New Orleans, LA Reviews

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New Orleans, Louisiana is a vibrant and unique city known for its rich history, diverse culture, and lively atmosphere. It's a popular tourist destination, but also a place that many people choose to call home. With its charming neighborhoods, delicious food, and lively music scene, it's no wonder that so many people are drawn to this city. However, like any place, there are pros and cons to living in New Orleans. To get a better understanding of what it's like to live in this particular place, we will include and summarize user reviews from

According to John S., a 10-year resident of New Orleans, the city has a "magical energy" that is hard to find anywhere else. He also praises the diverse and friendly community, stating that "everyone here is accepted and welcomed with open arms." However, he also mentions the city's struggles with crime and hurricanes, cautioning potential residents to be aware and take precautions.

On the other hand, Maria G., a 5-year resident, mentions the city's vibrant and unique culture as a major pro. She also loves the food and friendly people, saying, "You'll never run out of new restaurants to try and people to meet." But she also brings up the issue of traffic, stating that it can be "a nightmare during rush hour" and that it's important to plan your commute accordingly.

Another user, Sarah P., who has lived in New Orleans for 3 years, describes the city as a "fantastic mix of old and new." She appreciates the historic architecture and the fact that there's always something new to discover, but she also mentions the high cost of living and the difficulty of finding affordable housing in certain neighborhoods.

Finally, Mark D., who has lived in New Orleans for over 20 years, praises the city's resilience and sense of community, especially in the face of natural disasters. He also mentions the city's vibrant nightlife and music scene as major draws. However, he also warns that the city can be challenging for those with allergies, as there are many pollen-producing trees and plants.

Overall, the user reviews about living in New Orleans on paint a picture of a vibrant and unique city with a strong community and lively atmosphere. However, there are also challenges to living in this place, such as crime, hurricanes, traffic, high cost of living, and potential allergies. It's important for potential residents to do their research and weigh the pros and cons before making the decision to call New Orleans home.

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NOLA review - 7/1/2023
I have lived in NOLA for 6 years. Like all cities, you must take the good with the bad. It is more expensive than what you read about on the internet. The drivers are insane - stopping is optional, no respect for one-way streets, right hand turns from the left lane. From Memorial Day to mid-September it is so hot and muggy. Ok, all that is true. NOLA is so alive, it has a "front porch" culture where everyone is your neighbor, the people are friendly. You can enjoy the many festivals with your friends, no shame in staying home as well - it will be back next year. The weather is perfect mid-September to May. So many great restaurants tucked away in neighborhoods to find. It is bike friendly, public transportation is good and cheap, and the city is very walkable. Lots of wonderful parks and places to exercise and enjoy nature. I have taken the time to learn the history and culture of NOLA which makes living here so interesting. I am better for living here - it is a city that accepts Read More

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Unhappy here - 7/19/2022
I've lived here for going on 3 years. The person who lives with me wanted us to move here. It got old for me very soon after we moved here. Neither of us like it. People gripe about the weather I notice but other than the fear of a hurricane, the weather is the best thing about the New Orleans area. We got stuck out in 1 of the parishes but even if I lived right downtown, I might be a little happier, but I still would want out of here. We only got to travel out of here 3 times so far. We went to Houston once over a year ago. The other 2 times we went to Mobile, Alabama and Baton Rouge, LA, both are towns. New Orleans downtown is like 1 big town. The worse thing about the NOLA area to me is that any big city is very far away. Houston, Texas (not that exciting) takes 8 hours on the Amtrak to get to. Atlanta, Georgia takes 12 hours on the Amtrak to get there and about 10 hours I'd guess on a bus. I'd love to visit Atlanta or Dallas but they both take many hours to get there. Read More

Like a Sartre play with crawfish - 6/18/2022
Lived here 20 years, transplant from a dank Midwestern metropolis. For the first 15 years I was pretty much one of those rabid people foaming at the mouth whenever anyone dared critique the city. Then life happened. Job, house, kids, etc. Guess you could say I grew up. And this city ain’t for grownups who like things like stability, good quality of life, taxpayer funded services that actually work…that sorta stuff. This place is a hot miserable swamp half the year and then just plain broken the rest of the time. It’s an endless cycle of the same festivals over and over and the same people with the same ideas waxing poetic about “the good old days”. Like a Sartre play with crawfish. Read More

Hamage - 5/30/2021
Sorry new Orleans
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New Orleans is Not for Civil people - 5/30/2021
The city of New Orleans is a hell pit. For starters it’s ranked as the Most Corrupt, One of the top heavy crime areas in the nation. Murders are common. Drugs are out of control and so is the poverty rate. So the person saying it was one of the most friendly and positive cities, sounds like it’s a city official or someone too dumb to see reality. The place ranks poorest, least educated and a host of other lows, I think someone already pointed that out in other reviews because thats FACTS!

The mayor Latoya Cantrell is too busy keeping businesses shut down to even care about the crime or any of the city’s major issues. Pot holes are everywhere, the flood prevention measures are NEVER up to date because the funds that are supposed to be for upgrades to the infrastructure end up being stolen and misused by the Democrat run corrupt machine there.

EVERYONE has their hand out there and is on the take. The mayor destroyed countless small businesses and families and Read More

Most Friendly, Positive City I’ve Ever Lived In! - 9/24/2020
I’ve lived here for four years and plan to stay forever. What it lacks in infrastructure and weather, it makes up for with a sense of adventure, community, a multicultural population, friendliness, community and fun. I’m from New England, but New Orleans is my favorite US Read More

not bad - 12/21/2019
alright well, i dont know the city well, but here are some of my impressions. i had just come from ny, so i was used to people being very rude, so needless to say, new orleans seemed friendly. people greeted you, and generally are helpful. again, coming from ny, it was heavily segregated. white people socialized with whites, and blacks with blacks, but in new orleans, it seemed that blacks, and white associated with one another. you also get better bargains in new orleans. you can get a bufet on weekday lunches for only $10, but in ny, you only get a steak sandwich for that price, and not even a good one. the one major disdvantage nola has is that it is too hot, and wet. hotels too. in nola you get big nice rooms, whereas in ny you get small old rooms for $100. the downtown new orleans area seems to have a lot of thugs standing on the street, maybe even more than ny. when i saw that, it reminded me of Read More

Thoughts in Alabama - 8/22/2019
Sadly, the reviews here about the dangerous police, dangerous crime, corruption of public officials, bad race relations, bottom of the barrel education, and absence of a culture that once existed eons ago are all true. It was a mess there when I lived in it 40 years ago, and recent visits have shown that in many respects it is worse now. The Quarter or Uptown are fun places, but you take your life in your hands in many areas. Great food, great music, nice place to visit for a week and Read More
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Strange New Orleans - 5/13/2019
This city is really strange i mean really strange. If you ever come here to New Orleans, LA act Read More

New Orleans, corruption, filthy, cursed - 2/20/2019
I lived in New Orleans for 7 long years and I agree with the person that said the culture there is a myth.

What you encounter as a tourist and what you deal with as a resident are 2 completely different things. The residents still whine about hurricane Katrina. The fact is just look it up over $700 Million went missing of federal money that was given to New Orleans. Its never been accounted for. Now do the math, the politicians are just trash and corrupt to the core.

As a resident the amount of corruption becomes apparent rather quickly, the corruption runs deep and most things tin that town operate througha "good ol boy" club consisting of crooked sheriffs, judges, police and other city officials.

This is not my opinion , but fact I was a resident when Ray Nagin was in office and turns out that he was eventually put in prison for being corrupt. (Likely he was a sacrificial small fry in order to keep the rest of the corrupt system in place and Read More

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