New Orleans is in my top 3 for places I'll consider moving too once I graduate.
It is close to home but not too close. Cost of living is low. The food is good. The art is good. The music is good. The people are nice. Always something to do. More diverse than most places in this area. I love me some street performers.
I go a lot on weekends when me and my friends can't think of anything to do in our city. Especially during the cooler months when aint nobody tryna go to the beach. Or on Halloween when you have a costume but you don't know of any parties.
I don't feel unsafe there. Not any less safe than other major cities.