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All About

Living In New Orleans, LA

Getting to Know New Orleans, LA

When you think of New Orleans, you probably immediately picture the "bon temps" of Mardi Gras, local musicians playing jazz and the city's famous Creole cuisine. However, as one of the busiest ports in the world, New Orleans also acts as a strong force in the maritime industry. In addition, the city is home to Tulane University, one of the top research universities in the country.

 

Did You Know?

As part of the Louisiana Purchase, the city and its surrounding areas were sold to Napoleon Bonaparte during the early 19th century.

 

 

Neighborhoods and Apartments in New Orleans
Interested in knowing more about the area? Check out some of the unique neighborhoods New Orleans has to offer:

  • French Quarter: Also known as "Vieux Carre," this section of the city is the most well-known for its inclusion of Bourbon Street. Many of the buildings in this area date back to the early 1800s and have been reinvented as apartment homes.
  • Broadmoor: Located in the Uptown section of the city, Broadmoor is home to a Historic District with many buildings dating back hundreds of years. This area of the city is known for its ethnic diversity and rich culture.
  • Lakeview: This neighborhood is located near the Orleans Avenue Canal and close to Lake Pontchartrain. Houses in the area are mostly new construction due to rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The neighborhood is also home to the Robert E. Smith Branch Library.
  • Central Business District: Apartment dwellers flock to this area, where an array of old buildings have been renovated and repurposed to make it a vibrant and hip part of town.
  • Mid-City: This largely residential area is home to the famous Canal Street, which is a main thoroughfare in the city and boasts a number of historic buildings and restaurants. Shotgun-style homes are popular here.

 

Public Transportation and Commuting in New Orleans

Getting around New Orleans is easy thanks to a variety of public transportation options, including buses, streetcars and ferries.

 

Free Things To Do in New Orleans

If you're searching for free things to do, pack a picnic and enjoy lunch amidst the beautiful Spanish moss trees in New Orleans City Park, one of the oldest urban parks in the nation.

 

Top Five New Orleans Adventures:

  • Check out live music at Preservation Hall
    A famous musical venue dedicated to New Orleans jazz, Preservation Hall invites you to absorb the city's lively music scene and to dance the night away.
  • Eat beignets and drink chicory coffee at Café du Monde
    A New Orleans staple with world-famous coffee and pastries, Café du Monde should be high on your priority list.
  • Feel the rhythm at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
    Also known as "Jazz Fest," the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival draws visitors from around the world with its wide variety of music offerings that include not only jazz, but also local and international tunes.
  • Enjoy street food and local specialties
    New Orleans is home to beignets, jambalaya, gumbo, pralines and Yaka Mein, all delicious favorites worth sampling.
  • Take a steamboat ride on the Mississippi River
    The Natchez travels the length of New Orleans two times a day. Riders can enjoy an authentic steamboat experience, complete with a calliope.

 

Popular Sporting Teams and Events

With the Saints and Pelicans calling New Orleans home, attending an athletic event is a popular pastime in the city. Take a look at these beloved teams and events in New Orleans:

 

  • New Orleans Saints: Don your gold and black and make your way to Mercedes-Benz Superdome to cheer for the 2010 Super Bowl winners, the New Orleans Saints.
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Join Pierre the Pelican in rooting for the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans basketball team at the Smoothie King Center.
  • Sugar Bowl: New Orleans has hosted the annual Sugar Bowl, one of college football's most popular playoff events, since 1935.
  • Zurich Classic of New Orleans: Held every spring, the Zurich Classic is a popular golf tournament that has recently switched to a team-play format.
  • Tulane University: Cheer on the Tulane Green Wave in a variety of Division I NCAA college athletic events, including football, basketball and baseball games.

 

Family-friendly Activities in New Orleans

Bring the whole family to the Audubon Zoo or the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for a host of animal adventures, or head to the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park to take a spin on the antique wooden carousel and over a dozen other rides.

 

School District Information

The public education system in New Orleans is made up of mostly charter schools. A few of the highest-rated options include Lusher Charter School, Lake Forest Elementary Charter School and Benjamin Franklin High School.

 

Dining and Nightlife in NOLA

Finding fresh seafood, Cajun specialties or a good watering hole is easy in New Orleans, where the good times continuously roll. Head down Frenchmen Street and take your pick of live music joints, or make your way to the famous Bourbon Street to visit some of the most historic NOLA hangouts and restaurants.

 

Closest Beaches to New Orleans

There are plenty of beaches near New Orleans for those who want to enjoy sun and sand. Drive about 4 hours to Holly Beach, also known as the Cajun Riviera, or stay closer to home with an hour-and-a-half commute to Biloxi Beach in Mississippi, where white sand, blue water and a variety of entertainment options beckon.

Top Scores: Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Coffee

Things to do in New Orleans

Top Score

Grocery Stores

There are some super markets around here.
  1. A high number of grocery stores per resident
  2. Significantly more grocery stores than average
  3. 59% more grocery stores than areas of a similar size

Restaurants

Great service and no need for reservations. A great place for food.
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  1. A high number of restaurants per resident
  2. Significantly more restaurants than average
  3. A standard number of restaurants compared to areas of a similar size

Coffee

We're full of beans for New Orleans's coffee shop scene.
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  1. A high number of coffee shops per resident
  2. Significantly more coffee shops than average
  3. A standard number of coffee shops compared to areas of a similar size

Nightlife

Get your dance shoes on, New Orleans looks good for nightlife.
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  1. A high number of bars and clubs per resident
  2. Significantly more bars and clubs than average
  3. Significantly more bars and clubs than areas of a similar size

Fine Arts

This place gets the picture when it comes to art.
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  1. A high number of fine art centers per resident
  2. Significantly more fine art centers than average
  3. Significantly more fine art centers than areas of a similar size

Medical Care

The great medical care here is just what the doctor ordered.
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  1. A high number of medical facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more medical facilities than average
  3. A standard number of medical facilities compared to areas of a similar size

Gas Stations

You won't have to drive far to fill up around here.
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  1. A high number of gas stations per resident
  2. Significantly more gas stations than average
  3. A standard number of gas stations compared to areas of a similar size

Retail Shops

New Orleans's retail scene is in the bag.
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  1. Few shops per resident
  2. Significantly more shops than average
  3. A standard number of shops compared to areas of a similar size

Parks

You'll be living the park life in New Orleans.
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  1. Few parks per resident
  2. Significantly more parks than average
  3. 52% fewer parks than areas of a similar size

Health and Fitness

Looking good! New Orleans scores high for health and fitness.
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  1. Few gyms per resident
  2. Significantly more gyms than average
  3. A standard number of gyms compared to areas of a similar size

Pet Services

Sit. Stay. Good boy. New Orleans is a good place for pets.
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  1. Few pet facilities per resident
  2. Significantly more pet facilities than average
  3. A standard number of pet facilities compared to areas of a similar size

Cost of Living

Average Rent in New Orleans

Apr 20Mar 20Feb 20Jan 20Dec 19Nov 19Oct 19Sep 19Aug 19Jul 19Jun 19May 19
Studio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed
$1,155$1,494$1,872$2,030
1,1551,5051,8781,635
1,1131,5001,8771,635
1,1401,4851,8541,635
1,1551,4921,8541,635
1,1551,4871,8421,635
1,1571,4441,7981,440
1,1571,4301,7901,440
1,1371,4191,7741,435
1,1271,4121,7621,435
1,1271,4361,7691,435
1,1271,3001,7241,435
*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Education

Top Schools in New Orleans

  • Elementary
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Belle Chasse Primary School

539 F Edward Hebert Blvd
Grades PK-4 | Public
Apartments Near Belle Chasse Primary School
10/10
Great Schools®

Metairie Academy For Advanced Studies

201 Metairie Rd
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Metairie Academy For Advanced Studies
10/10
Great Schools®

Airline Park Academy For Advanced Studies

6201 Camphor St
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Airline Park Academy For Advanced Studies
9/10
Great Schools®

Gretna No. 2 Academy For Advanced Studies

701 Amelia St
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Gretna No. 2 Academy For Advanced Studies
9/10
Great Schools®

Chateau Estates Elementary School

4121 Medoc Dr
Grades K-8 | Public
Apartments Near Chateau Estates Elementary School
8/10
Great Schools®

Harold Keller Elementary School

5301 Irving St
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Harold Keller Elementary School
8/10
Great Schools®

J.C. Ellis Elementary School

801 Brockenbraugh Ct
Grades PK-7 | Public
Apartments Near J.C. Ellis Elementary School
8/10
Great Schools®

J.F. Gauthier School

1200 E La 46
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near J.F. Gauthier School
8/10
Great Schools®

Joseph J. Davies Elementary School

4101 Mistrot St
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Joseph J. Davies Elementary School
8/10
Great Schools®

Marrero Academy For Advanced Studies

2820 Mount Kennedy Dr
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Marrero Academy For Advanced Studies
8/10
Great Schools®

Belle Chasse Middle School

13476 Highway 23
Grades 4-8 | Public
Apartments Near Belle Chasse Middle School
7/10
Great Schools®

Bridgedale Elementary School

808 Zinnia Ave
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Bridgedale Elementary School
7/10
Great Schools®

Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School

140 Plantation Rd
Grades 3-5 | Public
Apartments Near Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School
7/10
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Harahan Elementary School

6723 Jefferson Hwy
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Harahan Elementary School
7/10
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Lakewood Elementary School

501 E Heather Dr
Grades 3-5 | Public
Apartments Near Lakewood Elementary School
7/10
Great Schools®

Matas, Rudolph Elementary School

1201 Elise Ave
Grades PK-7 | Public
Apartments Near Matas, Rudolph Elementary School
7/10
Great Schools®

Paul J. Solis Elementary School

2850 Mount Laurel Dr
Grades PK-5 | Public
Apartments Near Paul J. Solis Elementary School
7/10
Great Schools®

Estelle Elementary School

2800 Barataria Blvd
Grades PK-7 | Public
Apartments Near Estelle Elementary School
6/10
Great Schools®

Haynes Academy School For Advanced Studies

1416 Metairie Rd
Grades 6-12 | Public
Apartments Near Haynes Academy School For Advanced Studies
10/10
Great Schools®

Patrick F. Taylor Science And Technology Academy

701 Churchill Pywy
Grades 6-12 | Public
Apartments Near Patrick F. Taylor Science And Technology Academy
10/10
Great Schools®

Belle Chasse High School

8346 Highway 23
Grades 8-12 | Public
Apartments Near Belle Chasse High School
9/10
Great Schools®

L. W. Ruppel Academy For Advanced Studies

815 Huey P Long Ave
Grades 6-8 | Public
Apartments Near L. W. Ruppel Academy For Advanced Studies
9/10
Great Schools®

Chateau Estates Elementary School

4121 Medoc Dr
Grades K-8 | Public
Apartments Near Chateau Estates Elementary School
8/10
Great Schools®

Harry M. Hurst Middle School

170 Road Runner Ln
Grades 6-8 | Public
Apartments Near Harry M. Hurst Middle School
8/10
Great Schools®

J.C. Ellis Elementary School

801 Brockenbraugh Ct
Grades PK-7 | Public
Apartments Near J.C. Ellis Elementary School
8/10
Great Schools®

Albert Cammon Middle School

234 Pirate Dr
Grades 6-8 | Public
Apartments Near Albert Cammon Middle School
7/10
Great Schools®

Andrew Jackson Middle School

201 8th St
Grades 6-8 | Public
Apartments Near Andrew Jackson Middle School
7/10
Great Schools®

Belle Chasse Middle School

13476 Highway 23
Grades 4-8 | Public
Apartments Near Belle Chasse Middle School
7/10
Great Schools®

Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School

140 Plantation Rd
Grades 3-5 | Public
Apartments Near Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School
7/10
Great Schools®

Fisher Middle - High School

2529 Jean Lafitte Blvd
Grades 6-12 | Public
Apartments Near Fisher Middle - High School
7/10
Great Schools®

Lakewood Elementary School

501 E Heather Dr
Grades 3-5 | Public
Apartments Near Lakewood Elementary School
7/10
Great Schools®

Matas, Rudolph Elementary School

1201 Elise Ave
Grades PK-7 | Public
Apartments Near Matas, Rudolph Elementary School
7/10
Great Schools®

R.K. Smith Middle School

281 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy
Grades 6-8 | Public
Apartments Near R.K. Smith Middle School
7/10
Great Schools®

Destrehan High School

1 Wildcat Ln
Grades 8-12 | Public
Apartments Near Destrehan High School
6/10
Great Schools®

Estelle Elementary School

2800 Barataria Blvd
Grades PK-7 | Public
Apartments Near Estelle Elementary School
6/10
Great Schools®

Elanor Mcmain Secondary School

5712 S Claiborne Ave
Grades 7-12 | Public
Apartments Near Elanor Mcmain Secondary School
4/10
Great Schools®

Haynes Academy School For Advanced Studies

1416 Metairie Rd
Grades 6-12 | Public
Apartments Near Haynes Academy School For Advanced Studies
10/10
Great Schools®

New Orleans Center For Creative Arts

2800 Chartres St
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near New Orleans Center For Creative Arts
10/10
Great Schools®

Patrick F. Taylor Science And Technology Academy

701 Churchill Pywy
Grades 6-12 | Public
Apartments Near Patrick F. Taylor Science And Technology Academy
10/10
Great Schools®

Belle Chasse High School

8346 Highway 23
Grades 8-12 | Public
Apartments Near Belle Chasse High School
9/10
Great Schools®

Chalmette High School

1100 E Judge Perez Dr
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near Chalmette High School
7/10
Great Schools®

Fisher Middle - High School

2529 Jean Lafitte Blvd
Grades 6-12 | Public
Apartments Near Fisher Middle - High School
7/10
Great Schools®

Riverdale High School

240 Riverdale Dr
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near Riverdale High School
7/10
Great Schools®

Destrehan High School

1 Wildcat Ln
Grades 8-12 | Public
Apartments Near Destrehan High School
6/10
Great Schools®

Helen Cox High School

2200 Lapalco Blvd
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near Helen Cox High School
5/10
Great Schools®

Bonnabel, Alfred Magnet Academy High School

2801 Bruin Dr
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near Bonnabel, Alfred Magnet Academy High School
4/10
Great Schools®

East Jefferson High School

400 Phlox Ave
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near East Jefferson High School
4/10
Great Schools®

Elanor Mcmain Secondary School

5712 S Claiborne Ave
Grades 7-12 | Public
Apartments Near Elanor Mcmain Secondary School
4/10
Great Schools®

L.W. Higgins High School

7201 Lapalco Blvd
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near L.W. Higgins High School
4/10
Great Schools®

West Jefferson High School

2200 8th St
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near West Jefferson High School
4/10
Great Schools®

Grace King High School

4301 Grace King Pl
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near Grace King High School
3/10
Great Schools®

John Ehret High School

4300 Patriot St
Grades 9-12 | Public
Apartments Near John Ehret High School
3/10
Great Schools®

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