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New Orleans

About New Orleans

391,495 in city
1,235,650 in metro
468 km² (181 mi²)
-2.4384296513 m
Founded in 1718, the Crescent City is centered on a bend along the Mississippi River about 110 miles upstream from the Gulf of Mexico. Also bounded by Lake Pontchartrain to the north, the city is completely surrounded by water, with much of it actually resting below sea level. The city was named Novelle Orleans, or New Orleans, in honor of Phillippe II, Duc d'Orleans during the reign of French King Louis XV. Adrien de Pauger laid out the street plan of the now world-famous French Quarter in 1718. Now home to a wide range of shops and restaurants, the Quarter attracts visitors form all around the world. The city is most well known for the large party held annually since 1827, Mardi Gras. Carnival sweeps the city each year around February complete with extravagant parades in both the Garden District and the French Quarter. Also of note is the Jazz & Heritage Festival, which has occurred each spring since 1970. The festival pays homage to the great jazz musicians of the past since this unique musical form was born in New Orleans. The fusion of both French and Creole cultures make the city unlike any other within the United States.

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
608 All Buildings
510
existing
5
under construction
13
planned
54
unbuilt
26
demolished

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 One Shell Square 697 ft 1972
2 Capital One Tower 645 ft 1984
3 Plaza Tower 531 ft 1969
4 Energy Center 530 ft 1984
5 First Bank & Trust Tower 481 ft 1987