New Orleans Quick Facts

New Orleans Quick Facts

Written on 11/08/2019
Guide to NOLA

New Orleans is a city like no other. In this true melting pot of cultures almost everything is unique, from food and music to architecture and culture. Much of New Orleans culture is closer to that of the Caribbean than the rest of the United States, and the city owes its unique blend to the influences of several Native American tribes, African-American, French, Spanish, Irish, and Caribbean cultures. 


  • Established in 1718, New Orleans is the 16th oldest city in the United States, predating the country's founding by 58 years.
  • Water is the lifeblood of New Orleans, and it was built for its proximity to lakes Ponchartrain & Borgne, the Mississippi River, and the many swamps and bayous of the Delta region.
  • Based on volume, the port of New Orleans is the sixth busiest port, and is the largest inland port in the United States. 
  • The Battle of New Orleans was the decisive turning point in the War for Independence.