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Overview

Introduction to Metairie, Louisiana

Metairie, Louisiana is actually a suburb of New Orleans and its residents have no mayor and no city taxes. Although it is larger than most cities in the entire state, Metairie is not legally a city. The original spelling, Metairie, means "tenant farm" in French. In the early 19th century, the main activity of this area was sharecropping, whereby the landlords were paid with a share of the produce.

Metairie is located in eastern Jefferson Parish and its boundaries include New Orleans to the east, Kenner to the west, Lake Pontchartrain to the north, and Airline Highway to the south. The 17th Street Canal forms the border between Metairie and New Orleans to the east. Interstate Route 10 runs east-west through Metairie. Like its neighbor, New Orleans, Metairie is below sea level. The twin span bridge, The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, is 24 miles long and is the world's longest bridge. It connects Metairie to Covington, Mandeville and Madisonville which are the towns on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

The history of Metairie is interesting and colorful. Metairie was first settled by the French in the late 18th century along an area known as Metairie Ridge, a natural levee formed by a bayou. This became Metairie Road where an electric streetcar was installed running along Metairie Road in the late 1910s, opening the area to greater development. In the 1920s houses were built off the road and this area is now known as "Old Metairie," which is actually the most prestigious area of Metairie today. Most of the rest of Metairie was not developed until after World War II. Much of this growth was a result of white New Orleans residents leaving New Orleans after integration of New Orleans schools during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Louisiana's earlier history, especially in the New Orleans area, was influenced by the huge influx of Canadians when they fled the Canadian government because they refused to renounce their Catholic religion. Most of the survivors ended up in Louisiana after the King of Spain allowed them to settle in South Louisiana and they eventually ended up in the areas around New Orleans. By 1803, Louisiana had become a part of the United States. President Thomas Jefferson negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon because of the region's importance to the trade and security of the American mid-west. Much of the produce of the mid-west traveled down the Mississippi River so this area became vital for America. The fertility of the land in this region gave rise to important crops such as cotton and sugar. After the Civil War, sulphur was discovered in 1869 and oil was discovered in 1901. Now Louisiana has become one of the leading producers of oil and natural gas in the country.

Metairie Points of Interest

Today, "Old Metairie" is composed of various shops, professional buildings, and shopping centers which have developed into one of the most picturesque areas of Metairie. One of Louisiana's oldest and largest shopping malls, Lakeside Shopping Center, is located on Causeway Boulevard in the heart of Metairie. Metairie's historical residential base has gradually shifted from a primarily suburban residential community, to various mixed commercial uses including retail malls, shopping centers, office buildings, night clubs and entertainment. Many of Metairie's night clubs are located in "Fat City", which was planned and developed as Metairie's commercial district. "Fat City" has a Mardi Gras similar to New Orleans but slightly more family friendly, and has become a huge attraction. The New Orleans Saints offices and practice fields are in Metairie. The New Orleans Zephyrs AAA baseball team maintains its stadium in Metairie. Cafe Du Monde has its headquarters in Metairie as well as Mercedes Benz and Lexus. Because it is so close to New Orleans, Metairie has become a popular destination for tourists visiting New Orleans and as a result, has been discovered for its own jewels, including great Cajun food, jazz and nightlife. Of course, New Orleans continues to attract thousands of visitors on its own because of its exciting history, ghost tours, jazz clubs and unique cuisine.

Demographics

People

Total Population144,772
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens17.7%
Employed Population 16+73,453
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married45.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.6%
Median Earnings25+$37,596
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,597
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,078

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,571
% Above Poverty Level87.5%
% Below Poverty Level12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone33.7%
Median Gross Rent$887
Median House Value$219,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.4%
French Except Basque16.6%
German15.3%
Italian15%
Irish11.9%
English6.6%
Canadian1.5%
Arab1.4%
Scottish0.9%
Polish0.6%
African0.6%
Russian0.5%
Dutch0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Belizean0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Czech0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
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Metairie Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson Parish
Standard Zip Codes70001, 70002, 70003, 70005, 70006
P.O. Box Zip Codes70004, 70009, 70010, 70011, 70033, 70055
Company Zip Codes70060
Phone Area Codes504
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.99
Approximate Longitude-90.17

Metairie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEW ORLEANS AUDUBON
Distance4.8 miles
Jan Temp45 to 63 F
Apr Temp60 to 79 F
Jul Temp75 to 92 F
Oct Temp62 to 81 F
Annual Precip63.7 inches
StationNEW ORLEANS CALLENDER
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip65.1 inches
StationST BERNARD
Distance20.8 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp59 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 90 F
Oct Temp60 to 78 F
Annual Precip62.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Gretna17,832$49,645
Harahan9,321$82,195
Kenner66,954$63,811
New Orleans382,922$51,289
Reserve9,449$48,966
Westwego8,545$38,490

Metairie Public Libraries

Jefferson Parish Library
4747 W. NAPOLEON AVE.
Metairie, Louisiana
(504) 838-1100

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Metairie Hospitals

Crescent City Surgical Centre
(Proprietary)
3017 Galleria Drive
(504) 830-2500
East Jefferson General Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
4200 Houma Blvd
(504) 454-4000
Omega Hospital
(Proprietary)
2525 Severn Ave
(504) 832-4200
Tulane - Lakeside Hospital
(Proprietary)
4700 S I 10 Service Rd W
(504) 780-8282

Metairie Public Schools

Bridgedale Elementary School
808 Zinnia Street
ZIP: 70001
(504) 888-6807
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
East Jefferson High School
400 Phlox Street
ZIP: 70001
(504) 888-7171
High
Total Enrollment 1160
Ella Dolhonde Elementary School
219 Severn Avenue
ZIP: 70001
(504) 837-5370
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Phoebe Hearst School
5208 Wabash Street
ZIP: 70001
(504) 887-8814
Primary
Total Enrollment 754
Grace King High School
4301 Grace King Place
ZIP: 70002
(504) 888-7334
High
Total Enrollment 1397
J.d. Meisler Middle School
3700 Cleary Avenue
ZIP: 70002
(504) 888-5832
Middle
Total Enrollment 759
Jcfa-east
3330 North Causway Blvd. Ste.
ZIP: 70002
(504) 410-3121
High
Total Enrollment 105
Airline Park Academy For Advanced Studies
6201 Camphor Street
ZIP: 70003
(504) 888-0969
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
Bissonet Plaza Elementary School
6818 Kawanee Avenue
ZIP: 70003
(504) 887-0470
Primary
Total Enrollment 680
Green Park Elementary School
1409 North Upland Street
ZIP: 70003
(504) 466-0205
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Harold Keller Elementary School
5301 Irving Street
ZIP: 70003
(504) 887-3836
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
John Q. Adams Middle School
5525 Henican Place
ZIP: 70003
(504) 887-5240
Middle
Total Enrollment 828
Rudolph Matas School
1201 Elise Street
ZIP: 70003
(504) 733-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 618
T.h. Harris Middle School
911 Elise Avenue
ZIP: 70003
(504) 733-0867
Middle
Total Enrollment 725
Haynes Academy School For Advanced Studies
1416 Metairie Road
ZIP: 70005
(504) 837-8300
Other
Total Enrollment 743
J.c. Ellis Elementary School
801 Brockenbraugh Court
ZIP: 70005
(504) 833-7254
Primary
Total Enrollment 667
Marie B. Riviere Elementary School
1564 Lake Avenue
ZIP: 70005
(504) 835-8439
Primary
Total Enrollment 487
Metairie Academy For Advanced Studies
201 Metairie Road
ZIP: 70005
(504) 833-5539
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Alice Birney Elementary School
4829 Hastings Street
ZIP: 70006
(504) 885-1054
Primary
Total Enrollment 639
International School Of Louisiana Jefferson Parish
8101 Simon Street
ZIP: 70030
(504) 934-4875
Primary
Total Enrollment 427

Metairie Private Schools

Archbishop Rummel High School
1901 Severn Ave
ZIP: 70001
Secondary
Total Enrollment 815
Ridgewood Preparatory School
201 Pasadena Ave
ZIP: 70001
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 264
St Benilde School
1801 Division St
ZIP: 70001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 214
St Christopher
3900 Derbigny St
ZIP: 70001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 600
St Edward The Confessor School
4901 W Metairie Ave
ZIP: 70001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 431
Lutheran High School Of Greater New Orleans
3864 17th St
ZIP: 70002
Secondary
Total Enrollment 56
New Orleans Jewish Day School
3747 W Esplanade Ave N
ZIP: 70002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
St Angela Merici School
835 Melody Dr
ZIP: 70002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 369
St Clement Of Rome School
3978 W Esplanade Ave S
ZIP: 70002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 455
Torah Academy
4141 W Esplanade Ave
ZIP: 70002
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Archbishop Chapelle High School
8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd
ZIP: 70003
Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
Atonement Lutheran School
6500 Riverside Dr
ZIP: 70003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 215
Heritage Academy
2900 Wytchwood Dr
ZIP: 70003
Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
Memorial Baptist Christian
5701 Veterans Memorial Blvd
ZIP: 70003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Our Lady Of Divine Providence School
917 N Atlanta St
ZIP: 70003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 212
Parkway Presbyterian Preschool
6200 Camphor St
ZIP: 70003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St Martin's Episcopal School
225 Green Acres Rd
ZIP: 70003
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 495
St Mary Magdalen School
6421 W Metairie Ave
ZIP: 70003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 337
St Philip Neri School
6600 Kawanee Ave
ZIP: 70003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 509
Victory Christian Academy
5708 Airline Dr
ZIP: 70003
Elementary
Total Enrollment 159
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Rd
ZIP: 70005
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 678
St Catherine Of Siena
400 Codifer Blvd
ZIP: 70005
Elementary
Total Enrollment 720
St Francis Xavier School
215 Betz Pl
ZIP: 70005
Elementary
Total Enrollment 362
St Louis King Of France School
1600 Lake Ave
ZIP: 70005
Elementary
Total Enrollment 199
Crescent City Christian School
4828 Utica St
ZIP: 70006
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 306
Ecole Classique
5236 Glendale St
ZIP: 70006
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 267
Greater New Orleans Christian Academy
5220 Irving St
ZIP: 70006
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
St Ann Elementary School
4921 Meadowdale St
ZIP: 70006
Elementary
Total Enrollment 651
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