Moving to New Orleans, Louisiana will mean getting acquainted with the south. You’re headed to the “Big Easy”. You’ll want to make your move go as smoothly, and as easily, as possible by first learning a little bit about the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gumbo, the French Quarters, Bourbon Street and Mardis Gras is what New Orleans is most well-known for, but it takes people living and working in the area to keep the city alive. Whether you’re a Saints fan or prefer more culture than sports, this city in the south is ready for your relocation.
Moving into the city will probably involve crossing at least one long bridge. Once you’re there, getting around includes street cars, ferries, bicycles, buses and cars.
The state of Louisiana is separated into parishes. New Orleans is the seat to the Orleans Parish.
New Orleans is actually situated below sea level, on the Gulf of Mexico and next to a large body of water called Lake Pontchartrain. It is also at the emptying mouth of the Mississippi River, before it pours into the Gulf.
You don’t have to love seafood to live in New Orleans, but you may feel like an outsider if you refuse the gumbo and jambalaya. Familiarizing yourself with Cajun talk will come in handy as well.
Do not expect to purchase a home with a basement, as the ground is below sea level and far too marshy in most places in New Orleans to pour a basement foundation. Though, you might occasionally find a raised basement house or a bungalow. You will, however, find some spectacular and unique architecture, from Creole cottages to Shotgun houses, to colorful townhouses and double gallery houses.
The city is in the southern Gulf Shore states, and becomes quite hot and humid during summer months. If your friends are helping you move during the summer months, be sure to have plenty of cold water on hand. Otherwise, consider a move at a cooler time of year. Though, hurricanes do not occur every year, September often brings strong hurricanes to coastal regions. Check with local weather services before planning on moving into the city during hurricane season.