The 10 Best Neighborhoods In New Orleans For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh 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. 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

Audubon New Orleans, LA

Population: 16,424
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

Population: 6,504
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

Garden District New Orleans, LA

Population: 2,072
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

Population: 2,906
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

Marlyville-Fontainebleau New Orleans, LA

Population: 5,930
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

Population: 2,957
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

East Carollton New Orleans, LA

Population: 3,961
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

Lakeview New Orleans, LA

Population: 8,015
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

Algeirs Point New Orleans, LA

Population: 3,022
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

Lakewood New Orleans, LA

Population: 1,812
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

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 Touro 2,906 $522,400 $56,858
5 Marlyville-Fontainebleau 5,930 $341,450 $69,737
6 Lake Shore-Lake Vista 2,957 $440,800 $115,905
7 East Carollton 3,961 $386,800 $56,848
8 Lakeview 8,015 $356,393 $89,164
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 West Riverside 4,866 $382,857 $50,954
14 Navarre 2,902 $287,400 $65,049
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 Broadmoor 6,992 $255,933 $47,766
19 Lake Terrace And Oaks 1,435 $382,450 $116,810
20 West End 4,058 $181,000 $59,060
21 Irish Channel 3,514 $271,280 $52,165
22 Fairgrounds 5,442 $198,800 $46,480
23 Old Aurora 18,186 $148,818 $57,192
24 Fillmore 5,653 $230,300 $62,306
25 Bayou Saint John 3,880 $254,380 $40,102
26 Lower Garden District 6,360 $341,467 $65,813
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 Little Woods 32,311 $163,592 $29,104
34 Read Blvd East 8,886 $196,500 $58,658
35 Milneburg 4,640 $160,462 $40,528
36 Village De L'est 9,068 $102,414 $37,209
37 Leonidas 7,185 $199,577 $33,035
38 Bywater 3,515 $249,333 $43,515
39 Saint Anthony 4,618 $151,180 $36,796
40 Tall Timbers-Brechtel 14,493 $127,233 $49,435
41 Saint Thomas 1,974 $115,700 $24,507
42 Read Blvd West 4,730 $145,300 $31,998
43 Dillard 5,134 $142,675 $36,704
44 Gentilly Woods 3,156 $133,650 $39,818
45 Pontchartrain Park 2,144 $161,700 $38,039
46 Holy Cross 3,311 $139,643 $31,850
47 Plum Orchard 4,123 $141,500 $20,764
48 Holly Grove 5,815 $126,370 $24,190
49 Saint Bernard Area 2,472 $106,033 $21,394
50 Mcdonogh 2,645 $124,700 $27,985
51 Saint Claude 6,562 $156,929 $26,052
52 Saint Roch 6,398 $141,788 $23,281
53 Central City 13,536 $124,444 $24,007
54 Seventh Ward 10,552 $133,465 $21,520
55 Behrman 8,426 $105,762 $28,509
56 Whitney 2,259 $141,050 $28,523
57 Us Naval Base 2,282 $92,233 $33,662
58 Treme' Lafitte 4,490 $126,860 $23,894
59 Gert Town 4,082 $89,960 $19,409
60 West Lake Forest 4,260 $114,375 $26,270
61 Tulane-Gravier 3,437 $70,620 $19,298
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 Viavant-Venetian Isles 983 $93,750 $14,722
68 Desire 2,629 $26,725 $16,345

About Chris Kolmar

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