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"The Queen of the Mississippi"
"The Crescent City"

The Louisiana state capital is Baton Rouge.

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70112, 70113, 70114, 70115, 70116, 70117, 70118, 70119, 70122, 70124, 70125, 70126, 70127, 70128, 70129, 70130, 70131

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Statistics & Facts

The population of New Orleans is approximately 274,000 (2007), 343829 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 215,091 (2000), 142158 (2010).

The amount of land area in New Orleans is 467.6 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in New Orleans is 180.56 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 439.225 sq kilometers.
The distance from New Orleans to Washington DC is 969 miles. The distance to the Louisiana state capital is 76 miles. (as the crow flies)
New Orleans is positioned 30.06 degrees north of the equator and 89.93 degrees west of the prime meridian.

New Orleans elevation is -6.5 to 20 feet above sea level.
New Orleans median income is $30,711 (2005).

The New Orleans median home price is $133,700 (2005).

New Orleans miscellany.

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New Orleans location: in Southeast Louisiana on the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Nearby communities include Gretna, Arabi, Terrytown, Harvey, Timberlane, Jefferson, Marrero and Chalmette.

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The geography for New Orleans is lowland with 51% of the city at or above sea level, with the more densely populated areas generally on higher ground. The average elevation of the city is currently between one and two feet below sea level, with some portions of the city as high as 16 feet and others as low as 10 feet below sea level.

Climate & Weather

The climate for New Orleans is semi-tropical. Because of the mild winters and, nice, long spring and summer seasons, the area is conducive to many outdoor activities throughout the year.
The weather in New Orleans is moderate. Freezing temperatures are rare and snowfall is even rarer though it has occurred. The average humidity for the year is around 76 percent. Generally, the summer months are the wettest and the Fall, particularly October, months are the driest. Here is a page for New Orleans weather
New Orleans average annual rainfall is 62 inches per year
New Orleans average temperature is 59.8 (October-March), 77.5 (April-Sept) degrees F.
The average low temperature is 59 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 78 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

New Orleans history:

A history page for New Orleans

Back in 1682, the present-day New Orleans area was visited by French explorer, Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle. Villages of the Quinipissa and Tangipahoa Indians were in this area at the time. Later, in 1699, another French explorer, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville, came into the area. After being named Governor of the Louisiana Territory, Jean Baptiste established a settlement here. The year was 1718. He named the settlement, Nouvelle Orleans. The name was in honor of duc d'Orleans, regent of France. By 1722, Nouvelle Orleans was made the capital of this French colony. In 1767, Louisiana was divided between England and Spain. At this time, New Orleans became the capital of Spanish Louisiana. Not very long after, in 1768-69, the Spanish rule was challenged, but this rebellion was quickly dispatched. In 1800, a secret transaction took place where New Orleans was ceded to France. Three years later, in 1803, the formal declaration took place. Soon after, the Louisiana Purchase was completed making Louisiana and New Orleans a part of the United States. Louisiana became a state in 1812 with New Orleans as its first capital. It stayed the capital until 1830. New Orleans again was named the capital from 1831 to 1849. The infamous "Battle of New Orleans" with General Andrew Jackson took place during the War of 1812. This battle took place near the end of the war in 1815 as the city was defended against the British troops. During the first half of the Nineteenth Century, steamboat traffic along the Mississippi made New Orleans one of the busiest ports in the USA. This surge in traffic and the growth of the bustling city made New Orleans the third largest city in the United States by 1852.
During the Civil War, New Orleans played a big part on both the Confederacy and the Union sides. It began as a port and military center for the Confederacy. Of course, Union troops desired the possession of the city for its many benefits. Captured in 1862 by a Union fleet, it remained a Union stronghold for the remainder of the war. After the Civil War, the shipping industry declined. For the rest of the century, shipping was not a prominent industry in New Orleans. Once the new century began, this industry began to pick up again. Once World War II was over, New Orleans began to growth and florish. In 1984, New Orleans was the site of a world's fair. Mardi Gras each year continues to be a major tourist event in the area.

Mardi Gras Indians
History of the tradition of these "ghetto gangs" and their "black Mardi Gras" -- its parade, history, and intricately beaded costumes.

Krewe of Orpheus
New Orleans's megaparade featuring musical themes and parading on Lundi Gras and founded by Harry Connick, Jr with Literary Muse, Anne Rice.

Krewe of Zulu
New Orleans' black Mardi Gras Krewe famous for its decorated coconut throws and colorful history.

Cities of the Dead
Read about the above-ground tombs in the cemeteries of New Orleans, and see some beautiful pictures and an excerpt from "New Orleans Cemeteries - Life in the Cities of the Dead"

St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans
History and pictures of the parade

History of Jazz in New Orleans.

Cajuns and Creoles
The founding of New Orleans: 1718
The incorporation date of New Orleans: 1805

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New Orleans Attractions: "NOTED NOTABLES"
Pete Fountain - Interview with the New Orleans jazz Legend. See NOTED NOTABLES New Orleans page for more famous folks of the area.

Sweet Emma Barrett - Great Jazz Pianist - Born 25 March 1897 in New Orleans, Louisiana and died 28 January 1983. She was an American self-taught jazz pianist and singer who worked with the original Tuxedo Orchestra between 1923 and 1936. She was most powerful in the early 1960s and became an icon with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Louis Armstrong - World Famous Jazzman - Born 4 August 1901 and died 6 July 1971. He was an American jazz trumpet player, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz music of his time. His career spanned from the 1920s to the 1960s through many different eras of Jazzz. His nick names were Satchmo or Pops.

Danny Barker - legendary jazzman - Born 13 January 1909 and died 13 March 1994. He was a jazz banjo player, singer, guitar and ukulele player, songwriter and author.

See this page for New Orleans attractions

See these pages - Experience New Orleans and N'awlins for much information about New Orleans.

The Big Easy and other New Orleans nicknames - The Paris of the Americas, America's International City, the Gateway to the Americas, The City that Care Forgot, and The Crescent City.

City Songs about New Orleans - interesting and entertaining information about New Orleans from a musical point of view by Elaine Ernst Schneider

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