Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexNew OrleansLouisianaNational
Income per capita$32,764$25,515$29,829
Median household income$43,258$45,652$55,322
Median income owner occupied$66,522$59,392$70,586
Median income renter occupied$27,017$27,113$35,192
Median earnings male$37,820$38,087$36,919
Median earnings female$27,907$22,909$26,250
Unemployment rate5.2%4.6%4.7%
Poverty level23.0%19.7%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in New Orleans is 10% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in New Orleans is 22% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in New Orleans is 12% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in New Orleans is 52% higher than the national average

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      $28,835 $43,258 $86,516
      $30,431 $45,652 $91,304
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      New Orleans median earnings by income bracket

      New Orleans employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry9.1%9.1%
      Manufacturing sector5.2%5.2%
      Financial & insurance services2.5%2.5%
      Wholesale & retail services11.1%11.1%
      Public administration5.2%5.2%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities8.8%8.8%
      Education, health & social services15.6%15.6%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Lafourche Crossing, LA1,982$101,78684.0%
      Belle Chasse, LA10,241$85,36054.3%
      Elmwood, LA6,099$73,90433.6%
      River Ridge, LA13,690$72,05630.2%
      Estelle, LA17,330$71,94830.1%
      New Orleans, LA391,249$43,25821.8%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Wichita, KS390,566$53,4663.4%
      Tampa, FL395,912$55,6340.6%
      Arlington, TX397,269$63,35114.5%
      Cleveland, OH383,331$31,83842.4%
      Tulsa, OK402,441$49,47410.6%
      New Orleans, LA391,249$43,25821.8%
      Source: The New Orleans, LA employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).