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Have you ever wondered why New Orleans is called 'The Big Easy'?

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The Big Easy is a nickname for New Orleans even though some people don't know why. Some believe it is called "The Big Easy" because jazz musicians and local residents in New Orleans consider life to be easy going and laid back. Tourists who visit the city tend to fall in line with the residents by enjoying themselves to the fullest.

According to a source, New Orleans was once referred to as the Crescent City. Today it is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.

The New Orleans metropolitan area had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and was the 46th largest in the United States.

New Orleans is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. The city is also famous for its cuisine, music and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras, dating to French colonial times. The city is often referred to as the "most unique" in the United States.

New Orleans is known for its distinctive foods. Seafood gumbo is a favorite as well as jambalaya, andouille, crawfish, shrimp creole, muffuletta, the po-boy sandwich, red beans and rice, Popeyes chicken and beignets.

If you have never been to New Orleans, put it on your bucket list so that you can experience the culture, the people, the architecture and of course the food. It has been said that "You can live in any city in the United States, but New Orleans is the only city that lives in you."

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