Moving to New Orleans? Here’s What You Need To Know

There aren’t many other places in the world like New Orleans. The city boasts delicious flavors, a lively schedule of events, unique neighborhoods, and a culture like no other.

Since we’ve been living around the Metro New Orleans area for years, we can help you navigate the ins and outs of life here! Here are a few things you should know if you’re making the move to the Big Easy.

The Food

Crawfish.

The food in New Orleans is legendary—and with good reason. There are a lot of influences present in the city, which means the flavors here are truly like no other. Creole and Cajun are two of the most popular styles of cooking, which include dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish boils, and po’boy sandwiches.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the city, ranging from beloved, decades-old institutions to new and inventive eateries. Compère Lapin is a James Beard award-winning restaurant blending French, Caribbean, and New Orleans flavors. Dooky Chase’s has been around since the 1940s and is known not only for delicious soul food, but also as a hot spot for civil rights, music, and culture (and served as the inspiration for Disney’s Princess Tiana!). Whether it’s Creole dishes or gourmet French cuisine, you’ll find it all around New Orleans!

The Festivals

Men playing trumpet on the street.

Did you know that New Orleans hosts over 130 festivals every year? Music, food, local art, jazz music, cocktails, po’boys—there’s a celebration for pretty much anything and everything you can think of! In fact, the city even claims the title of Festival Capital of the World (and we think it’s well-deserved).

You can’t talk about festivals in New Orleans without mentioning Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is the festival of festivals, bringing parades, carnivals, food and drink, everything else you could imagine—not to mention over 1 million guests! Other big festivals in the city include the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the New Orleans Oyster Festival, and the Essence Festival.

The Neighborhoods

Buildings in New Orleans.

New Orleans is full of diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, from the French Quarter to the Warehouse District, and each offers its own unique benefits. If you want an inside look at life in each of them, take a look at our in-depth guides!

Of course, there are also plenty of neighborhoods just outside of the city, as well—and we can help guide you around those, too. Suburbs of New Orleans include East Jefferson, the River Parishes, the Westbank, and the North Shore, all of which offer a little distance from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Job Market

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If you’re wondering about what work you can find in the city, there are a wide variety of major companies that call New Orleans home. The largest employers in the city include the Ochsner Health System, the St. Tammany Parish Public School Board, the Jefferson Parish School Board, Northrop Grumman, and LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

Find Your Home in New Orleans

There’s a lot more to life in New Orleans, and the best way to explore it all is to find your home here! Take some time to learn a little more about the city, browse our buying resources, and use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options.

Ready to get started with your buying journey? Give our team a call!

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