New Orleans Loses a Third

Over the past ten years, the city of New Orleans has lost nearly a third of its population, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
February 4, 2011, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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Much of that loss is due to the devastation following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"Census workers counted 343,829 residents in New Orleans last year, down from 485,000 in 2000, or a 29% drop, according to the data. The count was slightly lower than previous estimates of 355,000.

The city has struggled to repopulate since Hurricane Katrina and a breach of federal levees flooded 80% of the city in 2005, scattering much of its citizenry. Just before the storm, there were about 455,000 people living in New Orleans, according to Census figures."

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Published on Thursday, February 3, 2011 in USA Today
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