New Orleans, Louisiana

The City of New Orleans is located along both sides of the Mississippi River in the furthermost southeast portion of the State of Louisiana in Orleans Parish. It was founded in 1718 and has a unique distinction of having been a former city of five countries! Those countries were The Kingdom of France (under Louis XVI), the Kingdom of Spain, the French Republic (under Napoleon), the Republic of Louisiana (Jan 1861-March 1861) and the Confederate States of America (during the Civil War), along with being a city of the United States of America, twice (before and after the Civil War)! New Orleans is known for its rich and diverse culture, delectable cuisine, jazz music and its famous Mardi Gras celebration!

The population of the city of New Orleans at the time of the 2010 US Census was 343,829 residents. The New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area includes New Orleans, Metairie and Kenner which had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and made it the 46th largest in the United States. The land area of New Orleans is 350.2 square miles with 49% at or below sea level.

The economy of New Orleans centers around four key industries which are the New Orleans tourism industry; oil and gas production and processing; the Mississippi River port with its shipping and boat building; and aerospace manufacturing. Healthcare services, universities and US military installations round out the diverse New Orleans economy. Top Employers, those who have the most employees, are Louisiana State University Health, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Tulane University, the US Post Office, the University of New Orleans, North Oaks Health System, Harrah's Casino, the New Orleans Police Department and NASA. The larger Colleges and Universities that are found in New Orleans include Tulane University, Loyola University, University of New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Southern University at New Orleans, Dillard University and Delgado Community College.