Known for streetcars, jazz, Creole cuisine, and Mardi Gras, New Orleans is a fascinating city of sights, sounds, and smells that is like nowhere else on earth. The city is home to more than 384,000 residents (an 11.8% increase since 2010) who represent a commingling of the ethnic and cultural diversities of the Creole, European, African, and North American peoples from its earliest beginnings.
New Orleans has been rated among the top 100 U.S. cities for business and careers by Forbes. The city’s economy is driven by more than 27,000 businesses based primarily in tourism, hospitality, oil and gas, and aerospace manufacturing. Positive future job growth and relatively short commute times continue to attract new residents and business to the city each year.
There is always something happening in New Orleans! Visitors can take in the sights along St. Charles Avenue, a grand thoroughfare that is home to fabulous historic mansions, Audubon Park, and Tulane and Loyola universities. Canal Street features an amazing collection of specialty retail shops, trendy boutiques, luxury hotels, and celebrated performing arts venues that include the Saenger and Joy theaters which are restored historic landmarks featuring state-of-the-art performances by renowned performers from around the world.
Bourbon Street keeps the French Quarter hopping until the wee hours of the morning with drinks, live music, great food, and more at bars, pubs, restaurants, and clubs, both legendary and obscure. Classic bar establishments such as Maison Bourbon and Pat O’Brien’s have been serving New Orleans patrons for more than fifty years. Visitors can sample New Orleans’ signature beignets at Café du Monde, located within walking distance of The Court of Two Sisters, a historic New Orleans restaurant featuring courtyard dining and a jazz brunch that rivals all others.
Great food, legendary music, historic architecture, and exciting nightlife make New Orleans a great place to live or visit in southern Louisiana!