City of New Orleans-Neighborhoods

Diverse neigh­bor­hoods offer a place for every­one and every business.

New Orleans is a city of neigh­bor­hoods with dis­tinct his­to­ries, archi­tec­tural styles, and cul­tural flair. The neigh­bor­hoods listed on this page cor­re­spond with New Orleans’ cur­rent Plan­ning Dis­tricts. Explore the resources below for a com­plete list­ing of New Orleans neigh­bor­hoods and their demo­graphic profiles.

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Algiers is one of the old­est neigh­bor­hoods in New Orleans and the only Orleans Parish com­mu­nity located on the West Bank of the Mis­sis­sippi River. The Algiers ferry pro­vides easy access to the CBD and French Quar­ter, or com­muters can choose the tra­di­tional auto route via the Cres­cent City Con­nec­tion. With family-friendly res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hoods, his­toric build­ings, bustling com­mer­cial cor­ri­dors and qual­ity schools, Algiers is a com­mu­nity designed for liv­ing, work­ing and play­ing and is an emerg­ing retail market.


  • Prox­im­ity to the City cen­ter makes it an ideal loca­tion for res­i­dents seek­ing a sub­ur­ban feel with a City lifestyle
  • Sta­ble, afflu­ent neigh­bor­hoods offer an eager cus­tomer base.
  • Algiers Point is a des­ig­nated His­toric Dis­trict which allows qual­i­fied prop­erty own­ers to access His­toric Dis­trict Land­mark Com­mis­sion resources
  • The $22 mil­lion over­haul of the drainage sys­tem along Gen­eral De Gaulle was com­pleted in sum­mer 2012
  • Traf­fic counts of over 107K vehi­cles per day on Gen­eral De Gaulle make the area a vibrant, but under­served retail corridor.
  • Exist­ing shop­ping cen­ter vacan­cies as well as planned new and rede­vel­oped shop­ping cen­ters make the area ripe for poten­tial growth.


Down­town New Orleans is the his­toric heart of Orleans Parish as well as the main eco­nomic hub for the region. Tourism has reached record num­bers and busi­nesses are pur­su­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to set up shop in the area. Well-educated young pro­fes­sion­als are mov­ing into the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict (CBD) at a rapid rate, attract­ing an eclec­tic mix of retail­ers and upscale restaurants.



  • Esti­mated day­time pop­u­la­tion of 120,000 people
  • 9.01 M tourists spent a record break­ing $6 bil­lion in 2012
  • Aver­age age of Down­town res­i­dents is 37 with an AVG HH Income of $89,000
  • New BioDis­trict will increase job oppor­tu­ni­ties in tech­nol­ogy, sci­ence and medicine
  • gave the CBD a high score of 97 for its numer­ous ameni­ties within walk­ing distance
  • Mardi Gras, French Quar­ter Fest, Essence Fest, Saints Foot­ball, and Pel­i­can Bas­ket­ball are only a few of the annual events that serve as major draws for tourists to the CBD.


Dynamic and pic­turesque, the French Quar­ter is the old­est set­tle­ment in New Orleans, and is cen­tral to the his­tory and cul­ture of the city. Home to New Orleans’ best-known restau­rants, attrac­tions, and events the French Quar­ter is a national trea­sure filled with vibrant retail activ­ity and beau­ti­ful scenery year round.


  • Estab­lished by the French in 1718, the French Quar­ter is a National His­toric Landmark
  • The 5,000 per­ma­nent res­i­dents of the French Quar­ter earn an aver­age house­hold income of $73,000
  • A whop­ping 43% of French Quar­ter res­i­dents walk to work-indicating the walk­a­bil­ity of the neighborhood.


The Gen­tilly neigh­bor­hood is becom­ing a mag­net for new retail. As one of the areas hard­est hit by Kat­rina, the Gen­tilly res­i­dents are rebuild­ing and rein­vent­ing them­selves as a “go to” area for shop­ping. Local and national ten­ants, includ­ing Anna’s Linens, Shoe Show, Wal­greens, Citi Trends and oth­ers have opened in the area.


  • Gen­tilly is eas­ily acces­si­ble from Inter­state 10 and 610 and con­tains mul­ti­ple high traf­fic corridors.
  • A state of the art library recently reopened near the busy inter­sec­tion of Gen­tilly Boule­vard and Elysian Fields Avenue.
  • High per­form­ing pub­lic schools such as Brother Mar­tin High School and Ben­jamin Franklin High School are located in Gentilly.
  • Dense stu­dent pop­u­la­tion with three well known insti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing in the neighborhood.


Known for its breath­tak­ing views of Lake Pontchar­train, quaint har­bor and prox­im­ity to the beau­ti­ful sprawl­ing City Park-Lake Area is well known for its estab­lished, well-kept neigh­bor­hoods and civi­cally engaged residents.

Lake Area sup­ports a vari­ety of busi­nesses, from inde­pen­dent retail­ers to pro­fes­sion­als. Har­ri­son Avenue is the main cor­ri­dor for the neigh­bor­hood, pro­vid­ing res­i­dents with ser­vices, shop­ping ameni­ties, and a vari­ety of restaurants.


  • Res­i­dents of Lake Area have an aver­age house­hold income of $98,500 and 63.4% of res­i­dents have some col­lege edu­ca­tion or higher.
  • 77% of Lake Area res­i­dents live in fam­ily house­holds, the neigh­bor­hood is heav­ily pop­u­lated by fam­i­lies with children
  • Loca­tion adja­cent to City Park and Lake Pontchar­train offer unique oppor­tu­ni­ties for sport­ing goods and lifestyle retailers


The Marigny and Bywa­ter neigh­bor­hoods are his­toric and lively com­mu­ni­ties, burst­ing with cre­ative and artis­tic energy. Vis­i­tors and res­i­dents enjoy the live jazz and sec­ond line danc­ing on French­men St., and explore art gal­leries, restau­rants, and vibrantly painted shot­gun styled neighborhoods.


  • The neigh­bor­hood is home to a unique cre­ative com­mu­nity and is increas­ingly becom­ing a top loca­tion for new restau­rant and retail ventures.
  • This his­toric artists’ neigh­bor­hood fea­tures a monthly art walk of open gal­leries along St. Claude Avenue.
  • A grow­ing com­mu­nity of restau­rants and small busi­nesses are trans­form­ing the St. Claude Avenue cor­ri­dor and other parts of the neigh­bor­hood. Mau­repas Foods, the Joint BBQ, and the multi-use New Orleans Heal­ing Cen­ter rep­re­sent some of the most recent restau­rant and devel­op­ment projects.
  • Bywa­ter and Fauburg Marigny are des­ig­nated His­toric Dis­tricts, prop­erty own­ers have access to His­toric Dis­trict Land­marks Com­mis­sion resources


One of New Orleans’ largest neigh­bor­hoods, Mid-City fea­tures a great mix of his­toric res­i­dences, retail shop­ping, and famed city land­marks such as City Park, the Fair Grounds Race Course, and Bayou St. John.


  • Planned Laf­fite Green­way will pro­vide 3 miles of pub­lic park space for bik­ing and walk­ing trails
  • Major traf­fic cor­ri­dors such as Tulane Avenue and Car­roll­ton Avenue aver­age 21K23K vehi­cles per day. Mid-City is also eas­ily acces­si­ble to the I-10 and 610 freeways.
  • Mid-City is home to the planned New Orleans Bio-District anchored by a new VA Hos­pi­tal and Louisiana Can­cer Research Cen­ter, cre­at­ing 22,000 new jobs in the next 8–10 years.
  • Des­ig­nated His­toric Dis­tricts in Mid-City such as Esplanade Ridge and the Treme neigh­bor­hood enable prop­erty own­ers in these areas access to His­toric Dis­trict Land­marks Com­mis­sion resources.


New Orleans East is a neigh­bor­hood poised for unprece­dented growth. The close-knit com­mu­nity has a small town feel, but offers big city growth oppor­tu­ni­ties. Large tracts of land avail­able for devel­op­ment pro­vide a blank can­vas for retail growth and expan­sion. Access to major traf­fic on Inter­state 10 makes it an ideal loca­tion for regional retail shop­ping. The main retail cor­ri­dors of Bullard Avenue, Read Boule­vard, Crow­der Boule­vard and Chef Menteur High­way will be focal points for a vari­ety of new retail projects.


  • New Orleans East offers large parcels of land and vacant big-box oppor­tu­ni­ties along Inter­state 10 includ­ing the for­mer Cir­cuit City, Toys R Us, and Schwegmann’s Super­mar­ket buildings.
  • High vis­i­bil­ity and easy access from I-10.
  • Ideal loca­tion for a “retail zone” that encour­ages clus­ter­ing of strong emerg­ing businesses.
  • The for­mer Methodist Hos­pi­tal on Read Blvd. will be rebuilt as an 80 bed full ser­vice med­ical facility.
  • Michoud Assem­bly Facil­ity is one of the largest man­u­fac­tur­ing plants in the world.


Uptown and Cen­tral City fea­ture beau­ti­fully pre­served his­toric build­ings, upscale restau­rants and hotels, bou­tique shop­ping, and a vari­ety of his­toric land­marks. Areas such as the his­toric Gar­den Dis­trict draw vis­i­tors year-round, and the neigh­bor­hood is pop­u­lar amongst tourists and res­i­dents alike.




  • Uptown is the heart of upscale and spe­cialty bou­tique shopping-from a vari­ety of local retail­ers includ­ing Free Peo­ple, Whole Foods and Chico’s as well as local favorites Mignon Faget, Perlis, and Fleurty Girl.
  • Famous Uptown His­toric Dis­tricts include St. Charles Avenue, Lower Gar­den Dis­trict, and Gar­den District.
  • Nearby Loy­ola and Tulane Uni­ver­si­ties have a col­lec­tive enroll­ment of over 20,000 students.


Despite dev­as­tat­ing destruc­tion after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina, the recov­ery process in the 9th Ward is a sym­bol of the abun­dant oppor­tu­ni­ties for rede­vel­op­ment in New Orleans.



  • The City of New Orleans recently broke ground on a new com­mu­nity cen­ter and fire sta­tion in addi­tion to $45 mil­lion in road repairs
  • This area is a true food desert, and is in need of the most basic retail services
  • The Make it Right Foun­da­tion has com­pleted con­struc­tion of 87 LEED Plat­inum cer­ti­fied homes in the Lower 9th Ward