New Orleans, LA Profile: Facts & Data


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New Orleans, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana with a population of 392,887 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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New Orleans, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 392,887
Population in Households 379,463
Population in Familes 268,840
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,424
Population Density2 2,319
Diversity Index3 59


Median Household Income $38,144
Average Household Income $64,720
Per Capita Income $27,650


Total Housing Units 211,361 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 70,061 (33.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 93,868 (44.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 47,432 (22.4%)
Median Home Value $199,552
Average Home Value $294,469


Total Households 163,929
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 85,677
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.63% 0.89%
Households 1.74% 0.96%
Families 1.36% 0.7%
Median Household Income   0.82%
Per Capita Income   1.41%

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, 2018 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 # 41 92nd
Diversity Index # 55 88th
Median Household Income # 266 44th
Per Capita Income # 79 84th

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