
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 163,396
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 86,082
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 217,588 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 70,200 (32.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 93,196 (42.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 54,192 (24.9%)
Median Home Value $197,345
Average Home Value $275,997


Median Household Income $37,227
Average Household Income $62,432
Per Capita Income $26,908
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.98% 1.65%
Households 2.25% 1.85%
Families 1.88% 1.61%
Median Household Income   0.89%
Per Capita Income   1.54%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

New Orleans, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Orleans to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 42 91st
Diversity Index2 # 50 90th
Median Household Income # 276 42nd
Per Capita Income # 75 84th

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