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]

New Orleans Top 5: Audubon and Feret (Uptown)


Send New Orleans is actively praying Luke 10:2 for neighborhoods and communities in New Orleans that are in need of a gospel witness. Realizing the greatest way to impact a community is through evangelism, disciple-making, and church planting, we are praying for passionate church planters and kingdom-minded partnering churches to adopt one of our top 5 specific locations in New Orleans to plant a church. 

“He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2, CSB)

Summer of 2018 saw sixteen college students move to New Orleans for seven weeks to serve in with Gen Send. The North American Mission Board Gen Send program brings college students from across North America to urban cities in the Send Network. College students spend seven weeks working with the city missionary and church planters to learn, contextualize, and map neighborhoods that are potential locations for future church plants. Gen Send students are trained to use the book Tradecraft to compile missiological data and community information. 

The 2018 students did an outstanding job of providing a prospectus for the Audobon and Feret Uptown area of New Orleans. Their prospectus, included below, includes a trove of contextual data and missiological information that will help the next church planter and sending church considering this area of New Orleans. 

Audubon and Feret Prospectus 

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