New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.
It is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The city and Orleans Parish are coterminous.
Before Hurricane Katrina, Orleans Parish was the most populous parish in Louisiana. As of 2015,
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