New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The New Orleans metropolitan area, (New OrleansMetairieKenner) has a population of 1,235,650 as of 2009, the 46th largest in the USA. New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The boundaries of the city and Orleans Parish are coterminous. The city and parish are bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south and Jefferson to the south and west.Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.