New Orleans: Population growth continues through 2014

August 19, 2014

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New Orleans: Population growth continues through 2014

New Orleans 2014
The center of Hurricane Katrina passed southeast of New Orleans on August 29, 2005

Vicki Mack and Allison Plyer
The Data Center
(The Data Center is the new name for The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center)
Released: August 6, 2014

From 2010 to 2013, increases in New Orleans households receiving mail mirrored increases in Census Bureau population estimates at about 10 percent. Households receiving mail grew another 1.2 percent between 2013 and 2014, with growth occurring across the vast majority of New Orleans neighborhoods.

New Orleans households receiving mail have increased by 17,773 since the Census 2010 count, with fully 68 of 72 neighborhoods experiencing gains. Neighborhoods most heavily flooded by the levee failures continue to grow the fastest. Most of these heavily damaged areas experienced double-digit percentage increases between 2010-14, including growth rates of more than 30 percent in Filmore, Holy Cross, Lakeview, Lower Ninth Ward, Pontchartrain Park, and close to 30 percent in Pines Village and Read Blvd West.

Almost all of the “sliver by the river” neighborhoods added households between 2010 and 2014, marking a reversal of trends in 2008–10 for Audubon, Black Pearl, East Carrollton, East Riverside, French Quarter, Iberville, Irish Channel, Touro, Uptown, and West Riverside. The Garden District was the only neighborhood in the “sliver” that had a slight decrease in households since 2010 – down 0.7 percent. This year, ten of the “sliver’s” historic, elevated east bank neighborhoods (Black Pearl, CBD, East Carrollton, East Riverside, French Quarter, Irish Channel, Lower Garden District, Marigny, St. Thomas, and West Riverside) have reached 100 percent of their June 2005 pre-Katrina number.

Only four neighborhoods lost households from June 2010 to June 2014. Of those four neighborhoods, three were on the west bank (Behrman, McDonogh, and U.S. Naval Support Area). As a whole, the west bank of New Orleans grew by 1.1 percent since 2010, with the majority of that growth in Tall Timbers/Brechtel, Fischer public housing development, New Aurora/English Turn, and Old Aurora.

Nine years after Katrina, more than half (38) of New Orleans’ 72 neighborhoods have recovered over 90 percent of the population they had before the levees failed. There are 17 neighborhoods compared to 13 last year that now have a larger number of active addresses than they did prior to the levee breaches. Fourteen of these neighborhoods largely did not flood because they are on the west bank or in the “sliver by the river.” Only three neighborhoods have less than half the population they had prior to Katrina, including two public housing sites that have been demolished to make way for new mixed–income housing. They include B.W. Cooper, Florida Development, and the Lower Ninth Ward, which was the most heavily damaged neighborhood of all when the levees failed.

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New Orleans Active Residential Addresses 2010-2014

New Orleans Percent of June 2005 Residential Addresses  Receiving Mail  June 2014
New Orleans population
US Census

1960 627,525
1970 593,471
1980 557,515
1990 496,938
2000 484,674
2010 343,829
2013 378,715 (est)

Metropolitan population
New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond, LA-MS 1,467,880

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