Some of the postmodern architecture in the commune has been used as a shooting location in movies including Brazil and The Hunger Games.
The name Noisy comes from Medieval Latin nucetum, meaning "walnut grove", after the walnut trees (French: noyers) covering the territory of Noisy-le-Grand in ancient times.
The epithet "le-Grand" (Medieval Latin: Magnum), meaning "the Great", was added in the Middle Ages, probably to distinguish Noisy-le-Grand from the smaller settlement of Noisy-le-Sec, which was sometimes referred to as Nucenum Minus ("Noisy the Small").
As a lot of other Seine-Saint-Denis towns, the commune is a very cosmopolitan city, home of many communities, with a lot of its locals coming from various continents and countries. It has a large African population, mostly from Sub-Saharan countries (Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and many others) and East Asian countries, such as China, Vietnam and Cambodia. The city also includes significant, but less numerous, communities from Portugal and North African countries like Morocco and Algeria. Recently, the department, and the Parisian suburbs in general, has seen a new wave of immigration coming from Eastern Europe. Noisy-le-Grand now has communities from former Eastern Bloc countries like Romania, Bulgaria and Russia.
As of 1998 there were 2,700 East Asians in Noisy le Grand, making up about 5-6% of the city; many of them lived in the same complexes occupied by Africans and other foreigners, and Asians were widely distributed around the commune.
The canton of Noisy-le-Grand comprises two communes: Noisy-le-Grand and Gournay-sur-Marne.
Previously Star Airlines (now XL Airways France) had its headquarters in the Immeuble Horizon building in the commune. Cédric Pastrour, the founder of the airline, said that the company chose the Noisy site because the airline did not yet know which airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport, would serve as the airline's base, and that the Noisy site was equidistant to both airports. Pastour added that the Noisy site had access to the A4 and the A86 autoroutes and was close to the Francilienne, and that the costs in the Noisy area were lower than the costs in the airport area.
The commune has municipal preschools and elementary schools.
Junior high schools:Collège du Clos Saint-Vincent
Senior high schools/sixth form colleges:Lycée Évariste-Galois (Noisy-le-Grand)
Lycée Flora-Tristan (Noisy-le-Grand)
Lycée Françoise-Cabrini (Noisy-le-Grand)
Noisy-le-Grand is served by two stations on Paris RER line A: Noisy-le-Grand – Mont d'Est and Noisy – Champs.
Noisy-le-Grand is also served by Les Yvris – Noisy-le-Grand station on Paris RER line E.Steve Herelius, boxer
Johan Passave-Ducteil, basketball player
Théophile Poilpot, painter
Jean-Marc Théolleyre, (1924–2001), French journalist, winner of the 1959 Prix Albert Londres, died in Noisy-le-Grand