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Welcome to New Orleans ...

The coastal city of New Orleans is primarily located in Orleans Parish<1> and is the Parish Seat for Orleans Parish. A portion of New Orleans extends into Jefferson Parish.

When the people of New Orleans refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use terms like New Orleanian or Orleanian.<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, New Orleans has a population of 390,144 people<3> (see below for details).

New Orleans was established in 1718.

The community of New Orleans is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: New Orleans lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

New Orleans is within the (504) area code.

The ZIP codes for New Orleans: 70112-70119, 70121-70131, 70139-70143, 70145-70146, 70148-70154, 70156-70167, 70170, 70172, 70174-70179, 70181-70187, 70189-70190, 70195<5>

Websites for New Orleans ...

Official Website:   www.cityofno.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.neworleanschamber.org/

Junior League:   www.jlno.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, New Orleans had an population of 390,144 people. This is an increase of 13.47% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 19.5% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, New Orleans had a population of 343,829 people (which is 100% of the total population of Orleans Parish). This makes New Orleans the parish's most populous community.

The population of New Orleans represents 7.58% of the total population of Louisiana (which has 4,533,372 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 343,829 people, the population of New Orleans decreased 29.06% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 484,674 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for New Orleans.

Adding New Orleans to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of New Orleans in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of New Orleans elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found New Orleans on a Rand McNally Map of Louisiana (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for New Orleans on our Genealogy Page.

Communities near New Orleans ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near New Orleans.

  • Kenner [Jefferson Parish]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kenner
    • Kenner [Jefferson Parish] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the west of New Orleans
    • Estimated population in 2019: 66,340 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kenner have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kenner
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kenner<8>
  • Harahan [Jefferson Parish]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harahan
    • Harahan [Jefferson Parish] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the west of New Orleans
    • Estimated population in 2019: 9,250 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harahan have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harahan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harahan<8>
  • Jean Lafitte [Jefferson Parish]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jean Lafitte
    • Jean Lafitte [Jefferson Parish] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of New Orleans
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,000 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jean Lafitte have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jean Lafitte
  • Arabi [Saint Bernard Parish]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arabi
    • Arabi [Saint Bernard Parish] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the east of New Orleans
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arabi have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arabi
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arabi<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Jefferson [Jefferson Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jefferson
      • Jefferson [Jefferson Parish] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the west of New Orleans
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jefferson have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jefferson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jefferson<8>
    • Metairie [Jefferson Parish]
    • Terrytown [Jefferson Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terrytown
      • Terrytown [Jefferson Parish] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the southeast of New Orleans
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Terrytown have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Terrytown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Terrytown<8>
    • Westwego [Jefferson Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westwego
      • Westwego [Jefferson Parish] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the southwest of New Orleans
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,326 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westwego have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westwego
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westwego<8>
    • Bridge City [Jefferson Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bridge City
      • Bridge City [Jefferson Parish] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the west of New Orleans
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bridge City have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bridge City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bridge City<8>
    • Elmwood [Jefferson Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elmwood
      • Elmwood [Jefferson Parish] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the west of New Orleans
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elmwood have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elmwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elmwood<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around New Orleans. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for New Orleans.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of New Orleans. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around New Orleans.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around New Orleans. Our list includes 533 papers. See our Newspapers Page for New Orleans.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for New Orleans ...

Looking for more information about New Orleans? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for New Orleans, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for New Orleans.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Louisiana

About Orleans Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for New Orleans: www.cityofno.com/

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Louisiana's parishes, including Orleans, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of New Orleans refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of New Orleans may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for New Orleans.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around New Orleans - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as New Orleans). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether New Orleans or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for New Orleans includes: 70112, 70113, 70114, 70115, 70116, 70117, 70118, 70121, 70122, 70123, 70124, 70125, 70126, 70127, 70128, 70129, 70130, 70139, 70140, 70141, 70142, 70145, 70148, 70149, 70150, 70151, 70152, 70153, 70156, 70157, 70158, 70159, 70160, 70161, 70162, 70163, 70164, 70165, 70166, 70170, 70172, 70174, 70175, 70176, 70177, 70178, 70181, 70182, 70183, 70184, 70185, 70186, 70189 & 70190.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- New Orleans) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for New Orleans. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from New Orleans

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in New Orleans. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.9535, Longitude: -90.0826    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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