What's it like living in New Orleans?
Its really subjective and your experience may not be the same as your cousin. New Orleans is equally amazing, terrible, fun, infuriating, happy, depressed, unsafe, falling apart, magical, historic, corrupt, inspiring, and abysmal.
Your experience will be determined by a combination of factors. Where you reside in the city, the type person you are, how easily you adapt, how open or closed you are.
In general people are very friendly here. Crime is not like any other city. per capita New Orleans sees a much larger murder rate when you look at the numbers against population. New Orleans isnt very big, its more like a big town than a small city. The city government is abhorrent. New Orleans barley functions by comparison to other areas of the country. Be ready for terrible roads, a barley functioning water system, convoluted electrical grid. It's almost like living in a third world country, but in the US. There are not "bad parts" of town. You can walk by mansions and then in three blocks or less a crack house. It can be totally safe and beautiful and extremely dangerous at the same time.
There are times when I get so infuriated living here dealing with the stupidity that is never ending, and then I leave and visit friends or family somewhere in the country and I cant wait to get home. I cant fucking get the fuck out of their homogenized, culture-less, everything looks the fucking same, side eye cause I want a bloody mary with breakfast… On a Monday.
New Orleans can be intoxicating and frighting. You will love it or hate it. I dont think there is much of an in-between. Sometimes I really want to leave but I have no idea where I would go. Life here can be hard, and it can also be addicting.
New Orleans can also eat you alive. I've seen it happen to a lot of friends. Vice is on display and encouraged here. Its a balance and some are not good at handling that balance.
It's also hot as fuck most of the year.