New Orleans MSA

Each of the 10 parishes within the Greater New Orleans region can make a strong argument for business investment by itself, but – collectively – the argument is overwhelming. The region consists of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. The 10 parishes composing the Greater New Orleans region are unique – each enjoying its own character, attractions, and strategic business advantages.

Take a look at the area’s assets, and you’ll see the perfect environment for a business to thrive. We’re home to the largest port complex in the Western Hemisphere. That, combined with extensive port, rail, air, and highway access, gives the region unparalleled infrastructure for international trade.

We have 88% of the nation’s oil rigs off our coast, and are in the top three in the country in oil and gas production.

The region boasts a civilian labor force of over 650,000 and there are over 65,000 students enrolled in the region’s nine universities and eight community/technical colleges.

It’s clear our assets will be to your advantage.

Our culture is unique. The variety of the region offers a lifestyle that suits anyone. The common thread throughout the region is the availability of good fun, good friends, and good food.

Our value proposition is better. With a total solution, the region provides a unique quality of life, access to unparalleled infrastructure, and a comprehensive, innovative incentives package.

Our leadership is energized. Our region is experiencing a level of civic and business engagement that hasn’t been seen in decades.

Our assets are distinct. From the only NASA-owned manufacturing facility in the country to one of the world’s largest port systems, the region provides a compelling platform to compete on a global scale.



The cost of doing business in Greater New Orleans is less expensive than most major markets


The State of Louisiana offers some of the most attractive incentives  for businesses in the country.


83% of national respondents said they love our “cultural richness”


Perhaps the best alignment, energy, and ability in the nation among Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, Parish President Natalie Robottom, Parish Council, GNO, Inc. CEO Michael Hecht, and Director of Economic Development Jerry Jones Jr.,

The Region

The River Parishes are those parishes in Louisiana between New Orleans and Baton Rouge that span both banks of the Mississippi River, and are officially part of the rather large Acadiana region. Traditionally they are considered to be St. Charles Parish, St. James Parish, and St. John the Baptist Parish. These parishes also made up an historical area once referred to as the German Coast of Louisiana.

The largest of all communities in this region is LaPlace in St. John the Baptist Parish. St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana is a progressive community strategically located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 55, two of America’s most traveled highways and less than 30 minutes from New Orleans, one of America’s greatest and most historic cities. Amenities of the city with the quality of a rural community!

The River Region labor market has over 200,000 workers. St. John the Baptist Parish is a part of the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is the 45th largest MSA in the U.S. St. John the Baptist Parish population is approximately 45.924. The New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond Combined Statistical Area (CSA), a nine-parish area, has a population of 1,452,50.


213 Square Miles
(552 km2) 61%


135 Square Miles
(350 km2) 39%


348 square miles
(901 km2)

Distances from Other Cities

St. John the Baptist Parish’s strategic southeastern location and superior transportation network provide swift access to domestic and foreign markets. As a community who is home to America’s largest tonnage Port district, St. John the Baptist Parish is the premier sea gateway for U.S. export and import traffic. St, John’s infrastructure through water, rail and roadway makes the parish a logistical hotspot for businesses.

New Orleans, Louisiana 30
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 50
Houston, Texas 320
Birmingham, Alabama 385
Dallas, Texas 490
Nashville, Tennessee 500
Little Rock, Arkansas 510
Atlanta, Georgia 520
St. Louis, Missouri 670
Kansas City, Missouri 820
Chicago, Illinois 890