I don’t think there is any secret to living in New Orleans. At least not for me. I’ve lived here for 58 years and still enjoy everyday. You adjust to daily life just as everyone does anyplace else. I lived as aNo one is free when others are oppressed shirt in a small town in Maine and still go back often to visit. New Orleans has so much to offer and I can go fishing where there is no place better plus there are the bayous, the night life is the best you will find anywhere. The small towns not far from the city has so much history to see also. The traffic and politics are bad as in most big cities. I think the crime is not much different but you just have to use some common sense about where you go throughout the city. I’ve never been into a fight or arrested in all my time here. There are festivals and parties weekly if that’s your thing. The weather is hot in the summer but it’s also cold in the north where I grew up so you do adjust. The people are as friendly as any place you go if not more so. I had some adjusting after I returned from viet nam as a combat marine but married a raised a great family and am very content here and would not dream of leaving this area. I live in the suburbs of the city where crime is little to none.