Orleans is a mixture of ethnicity and
traditions, conglomerated in an old seaport town, producing
creative cultural gumbo, found in a unique fabric of
neighborhoods filled with great architecture, world class
cuisine, music, art and lively celebrations.
Southeast Louisiana, The New Orleans Region is comprised of
eight (8) parishes (counties) - Orleans (coterminous with
the City of New Orleans), Jefferson, St. Bernard, St.
Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James, St. Tammany, and
Plaquemines. It encompasses 4,190 square miles. The
population of the eight-parish New Orleans, LA MSA is
1,337,726. In addition to New Orleans, there are seven
cities in the Region with populations of 10,000 or more.
Three other metropolitan areas are within 100 miles of New
Orleans, Baton Rouge, La. (567,400), Houma, La. (190,000)
and Biloxi-Gulfport, Ms. (343,200).
the center of the Gulf South Region of the United States,
the New Orleans region lies approximately 90 miles from the
mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana. A
major transportation hub and the leading seaport of the
United States with access to U.S. markets, as well as to
Latin America and the entire global marketplace.
primary sectors of economic strength include, oil and gas
exploration and production and petrochemicals,
transportation, maritime and port-related services, ship
building, aerospace manufacturing, health and biotechnology
and tourism. The area also possesses a strong presence of
nationally recognized universities, hospitals,
legal/accounting and a growing high technology and
professional services sector of the economy. The federal
government has a significant position in the economy with
key installations of the U.S. military operations and