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New Orleans

New Orleans
Full nameCity of New Orleans
Official nameCity of New Orleans
Native nameVille de La Nouvelle-Orléans
Other nameOrleans Parish
Settlement typeCity and Parish
CountryUnited States
MayorMitch Landrieu (D)
Total Area350.2 sq mi (907 km2)
Land Area180.6 sq mi (467.8 km2)
Water Area169.7 sq mi (439.5 km2)
Metro Area3755.2 sq mi (9726 km2)
Elevation-6.5 to 20 ft (-2 m)
Total Population343829 (2010)
Density (pop.)758.5/km2 (1965/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)1235650
DemonymNew Orleanian
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code504

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New Orleans (c-eniconnjuː_ˈɔrliənz or c-enˈnjuː_ɔrˈliːnz, locally c-ennuː_ˈɔrlənz or c-enˈnɔrlənz; -frla nuvɛlɔʁleɑ̃La Nouvelle-Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The New Orleans metropolitan area, (New Orleans � Metairie � Kenner) has a population of 1,235,650 as of 2009, the 46th largest in the USA. The New Orleans � Metairie � Bogalusa combined statistical area has a population of 1,360,436 as of 2000. The city/parish alone has a population of 343,829 as of 2010.

The city is named after Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the "most unique" in America.

New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The boundaries of the city and Orleans Parish ( ) are coterminous. The city and parish are bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south and Jefferson to the south and west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.

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