New Orleans was founded by the French in 1718. Forty four years later Louisiana was given to Spain and their rule lasted until 1801. In 1803, Louisiana was purchased by the U.S. via the Louisiana Purchase. Throughout New Orleans history, many different people came to the area including European immigrants from Germany, Ireland and Sicily, as well as Islanders, West Africans, indentured servants, slaves, and free people of color. It is said that this mixture of such diverse people is what makes New Orleans the intriguing and eccentric city it is today.
The heart of New Orleans is around the curve of the Mississippi River and borders Lake Pontchartrain. Due to the city’s proximity to the surrounding waters, it has a humid, semi-tropical climate. The annual average temperature is 68° F, and the annual average precipitation is 61.88 inches.
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) fulfills most of the city's transportation needs. NORTA has three streetcar lines, 32 bus routes, and offers special services for the disabled.
New Orleans’ cost of living is less expensive than the national average. Use these tools to see how your current budget will fare in this new city.
The city of New Orleans has public and independent school districts, as well as multiple metro area school districts in the surrounding parishes. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many schools in the area struggled to meet the potential they had in the past. However, since that time, the State of Louisiana stepped in and has made great improvements, and continues toward this goal each day.
The real estate in New Orleans is some of the most costly in the state of Louisiana. Use the links below to find your next home in one of the city's 182 neighborhoods.
From bed & breakfasts to “green” hotels, accommodations in New Orleans are varied and fun. Many of the hotels themselves offer the entertainment you may be looking for including restaurants, clubs, and spas.
Of course, New Orleans restaurants are known for some of their famous traditional dishes of Creole, Cajun and French influence. But the cuisine options are as diverse as the city, and you can find something to satisfy every taste bud in one of New Orleans 1,307 restaurants.
There is never a dull moment in the city of New Orleans. Check out the nightlife on Bourbon Street, the happenings at Harrah’s Casino, and the many festivals such as the famous Mardi Gras. Enjoy a distinct and unique shopping experience in one of the city’s neighborhoods. Or visit the many museums that offer historical, arts, and family fun exhibits. Due to the warm climate all year, the city has extensive outdoor recreational activities. Take a bike ride along the Mississippi River or visit one of their scenic golf courses.