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:
- Audubon (Homes)
- French Quarter (Homes)
- Marlyville-Fontainebleau (Homes)
- Marigny (Homes)
- Algeirs Point (Homes)
- Lakewood (Homes)
- East Carollton (Homes)
- Garden District (Homes)
- Lakeview (Homes)
- Lake Shore-Lake Vista (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around New Orleans that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in New Orleans.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Louisiana check out:
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How do you determine the top 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 67 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.
Median Income: $98,106
Median Home Value: $520,211
Audubon is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Uptown/Carrollton Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: South Claiborne Avenue to the north, Jefferson Avenue to the east, the Mississippi River and Magazine Street to the south, and Lowerline Street to the west. The name Audubon comes from Audubon Park, one of the largest parks in the city, which is located in the southern portion of the district. The area is also known as the ‘University District,’ as it is also home of Tulane and Loyola Universities, as well as the former St. Marys Dominican College, and Newcomb College. The Audubon neighborhood was also the home of the original campus of Leland University. The section of the neighborhood upriver from Audubon Park incorporates what was the town of Greenville, Louisiana until it was annexed to New Orleans in the 19th century; locals still sometimes call that area ‘Greenville’.
More on Audubon: Real Estate | Data
2. French Quarter
Median Income: $69,561
Median Home Value: $484,500
The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carr or Vieux Carr Historic District, is the oldest section of the City of New Orleans. Founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, New Orleans developed around the Vieux Carr, the city’s central square. Today, the district is commonly known as the French Quarter, or simply ‘the Quarter,’ a reflection of the diminished French influence after the Louisiana Purchase.
More on French Quarter: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $70,337
Median Home Value: $306,812
Fontainebleau and Marlyville are jointly designated as a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Uptown/Carrollton Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Colapissa and Broadway Streets and MLK Boulevard to the north, South Jefferson Davis Parkway, Octavia Street, Fontainebleau Drive, Nashville Avenue, South Rocheblave, Robert and South Tonti Street and Jefferson Avenue to the east, South Claiborne Avenue, Lowerline and Spruce Streets to the south and South Carrollton Avenue to the west.
More on Marlyville-Fontainebleau: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $49,570
Median Home Value: $320,875
Its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue to the north, Press Street to the east, the Mississippi River to the south, and Esplanade Avenue to the west.
More on Marigny: Real Estate | Data
5. Algeirs Point
Median Income: $55,412
Median Home Value: $260,833
Algiers Point is a location on the Lower Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. In river pilotage, Algiers Point is simply one of the many points of land around which the river flowsalbeit a significant one. Since the 1970s, the name Algiers Point has also referred to the neighborhood in the immediate vicinity of that point.
More on Algeirs Point: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $115,391
Median Home Value: $443,567
Lakewood is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Lakeview District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Veterans Memorial Boulevard to the north, Pontchartrain Boulevard and the Pontchartrain Expressway to the east, Last, Quince, Hamilton, Peach, Mistletoe, Dixon, Cherry and Palmetto Streets to the south and the 17th Street Canal to the west.
More on Lakewood: Real Estate | Data
7. East Carollton
Median Income: $49,670
Median Home Value: $342,025
East Carrollton is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Uptown/Carrollton Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Spruce Street to the northeast, Lowerline Street to the southeast, St. Charles Avenue to the southwest and South Carrollton Avenue to the northwest.
More on East Carollton: Real Estate | Data
8. Garden District
Median Income: $114,015
Median Home Value: $562,600
The Garden District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. A subdistrict of the Central City/Garden District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: St. Charles Avenue to the north, 1st Street to the east, Magazine Street to the south, and Toledano Street to the west. The National Historic Landmark district extends a little farther.
More on Garden District: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $85,042
Median Home Value: $338,764
Lakeview is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Lakeview District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Robert E. Lee Boulevard to the north, Orleans Avenue to the east, Florida Boulevard, Canal Boulevard and I-610 to the south and Pontchartrain Boulevard to the west. Lakeview is sometimes used to describe the entire area bounded by Lake Pontchartrain to the north, the Orleans Avenue Canal to the east, City Park Avenue to the south and the 17th Street Canal to the west. This larger definition includes the West End, Lakewood and Navarre neighborhoods, as well as the Lakefront neighborhoods of Lakeshore and Lake Vista.
More on Lakeview: Real Estate | Data
10. Lake Shore-Lake Vista
Median Income: $120,214
Median Home Value: $406,400
Lakeshore/Lake Vista is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. A subdistrict of the Lakeview District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Lake Pontchartrain to the north, Bayou St. John to the east, Robert E. Lee Boulevard to the south and Pontchartrain Boulevard and the New Basin Canal to the west. The neighborhood is composed of the Lakeshore and Lake Vista subdivisions, built on land reclaimed from Lake Pontchartrain. The Lakefront is a term sometimes used to name the larger neighborhood created by the Orleans Levee Board’s land reclamation initiative in early 20th century New Orleans; it includes Lakeshore and Lake Vista, as well as Lakeshore Drive, the lakefront park system, the University of New Orleans, Lake Terrace, and Lake Oaks.
More on Lake Shore-Lake Vista: Real Estate | Data
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:
- West Lake Forest
For more reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Louisiana
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Louisiana
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Louisiana
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In New Orleans
|10||Lake Shore-Lake Vista||2,767|
|12||Lower Garden District||6,837|
|13||New Aurora-English Turn||5,817|
|15||Lake Terrace And Oaks||1,494|
|24||Bayou Saint John||3,550|
|28||Central Business District||2,254|
|33||Read Blvd East||8,721|
|34||Read Blvd West||5,056|
|56||Saint Bernard Area||1,974|
|60||Us Naval Base||2,147|
|61||Village De L’Est||8,827|
|64||Lower 9Th Ward||3,366|
|66||West Lake Forest||4,031|