Introduction to Harahan, Louisiana

Harahan, Louisiana is 4 miles SW of Metairie, Louisiana (center to center) and 7 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is in Jefferson county. The city is part of the New Orleans metro area. The population of Harahan is 9,885.

Harahan History

Harahan was named after James T. Harahan, who was the president of the Illinois Central Railroad. Harahan Elementary, which is located along Jefferson Highway, is a notable structure that was enlisted in the Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The city is located in Jefferson Parish, which was founded in 1825 and was named after Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.

Harahan and nearby Attractions

  • Colonial Shopping Center
  • Colonial Golf Course
  • Soniat Playground
  • New Orleans Museum of Art

Things To Do In Harahan

Residents and visitors enjoy shopping at the Colonial Shopping Center. Another notable place that one must visit is the New Orleans Museum of Art. Golf lovers can enjoy their free hours at the Colonial Golf Course. The Soniat Playground is also worth taking a look around. Apart from these, the city of Harahan organizes a number of recreational events all through the year.

Harahan Transportation

Flights can be availed from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Harahan Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University of Louisiana, Delgado Community College, and Xavier University of Louisiana.


Total Population 9,328
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 18.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,812
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 44%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.8%
Median Earnings25+ $39,412
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,771
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,176


Median Family Income $83,241
% Above Poverty Level 89.7%
% Below Poverty Level 10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $976
Median House Value $222,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.6%
Irish 12.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Harahan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SW of Metairie, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Jefferson
Metro Area New Orleans
Standard Zip Codes 70123
Phone Area Codes 504
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.94
Longitude -90.203

Harahan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 60 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 62 to 81 F
Annual Precip 63.7 inches
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 65.1 inches
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 90 F
Oct Temp 60 to 78 F
Annual Precip 62.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gretna 17,827 $47,218
Kenner 66,993 $62,204
Metairie 142,715 $72,843
New Orleans 376,738 $49,948
Reserve 9,615 $50,685
Westwego 8,564 $38,790

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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