Good places to live in New Orleans

New Orleans has many good places to live. The first step is identifying which neighborhood appeals to you. Each one has its own character and flavor.


We found this mailbox in Uptown. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

There isn’t one neighborhood that’s “bad to live in.” Every neighborhood has good places and bad places in it. It’s important to find a neighborhood that has a place you can afford and amenities you desire. For some, that might mean a small studio in the French Quarter. For others, that may mean a standalone home with a yard in Gentilly.

If you have time, it’s important to drive and walk through your block BEFORE you get your apartment/house. The neighborhoods sometimes change dramatically by block by block. And don’t rely on Google Streetview. Our city is changing so rapidly that Google’s images are frequently outdated.

We love this neighborhood breakdown from It’s not an exhaustive list, but it helps get you started. And, click here for a simplified neighborhood map.

Once you’ve identified neighborhoods you’re interested in, check out our guide to finding an apartment in New Orleans.

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Lower Garden District


New Orleans East


5 thoughts on “Good places to live in New Orleans

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  2. alellzey says:

    I am currently looking for an apartment–one bedroom just for me. Does it cost money to use the real estate agent y’all used? I’ve debated it, but since I’m on a tight budget, I didn’t know if it was possible! (and if people really used realtors for renting apartments)

    • Hey! It doesn’t cost money to use a real estate agent. The property owners pay the realtor’s fees.

      You can check craigslist and padmapper. You’ll find more apartments listed by the owners. And if you already are in New Orleans, a good option is to drive around town and look for “for rent” signs.

      Hope that helps!

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