Orleans Parish


Orleans Parish is located between the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, with access to the Port of New Orleans, major railways, and close proximity to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. With an established and widening industrial base-including stalwarts such as energy, trade, and advanced manufacturing, as well as emerging strengths like film and digital media, the parish has significant resources and participation invested by both public and private organizations. Firm commitments from the state of Louisiana and local government have positioned Orleans Parish to be a driver for the Greater New Orleans region’s economic prosperity. The opportunities for business are tremendous.


Orleans Parish is coextensive with the city of New Orleans, one of the most unique cities in the United States and the world. New Orleans is a complex, cosmopolitan city with modern skyscrapers, centuries-old mansions, five-star restaurants, world-class shopping, abundant live music, breathtaking natural beauty, and a world-famous spirit.

Largest Corporations

LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans
Tulane University
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Touro Infirmary
Boh Bros. Construction Co. LLC
USDA, National Finance Center
Textron Marine & Land Systems
Naval Support Activity
Children’s Hospital


Population (2009) – 354,850


Housing Units – 167,573
Households – 113,935
Persons Per Household – 2.77
Median Age – 33.1
Median Rent for Apartments (2009) – $740
Estimated Median House or Condo Value (2009) – $192,600


Median Household Income – $35,243
Average Household Income – $50,990
Per Capita Income – $23,559

Employment (April 2011)

Business Establishments – 10,177
Civilian Labor Force – 146,724
Number Employed – 134,480
Number Unemployed – 12,344
Unemployment Rate – 8.4%

Jobs Advertised Online (2009)

Job Openings – 64,891
Entry Level Wage – $31,200
Mean Wage – $58,483
Median Wage – $49,860
Experienced Wage – $77,753

Parish Profile


Parish Contact Information

City of New Orleans
1300 Perdido St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
T: 504.658.4000

New Orleans Business Alliance
935 Gravier Street
Suite 2020
New Orleans, LA 70112
T: 504.934.4500

New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
1515 Poydras St. Suite 1010
New Orleans, LA 70130
T: 504.561.0536

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
1414 Poydras Street, Suite 1010
New Orleans, LA 70112
T: 504.885.4262