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Metairie, Louisiana Education and City Information

Metairie, Louisiana, is a suburb of New Orleans and has large shopping areas and a busy nightclub scene. Residents have access to several New Orleans-area colleges and universities. Find out about Metairie, including its demographics, economy and educational options below.

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Information about Metairie, Louisiana

Metairie had a population of 138,481 in 2010, according to U.S. Census data. The median household income from 2010-2014 was $51,808, which is higher than the state median of $44,991. About 80% of residents were white, almost 13% are Hispanic and 10% were African American, as of the 2010 census.

Metairie was the first New Orleans' suburb, originating in the early 1700s. The word 'Metairie' comes from a French word meaning tenant farm. Sharecropping was the main business of this area throughout the 1900's. The unincorporated suburb is now the home to many large shopping areas as well as a bustling night club scene known as 'Fat City'.

The New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team is based here and the New Orleans Saints football team maintains its training center in this city. The city is located on the south end of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, and is home to the large Lafreniere Park.

Higher Education

There are 14 public and private non-profit higher learning institutions within 25 miles of Metairie, in the New Orleans area. Loyola University New Orleans is just about four miles from Metairie and enrolled about 4,000 students, as of Fall 2014, in its bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. It's ranked 11th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best regional universities in the South, as of 2016.

Tulane University, ranked 41st among national universities by U.S. News in 2016, and Xavier University of Louisiana, ranked 6th among historically black colleges and universities by the same publication, can also be found nearby.

Additional schools include Delgado Community College, Dillard University and the University of New Orleans.

Economy and Employment

Per 2012 census data, retail trade employed about 11,700 people. Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services employed nearly 11,000 people, while health care and social assistance employed about 8,000 people.

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