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New Orleans, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana with a population of 387,637 as of July 1, 2020. 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 29.9546 and longitude -90.0751 in Orleans Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of New Orleans 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.

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


New Orleans, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 387,637 (100%)
Population in Households 374,183 (96.5%)
Population in Families 262,237 (67.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 13,454 ( 3.5%)
Population Density 2,288
Diversity Index2 59


Median Household Income $39,360
Average Household Income $68,204
% of Income for Mortgage4 25%
Per Capita Income $28,547
Wealth Index5 61


Total HU (Housing Units) 203,675 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 73,934 (36.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 87,575 (43.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 42,166 (20.7%)
Median Home Value $239,250
Average Home Value $333,640
Housing Affordability Index3 95


Total Households 161,509
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 84,038
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.18% 0.58%
Households 1.25% 0.62%
Families 0.9% 0.39%
Median Household Income   1.27%
Per Capita Income   1.84%
Owner Occupied HU   0.4%


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, 2020 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 Density # 38 92nd
Median Household Income # 266 44th
Housing Affordability Index # 28 6th
Per Capita Income # 96 80th
Diversity Index # 58 88th

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