63 Facts About New Orleans


New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinctive music, Creole cuisine, unique dialects, and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras.

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Additionally, New Orleans has increasingly been known as "Hollywood South" due to its prominent role in the film industry and in pop culture.

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Greater New Orleans is the most populous metropolitan statistical area in Louisiana and, since the 2020 census, has been the 46th most populous MSA in the United States.

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Name of New Orleans, derives from the original French name, which was given to the city in honor of Philippe II, Duke of Orleans, who served as Louis XV's Regent from 1715 to 1723.

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Nueva Orleans remained under Spanish control until 1803, when it reverted briefly to French rule.

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New Orleans was a hub for this trade both physically and culturally because it served as the exit point to the rest of the globe for the interior of the North American continent.

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The citizens of New Orleans held a series of public meetings during 1765 to keep the populace in opposition of the establishment of Spanish rule.

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Anti-Spanish passions in New Orleans reached their highest level after two years of Spanish administration in Louisiana.

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The population doubled in the 1830s and by 1840, New Orleans had become the nation's wealthiest and the third-most populous city, after New York and Baltimore.

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New Orleans came to be called "Spoons" Butler because of the alleged looting that his troops did while occupying the city, during which time he himself supposedly pilfered silver flatware.

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New Orleans operated a racially integrated public school system during this period.

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New Orleans' economy had always been based more on trade and financial services than on manufacturing, but the city's relatively small manufacturing sector shrank after World War II.

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Until then, urban development in New Orleans was largely limited to higher ground along the natural river levees and bayous.

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New Orleans was vulnerable to flooding even before the city's footprint departed from the natural high ground near the Mississippi River.

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New Orleans is located in the Mississippi River Delta, south of Lake Pontchartrain, on the banks of the Mississippi River, approximately 105 miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico.

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New Orleans was originally settled on the river's natural levees or high ground.

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Magnitude of subsidence potentially caused by the draining of natural marsh in the New Orleans area and southeast Louisiana is a topic of debate.

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New Orleans is built on thousands of feet of soft sand, silt, and clay.

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New Orleans is world-famous for its abundance of architectural styles that reflect the city's multicultural heritage.

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New Orleans is noted for its large, European-style Catholic cemeteries.

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Indeed, portions of Greater New Orleans have been flooded by the Grand Isle Hurricane of 1909, the New Orleans Hurricane of 1915, 1947 Fort Lauderdale Hurricane, Hurricane Flossy in 1956, Hurricane Betsy in 1965, Hurricane Georges in 1998, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Hurricane Gustav in 2008, and Hurricane Zeta in 2020 with the flooding in Betsy being significant and in a few neighborhoods severe, and that in Katrina being disastrous in the majority of the city.

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New Orleans has always had to consider the risk of hurricanes, but the risks are dramatically greater today due to coastal erosion from human interference.

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New Orleans experienced an increase in residential segregation from 1900 to 1980, leaving the disproportionately Black and African American poor in older, low-lying locations.

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In 2015, a Gallup survey determined New Orleans was one of the largest cities in the American South with a large LGBT population.

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New Orleans was home to the occultist Mary Oneida Toups, who was nicknamed the "Witch Queen of New Orleans".

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New Orleans synagogues lost members, but most re-opened in their original locations.

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New Orleans operates one of the world's largest and busiest ports and metropolitan New Orleans is a center of maritime industry.

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New Orleans is a center for higher learning, with over 50, 000 students enrolled in the region's eleven two- and four-year degree-granting institutions.

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Metropolitan New Orleans is a major regional hub for the health care industry and boasts a small, globally competitive manufacturing sector.

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New Orleans began as a strategically located trading entrepot and it remains, above all, a crucial transportation hub and distribution center for waterborne commerce.

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The Port of New Orleans is the fifth-largest in the United States based on cargo volume, and second-largest in the state after the Port of South Louisiana.

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The Port of South Louisiana, located in the New Orleans area, is the world's busiest in terms of bulk tonnage.

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New Orleans is located near to the Gulf of Mexico and its many oil rigs.

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New Orleans has many visitor attractions, from the world-renowned French Quarter to St Charles Avenue, to Magazine Street with its boutique stores and antique shops.

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New Orleans is home to the Audubon Nature Institute, and home to gardens which include Longue Vue House and Gardens and the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

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New Orleans has long been a significant center for music, showcasing its intertwined European, African and Latino American cultures.

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Much later in its musical development, New Orleans was home to a distinctive brand of rhythm and blues that contributed greatly to the growth of rock and roll.

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New Orleans became a hotbed for funk music in the 1960s and 1970s, and by the late 1980s, it had developed its own localized variant of hip hop, called bounce music.

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New Orleans is the southern terminus of the famed Highway 61, made musically famous by musician Bob Dylan in his song, "Highway 61 Revisited".

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New Orleans food combined local Creole, haute Creole and New Orleans French cuisines.

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Since Louisiana became the first U S state to join the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in 2018, New Orleans has reemerged as an important center for the state's francophone and creolophone cultures and languages, as seen in new organizations such as the Nous Foundation.

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New Orleans is home to two NCAA Division I athletic programs, the Tulane Green Wave of the American Athletic Conference and the UNO Privateers of the Southland Conference.

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New Orleans is home to the Fair Grounds Race Course, the nation's third-oldest thoroughbred track.

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Each year New Orleans plays host to the Sugar Bowl, the New Orleans Bowl, the Bayou Classic, and the Zurich Classic, a golf tournament on the PGA Tour.

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In 2022, a consortium started an attempt to bring professional soccer to New Orleans, hoping to place teams in the male USL Championship and women's USL Super League by 2025.

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For example, New Orleans had seven elected tax assessors, each with their own staff, representing various districts of the city, rather than one centralized office.

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City of New Orleans, used Archon Information Systems software and services to host multiple online tax sales.

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The New Orleans government operates both a fire department and the New Orleans Emergency Medical Services.

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New Orleans is the only city in Louisiana that refuses to pay court-ordered judgements when it loses a case that were awarded to the other party.

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From 1994 to 2013, New Orleans was the country's "Murder Capital", annually averaging over 200 murders.

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Between 2000 and 2004, New Orleans had the highest homicide rate per capita of any city in the U S, with 59 people killed per year per 100, 000 citizens.

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In January 2007, several thousand New Orleans residents marched to City Hall for a rally demanding police and city leaders tackle the crime problem.

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In 2017, New Orleans had the highest rate of gun violence, surpassing the more populated Chicago and Detroit.

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New Orleans has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in Louisiana and one of the highest in the Southern United States.

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Academic and public libraries as well as archives in New Orleans include Monroe Library at Loyola University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, the Law Library of Louisiana, and the Earl K Long Library at the University of New Orleans.

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Greater New Orleans is the 54th largest designated market area in the U S, serving at least 566, 960 homes.

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Two radio stations that were influential in promoting New Orleans-based bands and singers were 50, 000-watt WNOE and 10, 000-watt WTIX (690 AM).

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New Orleans has had continuous ferry service since 1827, operating three routes as of 2017.

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New Orleans is located at the start of the Mississippi River Trail, a 3, 000-mile bicycle path that stretches from the city's Audubon Park to Minnesota.

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New Orleans has been recognized for its abundance of uniquely decorated and uniquely designed bicycles.

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New Orleans is served by Interstate 10, Interstate 610 and Interstate 510.

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New Orleans is home to many bridges; Crescent City Connection is perhaps the most notable.

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In January 2016, New Orleans-based sweet shop Sucre approached United Cab with to deliver its king cakes locally on-demand.

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