Introduction to Westwego, Louisiana

Westwego, Louisiana, in Jefferson county, is 5 miles SW of New Orleans, Louisiana. Part of the surrounding New Orleans metro area, Westwego is home to some 10,763 residents.

Westwego History

The city of Westwego is in Jefferson Parish. The community name literally means "west we go." It was named because of the number of travelers passing through the city during the gold rush in the late 1800s. The Texas and Pacific Railroad founded Westwego in 1870. The railroad yard was placed just above the canal connecting the river to Bayou Segnette, Bayou Lafourche and then to the Gulf of Mexico.

Westwego and nearby Attractions

  • National World War II Museum
  • Saint Bernard State Park
  • Longue Vue House & Gardens
  • Huey P. Long Mansion
  • Barataria Preserve
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Things To Do In Westwego

tourists can enjoy hiking, biking, swimming and camping at the Saint Bernard State Park. The Barataria Preserve is also a popular tourist destination. The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is also worth visiting. Tourists who are interested in history can visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Westwego Transportation

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Westwego Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Nicholls State University, Nunez Community College, Southern University, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana.


Total Population 8,531
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,478
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 36.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8%
Median Earnings25+ $31,887
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,636
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,092


Median Family Income $42,049
% Above Poverty Level 79.1%
% Below Poverty Level 20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $734
Median House Value $126,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.8%
US/American 0%
English 3.1%
Irish 8.1%

Westwego Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles SW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Jefferson
Metro Area New Orleans
Standard Zip Codes 70094
P.O. Box Zip Codes 70096
Phone Area Codes 504
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.905
Longitude -90.142

Westwego Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 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 9.7 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 18.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Westwego, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

South Kenner (70094)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gretna 17,801 $45,398
Harahan 9,324 $81,719
Kenner 66,926 $62,475
Metairie 140,074 $71,310
New Orleans 368,471 $48,381
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