The 10 Best New Orleans, LA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in New Orleans.
Best Neighborhoods In New Orleans

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 2019:

  1. Audubon (Homes)
  2. Uptown (Homes)
  3. Garden District (Homes)
  4. Marlyville-Fontainebleau (Homes)
  5. Lake Shore-Lake Vista (Homes)
  6. Touro (Homes)
  7. Lakeview (Homes)
  8. East Carollton (Homes)
  9. Algeirs Point (Homes)
  10. Lakewood (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in New Orleans for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Audubon looks to be the best New Orleans neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best New Orleans hoods in 2019

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 69 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, Louisiana has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Audubon New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,424
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $625,889 (2nd best)
Median Income: $98,953 (5th best)
More on Audubon: Homes For Sale | Data

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”.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,504
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $444,700 (6th best)
Median Income: $72,123 (8th best)
More on Uptown: Homes For Sale | Data

Garden District New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,072
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $628,700 (1st best)
Median Income: $136,916 (1st best)
More on Garden District: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Marlyville-Fontainebleau New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,930
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $341,450 (15th best)
Median Income: $69,737 (9th best)
More on Marlyville-Fontainebleau: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,957
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $440,800 (7th best)
Median Income: $115,905 (4th best)
More on Lake Shore-Lake Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,906
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $522,400 (3rd best)
Median Income: $56,858 (20th best)
More on Touro: Homes For Sale | Data

Lakeview New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,015
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $356,393 (12th best)
Median Income: $89,164 (6th best)
More on Lakeview: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

East Carollton New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,961
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $386,800 (9th best)
Median Income: $56,848 (21st best)
More on East Carollton: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Algeirs Point New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,022
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $285,800 (17th best)
Median Income: $57,902 (18th best)
More on Algeirs Point: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Lakewood New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,812
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $472,767 (4th best)
Median Income: $132,083 (2nd best)
More on Lakewood: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In 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.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in New Orleans aren’t all good. Desire takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in New Orleans.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In New Orleans For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Audubon 16,424 $625,889 $98,953
2 Uptown 6,504 $444,700 $72,123
3 Garden District 2,072 $628,700 $136,916
4 Marlyville-Fontainebleau 5,930 $341,450 $69,737
5 Lake Shore-Lake Vista 2,957 $440,800 $115,905
6 Touro 2,906 $522,400 $56,858
7 Lakeview 8,015 $356,393 $89,164
8 East Carollton 3,961 $386,800 $56,848
9 Algeirs Point 3,022 $285,800 $57,902
10 Lakewood 1,812 $472,767 $132,083
11 French Quarter 3,286 $470,483 $66,865
12 Black Pearl 1,622 $429,100 $46,669
13 Navarre 2,902 $287,400 $65,049
14 West Riverside 4,866 $382,857 $50,954
15 Marigny 3,097 $355,550 $45,730
16 East Riverside 2,921 $282,500 $53,862
17 Central Business District 2,584 $269,920 $58,873
18 Lake Terrace And Oaks 1,435 $382,450 $116,810
19 Broadmoor 6,992 $255,933 $47,766
20 West End 4,058 $181,000 $59,060
21 Irish Channel 3,514 $271,280 $52,165
22 Fillmore 5,653 $230,300 $62,306
23 Fairgrounds 5,442 $198,800 $46,480
24 Old Aurora 18,186 $148,818 $57,192
25 Lower Garden District 6,360 $341,467 $65,813
26 Bayou Saint John 3,880 $254,380 $40,102
27 Milan 5,229 $185,991 $37,566
28 New Aurora-English Turn 6,495 $254,867 $76,446
29 City Park 2,763 $275,600 $46,964
30 Gentilly Terrace 10,159 $168,785 $43,834
31 Mid-City 14,238 $188,660 $32,249
32 Freret 1,615 $211,467 $39,495
33 Lake Catherine 677 $226,800 $61,250
34 Little Woods 32,311 $163,592 $29,104
35 Read Blvd East 8,886 $196,500 $58,658
36 Milneburg 4,640 $160,462 $40,528
37 Village De L’est 9,068 $102,414 $37,209
38 Leonidas 7,185 $199,577 $33,035
39 Bywater 3,515 $249,333 $43,515
40 Saint Anthony 4,618 $151,180 $36,796
41 Tall Timbers-Brechtel 14,493 $127,233 $49,435
42 Saint Thomas 1,974 $115,700 $24,507
43 Read Blvd West 4,730 $145,300 $31,998
44 Dillard 5,134 $142,675 $36,704
45 Gentilly Woods 3,156 $133,650 $39,818
46 Pontchartrain Park 2,144 $161,700 $38,039
47 Holy Cross 3,311 $139,643 $31,850
48 Plum Orchard 4,123 $141,500 $20,764
49 Holly Grove 5,815 $126,370 $24,190
50 Saint Bernard Area 2,472 $106,033 $21,394
51 Mcdonogh 2,645 $124,700 $27,985
52 Saint Claude 6,562 $156,929 $26,052
53 Saint Roch 6,398 $141,788 $23,281
54 Central City 13,536 $124,444 $24,007
55 Seventh Ward 10,552 $133,465 $21,520
56 Behrman 8,426 $105,762 $28,509
57 Whitney 2,259 $141,050 $28,523
58 Us Naval Base 2,282 $92,233 $33,662
59 Gert Town 4,082 $89,960 $19,409
60 Treme’ Lafitte 4,490 $126,860 $23,894
61 West Lake Forest 4,260 $114,375 $26,270
62 Lower 9th Ward 3,636 $104,867 $25,937
63 Dixon 1,458 $66,100 $16,628
64 Fischer Dev 1,061 $95,667 $21,098
65 Florida 1,427 $85,386 $17,125
66 Pines Village 3,187 $119,375 $20,048
67 Tulane-Gravier 3,437 $70,620 $19,298
68 Viavant-Venetian Isles 983 $93,750 $14,722
69 Desire 2,629 $26,725 $16,345

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