Moving soon? New Orleans has some wonderful neighborhoods, both new and old, for you to plant your roots. Certain things are important to us all, including the cost of living, local amenities and crime rates. These are the best neighborhoods to live in New Orleans.
The Audubon Park neighborhood in New Orleans is stacked with amenities, including coffee shops, grocey stores and parks. The housing opportunites are solid and the average income of the residents here is waaay above average.
2. Lake Terrace and Oaks
Lake Oaks is exceptionally livable, according to Area Vibes. It's a favorite for the nearby amenities and recreation, the weather, and of course the great views of the lake.
In Lakewood, the cost of living is slightly higher, but that's offset greatly by the "A+" amenities offered in this neighborhood. Plus the homes cost more, but they're generally much nicer. Lakewood is home to Metairie Cemetery, which boasts the biggest collection of funeral statuary and marble tombs in the nation.
4. French Quarter
Living in the French Quarter of New Orleans has its advantages. Nightlight and amenities are endless with possibilities. In general, the residents here earn a higher income (to spend on those amenities). But the crime rate is higher and the cost of living, according to Area Vibes, is 88% higher than the rest of New Orleans.
Located adjacent to Harahan, Elmwood is a favorite for the lower cost of living, yet nice housing options. It also boasts some great shopping opportunities.
Harahan is a quiet city of about 10,000 residents. It's heavily wooded and located along the Mississippi River. With plenty of restaurants and parks, Harahan is a perfect place to call home.
7. River Ridge
River Ridge is located next door to Harahan. Shopping is aplenty in this community. The cost of living is manageable at just above the average for New Orleans. The crime rate is average as well.
Metairie is an unusually large census-designated area within New Orleans. The community boasts a population just shy of 140,000 residents. It ranks high on this list for the amenities available here, as well as a pretty manageable cost of living and an average summertime temperature of just 82 degrees.
9. Central Business District
The equivalent to a "Downtown," the Central Business District has a small population of around 2,500 residents. The cost of living is pretty low here, and there are numerous nearby amenities making the Central Business District a hearty choice for new residents to the area.
10. Lower Garden District
The Lower Garden District of New Orleans is a neighborhood within the Garden District, considered one of the areas with the most well-preserved big old homes/mansions in NOLA. The Lower district is filled with old homes and has a great vintage vibe as well. You'll find a higher cost of living here, but it's offset by many amenities and the ambiance of the old neighborhood.
Moving to, or within such a big place can be overwhelming when you’re choosing the best spot to relocate to. Hopefully, this list is a great starting point for your search.
Did we leave your favorite spot off the list? Feel free to add it in our comments!