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New Orleans is a  mixture of ethnicity and traditions, conglomerated in an old seaport town,  producing a creative cultural gumbo, found in a unique fabric of neighborhoods filled with great architecture, world class cuisine, music, art and lively celebrations. 

Located in 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).

Located in 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. 

The region's 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 regional