New Orleans Louisiana
About New Orleans
New Orleans (pron.: /nuË ËÉrliÉnz/ or /ËnuË ÉrËliËnz/, locally /nuË ËÉrlÉnz/ or /ËnÉrlÉnz/; French: La Nouvelle-OrlÃ©ans [la nuvÉlÉÊleÉÌ] ( listen)) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The New Orleans metropolitan area (New OrleansâMetairieâKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area) had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and was the 46th largest in the United States. The New OrleansâMetairieâBogalusa Combined Statistical Area, a larger trading area, had a 2010 population of 1,214,932.
The city is named after OrlÃ©ans, a city located on the Loire River in Centre, France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the "most unique" in America.