New Orleans, Louisiana

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There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better.
–Bob Dylan

The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

Bright Lights, Small City.

New Orleans is ALL about the culture and NOLA is one of the few remaining cities left with a real, pervasive personality but being a culture vampire only gets you (and the city) so far. Most of the jobs are service sector jobs and this is one of the few places where people just move here, without jobs, just because they want to be here -- they’re drawn to it, they want the adventure. There’s a lot of moving here on a whim going on. Nevertheless, that’s not everybody. Tulane is a major draw as is The Gulf. Although not a wealthy city, it is pulling itself together post Katrina. Some of those people moving here on a whim are professionals and people doing non-profit work.

NOLA is not a city in which to be anonymous or to be left alone with your imagination. There will be good mornings, goodnights, how y’all doings, and head nods and smiles and eye contact. Neighbors will walk out on their front porch to give treats to your dog. There is polite chit-chat. Prepare yourself.

The Best Thing About New Orleans?

The culture.

You can walk out of a bar with your go cup. Also, food and music are seriously good here. (Not to mention the King Cakes which are a Friday ritual.)

Here's a note from a local about this culture thing:
I like living in a funky neighborhood, and I can’t really speak about daily life in other parts of town, but I can say that there is more weirdness here than other cities. As an example, I was walking down the street with my friend Eric one time and we met a guy coming the other way in full clown regalia, red nose, big shoes, etc. We spoke a greeting as we passed. My friend said “That guy would attract a lot of attention most places but here he’s just a man going to work.” Real neighborhood bars where you socialize with people who live near you, parades for any reason or no reason, and neighbors who watch out for each other. I have missed lots of things, come on down and check it out. Just be yourself, unless you’re no fun.

For more reviews of New Orleans from locals check out: The Buzz

The Worst Thing About New Orleans?

The Bugs

There are big bugs and roadwork (the city is sinking) and traffic cameras.

Local advice about the bugs:
The big tree roaches live outside, under your house, in your pipes and in your walls. There is nothing you can do to get rid of them. No amount of cleanliness will keep them from finding their way into your house when it's raining. A good tomcat is your best method of defense, but you can help by sprinkling diatomaceous earth in all cracks around pipes and doorways and then use steel wool and spackle to cover any holes in the walls.

Lifestyle Of New Orleans

As is noted in “The best thing about New Orleans” this city is all about the Lifestyle. Live music plays 24/7 - Jazz, Blues, Brass and Rock, take your pick. Combine that with amazing food, Cajun and Creole in particular, rocking bars and nightclubs, and seemingly nonstop festivals, Mardi Gras among them. While there is also plenty to do outside the city, fishing, hunting and beaches an hour or two away, it’s fair to say that if you’re looking for peace and quiet perhaps pick another city.

Check out the New Orleans calendar of events to see what happens here year-round:

Worklife Of New Orleans

New Orleans and the surrounding areas are working hard to attract new businesses and jobs to the area. Economic incentives for Film, Music, Tech and Healthcare are available for new businesses, new hires and investments. All that said, many people simply move here for the culture and end up working in the service and tourism sectors, that remains New Orleans #1 industry. The costs are lower than you’d think, for a city so popular to visit, so if you’re a long-haul wfh’er looking for a cool city to call home this could be it.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

You can make a difference

You can actually make a difference in New Orleans. The smallest gestures reverberate here.

Neighborhoods in New Orleans

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The Area

New Orleans is surrounded by water but much of that water is the Mississippi River not the Gulf of Mexico. Homes “on the water” here are on the banks of the river not the Gulf. While much of life in New Orleans is celebrated for the nightlife, you’re also surrounded by some of the most amazing outdoor opportunities within a short drive. National Forests, and beautiful Georgia and Florida beaches are available within a couple hours drive. Come for the music, parties, beignets, and gumbo but stay for what you can do outside the city.

Central Business District

Young Professionals

The Central Business District is an obvious choice for young professionals to start their search for a home. Plenty of high-rise apartments, a short walk to Central Business District offices and the Warehouse District to the South, it also has tons of shops, restaurants and bars for nighttime. Bywater is an interesting alternative to the Business Districts. It’s the center of the city’s arts scene and is filled with clubs and eclectic restaurants. Most of the walkable jobs here are in the service sector, but you’re just 10 minutes to the Central Business District if a commute is required.

  • Central Business District
  • Bywater
  • Freret

Faubourg Marigny


New Orleans is one of the most progressive cities for the LGBTQ+ community in the entire country. Festivals, Bars, LGBTQ-owned businesses, and tons of local support and resources make the entire city feel friendly to all. Faubourg Marigny is one of the more famous gayborhoods in New Orleans. In the 80’s the neighborhood exploded with music venues and arts festivals and this pulled in the LGBTQ community. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and as a result one of the most beautiful and classical in terms of architecture in homes and buildings.

  • Faubourg Marigny
  • The French Quarter
  • Pigeon Town

Algiers Point


Algiers Point is a good starting point for families looking for a NOLA neighborhood. The area is safe, quiet, and filled with affordable and beautiful Creole cottages and Raised Center Hall homes, along the West Bank of the Mississippi River. Another great option is Bayou St John. Just a 10 minute ride into downtown, and filled with parks, museums and some of the best public schools in the city.

  • Algiers Point
  • Bayou St John
  • East Carrollton
  • Fillmore
  • West End