Get to Know New Orleans: Key Stats and Rankings

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Economic Development

  • DXC Technology was awarded the Silver Medal for #2 Economic Development Deal in America [Business Facilities]
  • Greater New Orleans is #1 for the Decade for Economic Development Wins in the South [SB&D]
  • Greater New Orleans was named #2 Most Cost-Friendly Mid-Sized Market in the USA [KPMG]
  • Louisiana was ranked #5 Best Business Conditions in the USA [Site Selection]
  • Louisiana was ranked #5 Fastest Growing Software Sector in America []
  • Greater New Orleans is the “Fastest Growing Tech Cluster in America” [Area Development]
  • Greater New Orleans is #1 in the USA for Export Growth, over 400% [US Chamber of Commerce]
  • MSY / New Orleans International is the #2 Fastest Growing Airport in America, 2006-2016 [FAA]
  • New Orleans was named the #1 City (of 475) for Employment, Income, and Population [NerdWallet]
  • Greater New Orleans is the #3 Big City Winning the IT Jobs Battle (after Silicon Valley and S.F.) [Forbes]
  • Port of South Louisiana is the #1 Largest in the Western Hemisphere [Fairplay]
  • Louisiana is one of the Best States to Operate a Small Business, meriting a grade of “A.” [The Economist]

 Talent / Workforce

  •  New Orleans was ranked #1 on the list of “America's Biggest Brain Magnets” [Forbes]
  • New Orleans is the #1 Fastest Growing “Traditional City” in America [Public Square / U.S. Census]
  • Louisiana’s FastStart training program ranked #1 in the USA eight years in a row [Business Facilities]
  • Greater New Orleans is #5 in the USA for In-Migration of Millennials [Urban Land Institute]
  • Greater New Orleans is Top 5 in the USA for increasing share of “Millennial (22-34) Jobs” [CareerBuilder]
  • Greater New Orleans ranks #2 in the in the USA for Women in Technology Jobs [U.S. Census]
  • The New Orleans metro area is #1 in the USA for in-migration of international residents [U.S. Census]
  • The Greater New Orleans market is ranked #8 for Happiest Workers in USA [Forbes]


  • New Orleans is the “Best City in America for Creative Professionals” [SmartAsset]
  • Greater New Orleans is #2 in the USA for Growth in Knowledge Industries [EMSI]
  • New Orleans is ranked #5 in USA for Women in Tech [SmartAsset]
  • New Orleans is the #5 city where entrepreneurship is booming [Entrepreneur]
  • Louisiana was rated the #2 State in the USA to Start a Company [Tax Foundation + KPMG]

Culture and Quality of Life

  •  New Orleans is the #1 Place to Go in the World in 2018 [New York Times]
  • New Orleans is the #1 Best Place for a Big Trip in 2018 in the World [Thrillist]
  • New Orleans is the #2 Favorite City in America [Travel + Leisure]
  • New Orleans is a “Most Dynamic City in America” [Worth]
  • New Orleans is #1 City in America for Growth in International Tourists [US Dept. of Commerce]
  • New Orleans was named “America’s Best City for School Reform” [Thomas B. Fordham Institute]