Facts for Features: Katrina Recovery

Allison Plyer

Published: Aug 28, 2015

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, what does the very latest data say about how New Orleans and the region are doing?

New Orleans is a smaller city but continues to grow nearly ten years after Katrina.

Metro New Orleans is taking the first steps toward a new path, with signs of a more competitive economy and expanded amenities.

But it’s important to remember that New Orleans has sustained several shocks since 2005, including the Great Recession.

Key economic, social, and environmental trends in metro New Orleans area remain troubling.

The city and region have experienced demographic shifts post–Katrina.

Be sure to cite The Data Center:

your source for the most up–to–date, reliable data.

For further analysis and recommendations from The Data Center, see

The New Orleans Index at Ten at



About The Data Center

The Data Center is the most trusted resource for data about greater New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana. Since 1997, The Data Center has been an objective partner in bringing reliable, thoroughly researched data to conversations about building a more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable region. The Data Center (formerly known as the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center) became the local authority for tracking post-Katrina recovery with The New Orleans Index, developed in partnership with the Brookings Institution.


  1. Metro New Orleans is defined according to the 2013 delineations of the Office of Management and Budget, which is the 8-parish area including Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. James, and St. Tammany parishes.
  2. These figures are not adjusted for inflation.
  3. “African American/ Black,” “Asian,” and “white” refer to individuals who report to be only one race and not Hispanic. However, “Hispanics” can be of any race(s).

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Valassis, Inc.; City of New Orleans; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Moody’s Analytics (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: CES, QCEW); Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity; Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany Parishes; and U.S. Geological Survey.

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