These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In New Orleans For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in New Orleans are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown New Orleans, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all New Orleans neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in New Orleans are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in New Orleans for 2018:

  1. Audubon
  2. French Quarter
  3. Marlyville-Fontainebleau
  4. Marigny
  5. Algeirs Point
  6. Lakewood
  7. East Carollton
  8. Lakeview
  9. Garden District
  10. Lake Shore-Lake Vista

Read on to see how we determined the places around New Orleans that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Louisiana check out the best places in Louisiana overall or the worst neighborhoods in New Orleans.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in New Orleans for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in New Orleans, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 68 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In New Orleans.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Audubon.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places New Orleans has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Audubon

Population: 16,162
Median Income: $98,106
Median Home Value: $520,211

2. French Quarter

Population: 3,282
Median Income: $69,561
Median Home Value: $484,500

3. Marlyville-Fontainebleau

Population: 6,431
Median Income: $70,337
Median Home Value: $306,812

4. Marigny

Population: 2,727
Median Income: $49,570
Median Home Value: $320,875

5. Algeirs Point

Population: 2,622
Median Income: $55,412
Median Home Value: $260,833

6. Lakewood

Population: 1,754
Median Income: $115,391
Median Home Value: $443,567

7. East Carollton

Population: 4,103
Median Income: $49,670
Median Home Value: $342,025

8. Lakeview

Population: 7,788
Median Income: $85,042
Median Home Value: $338,764

9. Garden District

Population: 1,950
Median Income: $114,015
Median Home Value: $562,600

10. Lake Shore-Lake Vista

Population: 2,767
Median Income: $120,214
Median Home Value: $406,400

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of New Orleans

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in New Orleans where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in New Orleans:

  1. Florida
  2. West Lake Forest
  3. Iberville

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In New Orleans

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Audubon 1 16,162 $520,211 1,996 3.0%
French Quarter 2 3,282 $484,500 1,996 2.2%
Marlyville-Fontainebleau 3 6,431 $306,812 1,996 3.7%
Marigny 4 2,727 $320,875 1,996 2.3%
Algeirs Point 5 2,622 $260,833 1,996 4.4%
Lakewood 6 1,754 $443,567 1,996 1.6%
East Carollton 7 4,103 $342,025 1,996 6.1%
Lakeview 8 7,788 $338,764 1,996 2.8%
Garden District 9 1,950 $562,600 1,996 9.1%
Lake Shore-Lake Vista 10 2,767 $406,400 1,996 2.5%
Black Pearl 11 1,490 $369,750 1,996 3.2%
Lower Garden District 12 6,837 $338,900 1,996 5.8%
New Aurora-English Turn 13 5,817 $237,633 2,280 5.9%
West Riverside 14 5,086 $341,186 1,996 5.5%
Touro 15 3,070 $523,133 1,996 2.2%
Lake Terrace And Oaks 16 1,494 $368,300 1,996 3.5%
Uptown 17 6,477 $393,750 1,996 3.2%
Irish Channel 18 3,623 $232,720 2,434 6.6%
City Park 19 2,821 $225,550 2,886 1.6%
Freret 20 1,460 $203,333 3,863 5.0%
Navarre 21 2,649 $254,267 2,400 5.9%
West End 22 3,830 $197,320 3,187 5.3%
Old Aurora 23 16,284 $156,336 4,797 6.5%
Bayou Saint John 24 3,550 $247,240 2,620 8.8%
Central City 25 13,454 $142,648 5,722 10.4%
Fillmore 26 5,423 $201,775 3,818 7.3%
Saint Anthony 27 3,675 $150,300 5,740 10.9%
Central Business District 28 2,254 $209,040 2,464 4.4%
Gentilly Terrace 29 9,519 $166,215 4,833 7.6%
Leonidas 30 7,303 $194,846 4,190 8.4%
Saint Thomas 31 2,002 $188,667 4,610 6.2%
Mid-City 32 14,194 $181,555 4,949 7.1%
Read Blvd West 33 5,056 $142,925 6,107 12.4%
Read Blvd East 34 8,721 $195,383 4,461 6.8%
Seventh Ward 35 11,027 $130,583 6,215 11.0%
East Riverside 36 3,245 $260,920 2,090 8.7%
Fairgrounds 37 5,446 $188,462 4,355 9.0%
Gentilly Woods 38 2,970 $130,625 6,044 12.9%
Milan 39 5,180 $159,345 5,157 9.9%
Broadmoor 40 6,381 $250,489 3,136 7.4%
Milneburg 41 3,857 $157,138 5,491 7.4%
Bywater 42 3,234 $178,400 3,892 7.8%
Little Woods 43 30,512 $166,592 5,507 7.4%
Tall Timbers-Brechtel 44 12,821 $134,278 5,301 6.7%
Treme’ Lafitte 45 4,710 $127,460 6,440 12.9%
Pines Village 46 3,352 $137,500 6,183 14.3%
Whitney 47 2,368 $107,100 6,675 11.1%
Dillard 48 4,606 $143,675 5,855 8.9%
Dixon 49 1,374 $103,100 6,815 10.0%
Holy Cross 50 3,005 $104,714 6,235 4.2%
Plum Orchard 51 4,189 $118,914 6,396 4.6%
Saint Claude 52 6,197 $149,393 5,792 9.2%
Pontchartrain Park 53 1,915 $154,300 5,769 8.1%
Mcdonogh 54 2,274 $125,750 5,975 7.5%
Tulane-Gravier 55 3,237 $101,600 7,133 11.3%
Saint Bernard Area 56 1,974 $106,033 6,923 6.1%
Saint Roch 57 5,751 $120,388 6,289 6.9%
Holly Grove 58 5,321 $110,780 6,700 9.3%
Behrman 59 8,716 $109,750 6,829 8.0%
Us Naval Base 60 2,147 $83,067 6,712 6.9%
Village De L’Est 61 8,827 $99,971 6,839 7.4%
Fischer Dev 62 1,016 $30,800 7,984 11.9%
Gert Town 63 3,822 $139,080 6,728 8.2%
Lower 9Th Ward 64 3,366 $94,000 6,823 7.5%
Desire 65 2,274 $52,825 7,962 14.7%
West Lake Forest 67 4,031 $104,550 6,796 9.4%
Florida 68 1,243 $79,357 7,421 8.0%

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