Kenner, one of the largest cities in Louisiana, has 66,340 residents as of 2019 U.S. census estimates. A suburb of New Orleans, its population is 25.1% Hispanic, 24.3% African American and about 64% white alone, according to 2019 census info. 24.8% of residents age 25 and older hold bachelor's degrees or higher in this city, a percentage that is in line with the state rate of 23.7%. The city's median household income, from 2014-2018 census data, is $53,885, slightly higher than the state median of $47,942.
Kenner is home to Louis Armstrong International Airport, the primary airport in the New Orleans area. Part of Jefferson Parish, Kenner originated in the early 1700s and has a casino, convention center and historic district - Rivertown. Found along the Mississippi River, Rivertown features restaurants, a planetarium, cultural attractions and a space science complex with a full size prototype of a NASA space station. Numerous parks are located here, including some with historical attractions.
Kenner has three for-profit schools in its city limits: Healthcare Training Institute, Herzing University and John Jay Beauty College. Residents can find nearly 30 public and private non-profit schools within 25 miles of the city.
Tulane University is about eight miles away in New Orleans. A research university, it enrolls roughly 13,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Tulane is tied for 40th among national universities, according to 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Loyola University New Orleans is also nearby and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs to around 4,400 students. It is also a ranked school, tied for 197th among national universities by U.S. News.
Xavier University is the only Catholic and historically black college in the nation. It features a College of Pharmacy in addition to arts and sciences programs and graduate degrees in counseling, education and theology.
Other area schools include Southern University at New Orleans, Delgado Community College, Dillard University and the University of New Orleans.
Kenner Economy and Employment
Kenner's working residents are employed primarily in four industries. According to the 2016 profile prepared by the Jefferson Parrish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), 15.5% of working residents had jobs in the healthcare and social services industry, while 14.75% worked in retail trade. An additional 10.6% of residents worked in accommodations and food service, and 8.16% were employed in administrative and waste services.
Kenner has six hospitals and is home to sugarcane refineries, meat processing plants, computer systems design, film studios, chemical manufacturers and oil and gas and mining companies, to name a few. Major employers include Treasure Chest Casino, the City of Kenner, Cross Road Centers, Pellerin Milnor Corporation and Ochsner Medical Center.