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Hurricane Impact: Post Katrina 2005

Published: Apr 21, 2011

Social-Demographic Characteristics of Impacted Areas

Congressional Research Service (Nov 2005)

Estimates of population by parish affected by significant flooding or structural damage. Useful for demonstrating Katrina’s highest potential negative impact on local populations.

Report – PDF – 1.4 MB


Special estimates of population totals for impacted parishes

U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program (Jan 1, 2006)

Estimates of total population by parish as of Jan 1, 2006.  Not reflective of current conditions, but good for showing the change in total population preceding the storm and shortly thereafter. (For more recent population estimates, see “Demographic Resources” on our home page.)

Methodology – Web

2006 Special Population Estimate Data – Excel spreadsheet – 0.3 MB


Special estimates of demographic profiles for New Orleans metro and select parishes

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2005)

Estimates of demographics such as age, race, educational attainment, etc. for the New Orleans metropolitan area and select parishes.  Not reflective of current conditions, but good for showing the change in demographics preceding the storm and shortly thereafter.

Methodology – Web

2005 Demographic Profile for the New Orleans Metro – Excel spreadsheet – 0.1 MB

2005 Demographic Profiles for select parishes – Web


Louisiana Hurricane Impact Atlas

LA Geographic Information Center (Fall 2005)

Contains number of people left homeless, businesses impacted, job losses, and dollar damage estimates.

Report – PDF – 9.5 MB


Race and Class in Storm-Damaged Neighborhoods

Brown University (Jan 2006)

Estimates of population affected by significant housing damage, broken down by race and class for each New Orleans neighborhood. Useful for demonstrating Katrina’s highest potential negative impact on these populations.

Report – PDF – 7.8 MB