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Welcome to New Orleans ...

The coastal city of New Orleans is primarily located in Orleans Parish 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.<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, New Orleans has a population of 391,006 people<2> (see below for details).

New Orleans was established in 1718.

The community of New Orleans is near sea level<3>.

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

New Orleans is located in 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<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, New Orleans had a population of 343,829 people (or 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 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 (which had a count of 484,674 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, New Orleans had an population of 391,006 people. This is an increase of 13.72% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 19.33% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near New Orleans ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Kenner   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the West (W) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

Harahan   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

Jean Lafitte   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

Arabi   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) of New Orleans

Located in Saint Bernard Parish

Jefferson   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

Metairie   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

Terrytown   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

Westwego   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

Bridge City   [Map]

Lies 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

Elmwood   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) of New Orleans

Located in Jefferson Parish

To learn more about neighboring communities and parishes, please visit the Nearby Page for New Orleans.

Websites for New Orleans ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around New Orleans. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around New Orleans. Our list includes 533 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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 ...

Find a Community in Louisiana

About Orleans Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for New Orleans:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for New Orleans.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around New Orleans - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>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.

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<5>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 from Point A (ie- New Orleans) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, 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 for your convenience: 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     [Map].

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