New Orleans Key Stats and Rankings

 

Ease of Doing Business

  • Lowest corporate income tax in the nation, city of New Orleans/KPMG, 2016
  • Lowest cost of Doing Business,city of New Orleans/Business Facilities, 2016
  • #2  Lowest Cost of Doing Business, mid-size cities/KPMG, 2016
  • Top States for Doing Business, Louisiana/Area Development, 2016

Recently Ranked in Top 10 States 2017, Prosperity Cup Challenge

Criteria Evaluated:

  • Total new and expanded facilities in 2016
  • Total new and expanded facilities in 2016 per 1 million population
  • Total capital investment in new and expanded facilities in 2016
  • Total capital investment in new and expanded facilities per 1 million population in 2016
  • Total new jobs created in 2016
  • Total new jobs created in 2016 per 1 million population
  • Rank in the corporate real estate executive portion of the 2016 Site Selection Business Climate Ranking
  • State tax climate as ranked by the Tax Foundation
  • Performance in the Beacon Hill Institute’s State Competitiveness Index
  • Number of National Career Readiness Certificates per 1,000 residents aged 18-64, according to ACT – Workforce Development Division, administrator of the ACT Certified Work Ready Communities initiative

Source: Site Selection Magazine

Talented Workforce

  • #2 Tech employment growth in the U.S., 2013-2016/SmartAsset, 2016
  • #3 Highest ratio of women in computer and math occupations in the U.S./SmartAsset, 2016
  • Top 10 Cities for Women in Tech, 2015-2016, city of New Orleans/SmartAsset, 2016
  • #1 City for creatives, city of New Orleans,/SmartAsset, 2016
  • #2 Percentage of Millenials living within three miles of downtown/U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “Innovation That Matters,” 2016
  • #1 Workforce training program in the U.S., Louisiana FastStart, 2009-2016/Business Facilities, 2016
  • Top 25 Cities Ready To Navigate the Next Wave of the Digital Economy, city of New Orleans workforce/U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “Innovation That Matters,” 2016
  • Seven colleges and universities within the city limits
  • One of only 15 U.S. cities with two medical schools
  • Education industry businesses strong, with higher-than-the-national average percentage of workers/U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “Innovation That Matters,” 2016

Diverse Assets

  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport building a new, ground-up terminal for 2018 completion
  • Civic leadership, cultural life, entrepreneurship support creative industries’ development/Worth, 2016
  • Most efficient public spending in the U.S., urban centers/WalletHub 2016
  • #1 Significant capital investment and job creation per capita, Louisiana, of Southern states/Southern Business & Development, 2016

People-Friendly, Bike/Walk-Friendly City

  • Top 20 Most Charming Cities in America/Travel+Leisure, 2017
  • Top 20 Friendliest Cities in the U.S./Conde Nast Traveler, 2016
  • Top 10 Most Charitable Cities/Barna, 2016
  • #2 Americorps members generated in the U.S./Corporation for National & Community Service, 2016
  • Top Walk and Bike scores, city of New Orleans/Trust for Public Land, ParkScore, 2016
  • High percentage of city area devoted to park land/Trust for Public Land, ParkScore, 2016
  • “Silver” ranking for bicycle friendliness, city of New Orleans/League of American Bicyclists, 2015
  • Top 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities, city of New Orleans/Redfin, 2015

Only in New Orleans

With hundreds of theater, art, live music, sports, festivals and recreational events each year, living in New Orleans is a perpetual celebration. In New Orleans, you get the action of a big city and the benefits of a small town, including accessibility, low commute times, and the ease of building strong personal and professional networks.

  • More than 35 internationally acclaimed festivals and events year-round such as Mardi Gras, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival and ESSENCE® Fest
  • Home to NFL and NBA teams – New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans
  • #1 U.S. City for Foodies/Travel & Leisure, 2016
  • #15 Worldwide Cities for Arts, Culture & Entertainment/Resonance Report, 2016
  • More than 20 James Beard Awards winners (the Oscars of the culinary world) among New Orleans restaurants and chefs
  • Shaya restaurant – “Best New Restaurant”/James Beard Foundation, 2016
  • Alon Shaya – “Best Chef: South”/James Beard Foundation, 2015
  • Live music every night of the week – wide array of styles, genres and venues
  • Thriving arts and cultural scene in galleries, open studios, theatres, concert halls and museums

An Interconnected City

  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport hosts 15 airlines, 54 nonstop flights, and connects to all U.S. hubs; new, ground-up terminal under construction for 2018 completion
  • Port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River – more than $296 million capital infrastructure investment for quick container turnaround, increased capacity
  • Connection to all 6 Class One Railroads via the Public Belt Railroad makes shipping to any point in the U.S. possible by rail
  • $1.2 Billion in public transit projects in progress and planning
  • #2 Americorps members generated in the U.S./Corporation for National & Community Service, 2016
  • “Silver” ranking for bicycle friendliness, city of New Orleans/League of American Bicyclists, 2015
  • Top 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities, city of New Orleans/Redfin, 2015

Success Stories

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Cobalt Medical Development

Cobalt Medical Development is planning to build a $22 million state-of-the-art medical facility and rehabilitation hospital in New Orleans.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is making a $3 million investment at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility.

GE

GE selected New Orleans as home to their first dedicated IT center for its GE Capital unit.

Gameloft

Paris-based Gameloft chose New Orleans as the home of the company’s first North American video game development operations center.