Best Cities 2010: New Orleans, LA

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Best Cities 2010: New Orleans, LA

New Orleans has a short commute and an unemployment rate of only 7.9 percent

City: New Orleans 

State: Louisiana

Best Cities Overall Rank: 70

About New Orleans:

New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, has plenty to do and see. Take a tour to learn about the architecture, visit Bourbon Street or grab some fresh seafood at any restaurant.

New Orleans has a short commute and an unemployment rate of only 7.9 percent.

County: Orleans 

Population: 311,853 

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Times-Picayune  

New Orleans blogs:


Best of New Orleans

Kiss My Gumbo

New Orleans‘s Facebook page: Follow New Orleans on Facebook

New Orleans‘s Twitter page: Follow New Orleans on Twitter 


Education rank: 55

High School graduation rate 2008: 69.6%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 5

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.6

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 3

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.96

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.1

Total Expenditures Per Student: $24,002


Health rank: 56

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.32

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 76

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2,869

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 919.98

Sex Offenders: 825

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 264.55


Economy rank: 34           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 22.9 

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 7.9

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 897.23

Median Home Sale Price: $196,000                                               

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 22.13%           


Recreation Rank: 78

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2000           

Parkland per 100,000: 641.33