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Overview of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

New Orleans is the largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is among the country's oldest cities and is considered the "most unique" city in the USA. The City of New Orleans is famous for its multiculturalism and multilingual heritage. The city is a major tourist destination as the city offers several exquisite dining, shopping, recreation and accommodation choices. In addition, each year the city hosts a variety of cultural festivals including Mardi Gras.

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  • Population: 275,000
  • Population Density: 2,518/mi²
  • Area: 350.2/mi²
  • Latitude: 29.966667
  • Longitude: -90.05
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: -6.5 to 20 ft
  • Time Zone: Central Time Zone
  • Language: English
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History of New Orleans, Louisiana

On May 7, 1718 the French Mississippi Company founded the city of New Orleans. The city was named after the Regent of France, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans. In 1803 Napoleon sold this colony to the USA. It wasn't long before the region became inhabited by Americans, French, and Creole French. A year later, the Haitian Revolution broke out. During this time, New Orleans experienced a rapid population boom as 2,731 whites, 3,102 free African Americans, and 3,226 enslaved refugees came to the city. New Orleans soon became a major shipping port. By 1840 it was classified as the wealthiest city in the US. However, the city had the largest slave market in the country. At the beginning of the Civil War, the city was captured right away by the Union. During the 20th Century, New Orleans experienced a drastic economic downturn. The city soon began to rely heavily on the tourism industry. However in August of 2005, New Orleans was the victim of hurricane Katrina (one of the 5 deadliest hurricanes in American history). This hurricane was very destructive and killed over 1,500 people. Today, reconstruction of the city is still taking place. Nonetheless, the city still continues to be a major tourist destination.

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New Orleans's Demographics

The 2000 US Census reported that the City of New Orleans consisted of 484,674 people, 188,251 households, and 112,950 families. However, in 2006 (one year after hurricane Katrina) the city's population decreased to 275,000. Of this, 60% were pre-Katrina residents. The four main races found in the city are Caucasians, African-Americans, Hispanics and Latino.

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New Orleans's Climate

New Orleans is situated in the Humid Subtropical climate zone. The winters in New Orleans are very mild and short, while the summers are hot and humid. In the month of January, the average low is 43 °F. In July, the average high temperature reaches 91 °F. The city receives an average precipitation of 64.2 inches each year. Additionally, New Orleans is the most hurricane vulnerable city in the country.

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Education in New Orleans, Louisiana

Public Schools of New Orleans are educated by the New Orleans Public School District. Following Hurricane Katrina, the city constructed 20 new charter schools. There are also 200 parochial schools in the Greater New Orleans Area. These schools are operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. The city also provides its students with several post secondary learning opportunities. The city is home to several colleges and universities including: Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, University of New Orleans, Louisiana State University Medical School, and William Carey College School of Nursing.

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Transportation around New Orleans, Louisiana

There are several transportation methods in the City of New Orleans. The city is served by street car lines, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority ("RTA"), Canal Street Ferry, Amtrak trains, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Lakefront Airport, and Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. In addition, the city is easily accessible via Interstate 10, Interstate 610 and Interstate 510.

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Tourism and Attractions of New Orleans

The City of New Orleans is considered a fairly popular tourist destination. The French Quarter or "Vieux Carré" is the oldest but most popular section of New Orleans. This part of the city features several famous hotels, bars and nightclubs. Popular sites of attraction in New Orleans include: Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market, New Orleans Mint and Confederate Memorial Hall.

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Surrounding Communities

  • New Orleans
  • Arabi
  • Barataria
  • Belle Chasse
  • Bertrandville
  • Cartlisle
  • Chalmette
  • Crown Point
  • Dalcour
  • Delacroix
  • Gretna
  • Ironton
  • Lafitte
  • Meraux
  • Norco
  • Phoenix
  • Reggio
  • St Bernard
  • Westwego

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Geography of New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is situated along the banks of the Mississippi River in the south-eastern portion of Louisiana. The city is bordered to its north by Lake Pontchartrain and to its east by Lake Borgne. Studies show that only 51% of the city is situated above sea level. The city's average elevation is 1-2 feet below sea level. The total area of the city is 350.2 square miles. Of this, 51.55% consists of land.

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New Orleans's Government

New Orleans is operated by a Mayor-Council style of government. The municipal government in New Orleans consists of 5 City Councilors and a Mayor. Together with the mayor, the City Council oversees the day-to-day operations of the city. The current Mayor of New Orleans is Ray Nagin.

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New Orleans's Economy and Industry

The City of New Orleans is home to the world's busiest port, half a dozen post secondary institutions, and a thriving tourism industry. The Port of New Orleans is the second largest port in the state of Louisiana. Additionally, the city has several oil rigs located off shore. Nonetheless, the tourism industry plays a major role in the city's economy. This industry alone generates $5.5 billion and accounts for 40% of the city's tax revenues.

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New Orleans's Culture and Significant Events

The unique culture of New Orleans is portrayed in its thriving entertainment and performing arts scene. The city hosts several cultural festivals and celebrations each year. The most popular festivals and cultural celebrations are: Mardi Gras, Feast of the Epiphany, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Voodoo Fest, and Essence Music Festival. The city has always been a center for music. It has been said that New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz.

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Sports in New Orleans, Louisiana

There are several professional sport teams that call New Orleans home. These include: the New Orleans Saints (NFL), the New Orleans Hornets (NBA), the New Orleans VooDoo (AFL), and the New Orleans Zephyrs (PCL). The Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena are the two sports venues where home games take place.

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Media of New Orleans

Residents of New Orleans receive their current news, weather, sports and entertainment from various media outlets. The Times-Picayune, The Louisiana Weekly and The Gambit are three major newspapers serving the city. The city is also served by several radio and television stations.

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