Information About New Orleans

The total estimated population is 525,393. Density is average at 3,197 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: Black: 330,764; White: 170,402; Asian: 11,496; Two or More Races: 6,637; American Indian: 1,115; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 121; Other Race: 4,858; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 16,324 (3%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 509,069 (97%)

There are 22,230 foreign born residents, of which 49.9% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Vietnam: 4,702; Honduras: 3,040; Cuba: 938; United Kingdom: 835; India: 788; Nicaragua: 783; Guatemala: 754; U.S. Born: This State: 405,781; South: 54,139; Midwest: 16,179; Northeast: 13,912; West: 10,173;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in New Orleans Most Common US Birthplaces in New Orleans

The sex distribution is 47% male and 53% female. The median age is 32 years.

Age Distribution

There are 27,967 married couples with children and 31,378 single-parent households (4,031 men, 27,347 women).

The median household income is $27,411 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Louisiana: $32,566; New Orleans: $27,411;

27% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Louisiana: 20%; New Orleans: 27%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 141,136; Government: 41,827; Self-employed: 11,912; Unpaid family work: 834; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 74,773; Sales and office: 55,590; Professional and related: 50,925; Service: 44,715; Office and administrative support: 32,229; Management, business, and financial operations: 23,848;

Work Types in New Orleans Common Occupations in New Orleans

The average commute time is 27 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 130,377; Car or truck (carpooled): 32,928; Public transportation: 26,245; Walked: 10,262; Worked at home: 5,433; Bicycle: 2,274; Motorcycle: 266;

Transportation to work methods in New Orleans

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in New Orleans.

There are 234,455 housing units, of which 134,837 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 98,615; Renter: 107,830; Vacant: 28,010; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 65,132; Not Mortgaged: 33,483;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in New Orleans

The median single family home value is $94,585.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Louisiana: $816; New Orleans: $901;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Louisiana: $365; New Orleans: $376;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 64,642; 1940 to 1949: 31,821; 1950 to 1959: 40,804; 1960 to 1969: 36,204; 1970 to 1979: 32,110; 1980 to 1989: 20,216; 1990 to 1994: 3,916; 1995 to 1998: 3,646; 1999 to March 2000: 1,096;

2.1% of homes lack plumbing and 4.2% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 128,091; Electricity: 74,730; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 1,997; No Fuel: 1,108;

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