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Cities in the Spotlight: New Orleans

New Orleans may be the right destination for some young professionals.

New Orleans may be the right destination for some young professionals.

If you're thinking of packing the moving boxes and shipping off to New Orleans, there are some things your should know to make sure the city is the right fit for you. One of the major Gulf Coast hubs, the Crescent City has plenty to offer for those of all ages.

The city is the largest in the state of Louisiana, with a population of more than 360,000. A significant percentage of the population consists of young people, which may be very attractive to 20- and 30-something professionals looking for a long-term residence near with people their own age. In the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan statistical area, the population is more than 1 million. Additionally, there are many areas outside of the city just a short drive away that could be great to purchase a home and raise a family.

New Orleans is a great spot if you are a music lover, as it has a significant blues and jazz base. Meanwhile, those who enjoy contemporary music can take their pick, as it is a center for all types of music, including rock, country and hip hop.

Sports fans also can take their pick of things to do in the area. New Orleans provides two professional sports teams, as the National Football League's Saints play in the Louisiana Superdome, while the National Basketball Association's Hornets play nearby in the New Orleans Arena. There are also many college teams in the area for multiple sports.

Tulane University and the University of New Orleans are only two of the many colleges in the city, with Louisiana State University nearby in Baton Rouge.

Those who prefer outdoor activities also came to the right place. One of Louisiana's nicknames is "Sportsman's Paradise," as there is a large range of hunting, fishing, sailing and hiking options available.

History surrounds this Gulf Coast city
If you are a history buff, New Orleans offers plenty. It is one of the oldest settlements in the United States, and has a distinct French influence. This is prevalent through much of the local culture, especially for the city's Mardi Gras celebrations, which occur primarily in the city's French Quarter.

The fare native to New Orleans is distinct as well, which practically all residents of the city enjoy. Cajun and Creole influences, as well as the popular seafood industry and Southern-style cooking, leaves for unique fried and spicy food options. Some famous options are gumbo, bananas Foster and jambalaya.