Metairie named one of the best places to live in the country

November 2, 2017


Article From Our Sister Station WWL Radio:DON AMES


Although it's not officially a city, Metairie has been named one of America's 50 Best Cities to Live. 

New Orleans' first suburb received that distinction from '24/7 Wall St.' The financial news and opinion company says Metairie is the 27th best place to live in the country.

"It compares us favorably to a number of markets," says Jerry Bologna, President and CEO of The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission. "I mean, the article took into account 590 cities, really, across the country." 

And, he says he's not surprised.

"We've known for a long time that Metairie enjoys low poverty and low crime, quality health care and all of the things that went into these metrics...we know we enjoy those things in Metairie."

"It helps us from a business attraction standpoint and a business retention standpoint to have our community look so well," says Bologna. "And, anytime your community is recognized through some third-party validation, it's great to hear."

And, he says it's well-deserved.

"We have that low poverty rate, well below the national average. We enjoy great quality health care, proximity to our work places, very short commute times. And those are things that businesses and workers look for in a community."

Metairie would be Louisiana's fourth-largest city if it were incorporated. 

Here's what '24/7 Wall St.' wrote about Metairie:

Population: 143,475
Median home value: $231,100
Poverty rate: 9.6% (bottom 25%)
Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 37.1%
One of the poorest states in the country, Louisiana’s poverty rate of 20.2% is nearly the highest of any state. However, serious financial hardship is far less common in some parts of the state. In Metairie, the most liveable city in the state and one of the most liveable cities in the United States, the poverty rate is less than half the statewide rate.
For those with disposable income in Metairie, the city boasts a dense concentration of cultural amenities and entertainment venues. There are far greater concentrations of restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and sports teams in Metairie than is typical nationwide.

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