New Orleans-Best Cities of American Ranks 14
businessweek | 2013-11-08 09:35



New Orleans
Rank: 14
Population: 349,773

New Orleans is legendary for its good times and is now also known for its resilient response to the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. Less obvious strengths, however, abound in the quality of its air and its universities, anchored by Tulane University. Low median household incomes and a high rate of crime keep the Big Easy out of the top 10, but they can’t take away the French Quarter’s iconic charms—from its genteel beignets to the sloppy, bead-induced revels of Bourbon Street.

Bars: 284
Restaurants: 986
Museums: 34
Libraries: 20
Pro sports teams: 2
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 84
Colleges: 10
Percent with graduate degree: 8.5
Median household income: $48,789
Percent unemployed rate: 10.6

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