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

Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC
GE Digital
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans
New Orleans Cold Storage
Reily Foods Company
TCI – Transportation Consultants, Inc.
Textron Marine & Land Systems
Tulane University
USDA, National Finance Center


Population (2015) – 389,617

Households (2014)

Housing Units – 192,445
Households – 150,409
Persons Per Household – 2.37
Median Age – 35.1
Median Gross Rent – $927
Estimated Median House or Condo Value – $184,100

Income (2014)

Median Household Income – $36,964
Average Household Income (2015) – $63,205
Per Capita Income – $27,255

Employment (November 2015)

Business Establishments – 8,853
Civilian Labor Force – 175,210
Number Employed – 164,622
Number Unemployed – 10,588
Unemployment Rate – 6.0%

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 70112
T: 504.799.4260

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
1515 Poydras Street, Suite 1010
New Orleans, LA 70112
T: 504.885.4262