Posted: Thursday, 23 May 2013 2:58PM
2012 Census estimates show continued NOLA growth
New Orleans continues its comeback. Fueled by growth on the Northshore and in St. Charles Parish, metro New Orleans has regained 92 percent of its pre-Katrina population.
The numbers are an estimate of the population as of July 2012, and according to the Census, New Orleans population is around 369,250 people. Metro-wide, it's 1.2 million.
"The metro is at about 92 percent of pre-Katrina," said Allison Plyer, demographer for the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. "Orleans is about 80 percent of pre-Katrina, Jefferson is pretty close to pre-Katrina."
Plyer said continuing job growth has helped attract residents, but it may not be until the 2020 Census that the population reaches where it was in 2005.