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.
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD)
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
- Walkscore.com 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
MARIGNY and BYWATER
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 21K — 23K 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
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 / CENTRAL CITY
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