March 15, 2006

NUEVO ORLEANS:

Study: New Orleans about half old size by '08 (ALAN SAYRE, March 15, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times)

By the time the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina rolls around, New Orleans will have only about half of the population it had before the storm, according to a study to be released today.

The study was prepared for the city by the RAND Corp., a nonprofit think tank.

Almost all of New Orleans' estimated 465,000 inhabitants left after the storm struck on Aug. 29. The city's population has bounced back to an estimated 189,000, according to state officials.

The RAND study projects that the population will stand at 272,000 by September 2008 -- or about 58 percent of the pre-Katrina level.


And what percent will be Latinos lured by the job opportunities available?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2006 9:30 AM
Comments

Per a friend there who has a place in the Uptown area, the city's demographic make-up has already radically changed. Most poor (mainly black) have stayed where they fled to, most middle- and upper-income folks (mainly non-black) have returned, and as Orrin surmises tens of thousands of Mexicans have come into the city to work on rebuilding.

It will be interesting to see what impact this has in the Fall elections.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 15, 2006 12:49 PM

Sounds like the government's initiatives to repopulate Coast City.

Posted by: Bryan at March 16, 2006 7:52 AM
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