Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in New Orleans.
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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. So, if you're thinking of moving to Louisiana and New Orleans is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.
Here are the best neighborhoods in New Orleans for 2021.
So what's the best neighborhood to live in New Orleans for 2021? 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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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In New Orleans
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $625,889 (Second best)
Median Income: $98,953 (Fifth best)
More on Audubon: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $444,700 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $72,123 (Eighth best)
More on Uptown: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $628,700 (best)
Median Income: $136,916 (best)
More on Garden District: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $522,400 (Third best)
Median Income: $56,858 (19th best)
More on Touro: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $341,450 (15th best)
Median Income: $69,737 (Ninth best)
More on Marlyville-Fontainebleau: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $440,800 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $115,905 (Fourth best)
More on Lake Shore-Lake Vista: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $386,800 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $56,848 (20th best)
More on East Carollton: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $356,393 (12th best)
Median Income: $89,164 (Sixth best)
More on Lakeview: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $285,800 (17th best)
Median Income: $57,902 (17th best)
More on Algeirs Point: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $472,767 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $132,083 (Second best)
More on Lakewood: Homes For Sale | Data
How We Determined The Best New Orleans, LA Neighborhoods In 2021
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 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, Louisiana has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
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 2021
||Lake Shore-Lake Vista
||Central Business District
||Lake Terrace And Oaks
||Bayou Saint John
||Lower Garden District
||New Aurora-English Turn
||Read Blvd East
||Village De L'est
||Read Blvd West
||Saint Bernard Area
||Us Naval Base
||West Lake Forest
||Lower 9th Ward