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How does Louisiana's personal tax rate compare to other states?
Where should I look for a job in Greater New Orleans?
What is the best resource for finding an apartment?
What is the Homestead tax exemption? How do I know if I qualify?
When is the "tourist season" in New Orleans?
Where can I find a New Orleans event calendar?
Is the Greater New Orleans area pet friendly?
When and where is Mardi Gras each year?
Is there a fee for participating in Mardi Gras?
Is Mardi Gras an X-rated event? Can I bring my children to the parade?
What is New Orleans' LGBT community like?
What resources exist for locating daycare facilities and local parenting websites?
How do I register my car?
What is a brake tag?
Where can I find a bike map in New Orleans?
What type of public transportation is available in Greater New Orleans?
What is the climate of Greater New Orleans?
What resources exist regarding evacuation?
How will I know if I need to evacuate?



Louisiana has "parishes" instead of "counties".


Central Business District . The section of downtown New Orleans in which most skyscrapers and large businesses are located.


Within the city limits, locals often use the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain as markers when giving directions. "Riverside" is used to refer to heading in the direction of the river. "Lakeside" is used to refer to the direction heading towards Lake Pontchartrain.

West Bank

Communities such as Gretna, Algiers and Marrero are on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. People are often confused because they must travel East on US Route 90 to get to the West Bank.

East Bank

Communities such as New Orleans, Kenner and Harahan are on the East Bank of the Mississippi River.

North Shore

Communities such as Slidell, Covington and Mandeville are on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Shotgun House

One of New Orleans most distinctive architectural symbols; these are the long, narrow houses you see with rooms all lined in a row with no center hallway. The design is thought to be an evolution of the African long house style brought to Louisiana from Haiti.


A single-row house with the back half constructed into a two-story. The front section remains a single.


The French word for "suburb." It refers to areas that would have been outside the original city limits such as the Faubourg Marigny or Faubourg Treme.

Neutral Ground

Known in most cities as the "median", it is the grassy area in the center of many New Orleans roads. It earned its name from early New Orleans, when French and Spanish settlers met in the middle of the street to do business on the "neutral ground".


Contraflow lane reversal refers to plans that alter the normal flow of traffic, typically on a controlled access highway (such as a freeway or motorway) to aid in an emergency evacuation.


Thought to be from an Old English spelling of "crew," it is an organization or club that parades during Mardi Gras.

Lundi Gras

Lundi is the French word for Monday. Lundi Gras is the Monday before Mardi Gras day (Tuesday).


Something extra that you didn't pay for - thrown in to sweeten the deal. Similar to a "baker's dozen". Also the name of a weekly section in The Times Picayune newspaper, focused on arts and culture.


In Greater New Orleans, a levee is an artificially constructed ridge or wall that regulates water levels and prevents flooding around low-lying coastlines. The levee system in New Orleans runs along the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, and city-wide canals.