New Orleans neighborhoods continued to grow over the past year, and now stands at more than 89 percent of the number of residential mailing addresses it had before the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina, according to a new analysis by The Data Center.
More than half the city’s neighborhoods now have more than 90 percent of the addresses they had before the storm and 16 now have more households receiving mail than they did in early summer 2005, according to the analysis. Most of those neighborhoods are part of the “sliver on the river,” areas that were left with relatively little damage and have seen the fastest return to their pre-Katrina numbers, according to the analysis. The report, released Monday, tracks neighborhood recovery by analyzing data from a residential address database compiled by Valassis. The Data Center has been tracking these statistics as a way of measuring neighborhood recovery since the storm.
Only four areas remain below 50 percent of their pre-Katrina household numbers, including there public housing projects that were demolished.
The fastest gains since 2010 have been in areas that were hardest hit by the storms, though that’s in large part due to the small number of occupied houses they had five years after the storm. For example, there have been about 700 new households added to the Lower 9th Ward above St. Claude Avenue since 2010, giving it a 55 percent growth rate but still leaving that section of the city at only 36.7 percent of its pre-Katrina population.
The report comes on top of other analyses by The Data Center and others that found the city is at about 79 percent of its pre-storm population and has undergone significant shifts in its racial and ethnic make-up.
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