New Orleans-Metairie, LA

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Population

1.28M

0.542% growth

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$50,528

3.53% growth

Poverty Rate

18%


Number of Employees

587,412

0.455% decline

Median Property Value

$193,100

2.66% growth

About

In 2017, New Orleans-Metairie, LA had a population of 1.28M people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $50,528. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of New Orleans-Metairie, LA grew from 1.27M to 1.28M, a 0.542% increase and its median household income grew from $48,804 to $50,528, a 3.53% increase.

The population of New Orleans-Metairie, LA is 51.1% White Alone, 34.8% Black or African American Alone, and 9.02% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in New Orleans-Metairie, LA speak a non-English language, and 95.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in New Orleans-Metairie, LA are Tulane University of Louisiana (4,548 degrees awarded in 2016), Delgado Community College (3,600 degrees), and University of New Orleans (1,834 degrees).

The median property value in New Orleans-Metairie, LA is $193,100, and the homeownership rate is 62.2%. Most people in New Orleans-Metairie, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.6 minutes. The average car ownership in New Orleans-Metairie, LA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of New Orleans-Metairie, LA employs 587k people. The largest industries in New Orleans-Metairie, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (78,191 people), Retail Trade (61,270 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (58,664 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($85,462), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,652), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,531).

Median household income in New Orleans-Metairie, LA is $50,528. Males in New Orleans-Metairie, LA have an average income that is 1.5 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,387. The income inequality in New Orleans-Metairie, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,528

2017 value

± $989

3.53%

1 Year Growth

± 3.23%

Households in New Orleans-Metairie, LA have a median annual income of $50,528, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $48,804 in 2016, which represents a 3.53% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,283

Average Male Salary

± $1,582

$41,387

Average Female Salary

± $1,067

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.5 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,521 ± $10,475

  2. White

    $52,016 ± $1,199

  3. American Indian

    $46,307 ± $10,681

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.18 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for New Orleans-Metairie, LA is from Louisiana.

0.468

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.668% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in New Orleans-Metairie, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $70,561, followed by St. Tammany Parish, LA and Livingston Parish, LA, with respective values of $67,396 and $60,471.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Orleans-Metairie, LA (223k out of 1.24M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    129,314 ± 2,448

  2. White

    75,530 ± 1,961

  3. Hispanic

    23,569 ± 1,165

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in New Orleans-Metairie, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

587k

2017 Value

± 12,747

-0.455%

1 Year decline

± 3.05%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in New Orleans-Metairie, LA declined at a rate of -0.455%, from 590k employees to 587k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in New Orleans-Metairie, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (73,729 people), Sales & Related Occupations (60,112 people), and Management Occupations (57,594 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of New Orleans-Metairie, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of New Orleans-Metairie, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (73,729 people), Sales & Related Occupations (60,112 people), and Management Occupations (57,594 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, New Orleans-Metairie, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.85 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.41 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of New Orleans-Metairie, LA, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($84,622), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,896), and Legal Occupations ($80,759).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

587k

2017 Value

± 12,747

-0.455%

1 Year decline

± 3.05%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in New Orleans-Metairie, LA declined at a rate of -0.455%, from 590k employees to 587k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in New Orleans-Metairie, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (78,191 people), Retail Trade (61,270 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (58,664 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of New Orleans-Metairie, LA, though some of these residents may live in New Orleans-Metairie, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in New Orleans-Metairie, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (78,191 people), Retail Trade (61,270 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (58,664 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, New Orleans-Metairie, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.38 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.38 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in New Orleans-Metairie, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($85,462), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,652), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,531).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($69.1B) and Basic chemicals ($38B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Louisiana state.

$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91% of the population of New Orleans-Metairie, LA has health coverage, with 41.6% on employee plans, 24% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.38% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of New Orleans-Metairie, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in New Orleans-Metairie, LA see 1527 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1881 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,527 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,527 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.97%

Uninsured

41.6%

Employer Coverage

24%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

12.5%

Non-Group

1.38%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in New Orleans-Metairie, LA declined by 11.8% from 10.2% to 8.97%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in New Orleans-Metairie, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

New Orleans-Metairie, LA is home to a population of 1.28M people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.5% of New Orleans-Metairie, LA residents were born outside of the country (95.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of New Orleans-Metairie, LA is composed of 652k White Alone residents (51.1%), 444k Black or African American Alone residents (34.8%), 115k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.02%), 37.9k Asian Alone residents (2.97%), 17.9k Two or More Races residents (1.41%), 4.87k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.382%), 3.56k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.279%), and 159 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0125%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in New Orleans-Metairie, LA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in New Orleans-Metairie, LA was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in New Orleans-Metairie, LA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all New Orleans-Metairie, LA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

95.7k people

7.28%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

92.4k people

As of 2017, 7.5% of New Orleans-Metairie, LA residents (95.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in New Orleans-Metairie, LA was 7.28%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    30,006 ± 4,239 people

  2. Honduras

    29,778 ± 4,223 people

  3. Vietnam

    15,817 ± 3,082 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 30,006 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 29,778 and Vietnam with 15,817.

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Citizenship

95.7%

2017 Citizenship

95.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.7% of New Orleans-Metairie, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in New Orleans-Metairie, LA was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    652k ± 2.79k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    444k ± 2.9k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    115k ± 6.99k

In 2017, there were 1.47 times more White Alone residents (652k people) in New Orleans-Metairie, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 444k Black or African American Alone and 115k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in New Orleans-Metairie, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of New Orleans-Metairie, LA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in New Orleans-Metairie, LA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of New Orleans-Metairie, LA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    20,742 ± 1,927

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    11,324 ± 1,695

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    10,258 ± 2,311

New Orleans-Metairie, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in New Orleans-Metairie, LA awarded 18,886 degrees. The student population of New Orleans-Metairie, LA is skewed towards women, with 22,412 male students and 38,655 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in New Orleans-Metairie, LA are White (8,562 and 47.9%), followed by Black or African American (5,081 and 28.4%), Unknown (1,602 and 8.96%), and Hispanic or Latino (1,422 and 7.96%).

The largest universities in New Orleans-Metairie, LA by number of degrees awarded are Tulane University of Louisiana (4,548 and 24.1%), Delgado Community College (3,600 and 19.1%), and University of New Orleans (1,834 and 9.71%).

The most popular majors in New Orleans-Metairie, LA are General Cosmetology (1,225 and 6.49%), General Studies (1,197 and 6.34%), and Medical Assistant (780 and 4.13%).

The median tuition costs in New Orleans-Metairie, LA are $18,195 for private four year colleges, and $7,020 and $15,495 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 377 degrees awarded

  2. 367 degrees awarded

  3. 389 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in New Orleans-Metairie, LA was General Psychology with 377 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in New Orleans-Metairie, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,548 degrees awarded

  2. 3,600 degrees awarded

  3. 1,834 degrees awarded

$7,020

Median In-State Public

$18,195

Median Private

In 2016, the New Orleans-Metairie, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tulane University of Louisiana with 4,548 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,477

Degrees Awarded to Men

12,409

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 6,477 men were awarded degrees from institutions in New Orleans-Metairie, LA, which is 0.522 times less than the 12,409 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in New Orleans-Metairie, LA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8,562 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    5,081 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    1,602 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in New Orleans-Metairie, LA were to White students. These 8,562 degrees mean that there were 1.69 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 5,081 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in New Orleans-Metairie, LA was $193,100 in 2017, which is 0.887 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $188,100 to $193,100, a 2.66% increase. The homeownership rate in New Orleans-Metairie, LA is 62.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in New Orleans-Metairie, LA have an average commute time of 24.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in New Orleans-Metairie, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$50,528

Median Household Income

± $989

482k

Number of Households

± 10,333

In 2017, the median household income of the 482k households in New Orleans-Metairie, LA grew to $50,528 from the previous year's value of $48,804.

The following chart displays the households in New Orleans-Metairie, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$193,100

2017 Median

± $3,486

$188,100

2016 Median

± $3,901

In 2017, the median property value in New Orleans-Metairie, LA grew to to $193,100 from the previous year's value of $188,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in New Orleans-Metairie, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In New Orleans-Metairie, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in New Orleans-Metairie, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In New Orleans-Metairie, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

62.2%

2017 Homeownership

60.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.2% of the housing units in New Orleans-Metairie, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in New Orleans-Metairie, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in New Orleans-Metairie, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in New Orleans-Metairie, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

24.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in New Orleans-Metairie, LA have a shorter commute time (24.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.14% of the workforce in New Orleans-Metairie, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.3%

  2. Carpooled

    9.35%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.71%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in New Orleans-Metairie, LA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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