The Insider: Top 10 Reasons to Call NOLA Home

May 9, 2011 5:41 AM


I’ve thought all week about what to say in this commencement edition of the Insider. After all, parting is such sweet sorrow. So today I present to you: The top 10 reasons to make New Orleans home after graduation.


10—Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street
Need I say more?

9—It’s a Carnival cruise port
While family and friends are having to book flights to experience a cruise to exotic islands, you can await your escape with beignets and a café au lait!

8—City Park
Everyone knows that we rock, including Travel & Leisure magazine. It ranked New Orleans as having one of “America’s Coolest City Parks”.

7—Mild winters
Have you ever noticed that celebrities flock to the South during the winter? Trade in those snow boots for a light jacket and those earmuffs for a pair of sunglasses.

6—Hollywood South
LA is the new L.A. Check out the city’s filmography here.

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, but it’s also widely known for other genres such as funk and bounce, which recently was highlighted in a New York Times story.  Regardless of your taste, there’s surely a sound in the air that you’ll love.

4—Coolest startup city
Attention entrepreneurs: New Orleans is the coolest startup city in America according to Inc. magazine.

3—Top big city for jobs
In a tough economy like the current one, it's good news to hear that Forbes has ranked New Orleans second on the list of Best Big Cities for Jobs.

Aside from those who are allergic, try naming two people who don’t enjoy Gulf shrimp and crabs. The restaurants in New Orleans are a culinary treat for visitors and a weekly staple for those who live here.

1—It’s New Orleans!
If you tell someone you’re from New Orleans, it will likely spark a conversation because they’ll really be interested in hearing what it’s like. You also can sleep easy knowing that just by calling the city home, you’re aiding in post-Katrina rebuilding.

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