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New Orleans is Fastest Growing American City, Census Says
Texas may take up the most space on a new Census list of the country's fastest growing cities, but the place at the top of the podium is reserved for the Crescent City. New Orleans' population grew faster than any other American city between April 2010 and July 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The list reveals that the City grew by 4.9 percent over that time, putting our total population at 360,740. That's 16,911 people larger than we were as of the 2010 Census.
Coming to Our Census
by Shay Sokol
According to Census data released Thursday, New Orleans has lost nearly 1/3 of its population in the last decade. But, a few days removed from the number crunching, let's not think about it all as doom and gloom. With those losses, there have been some gains. After K, thousands of Hispanic people came for rebuilding jobs, and many since have stayed. New Orleans’ Hispanic population went from 14,826 in 2000 to 18,051 last year (22% increase). Jefferson Parish’s Hispanic population jumped from 32,518 in 2000 to 53,702 in 2010 (66% increase).
New Orleans Loses Population, But Not that Much!
Like the kids starving for porridge in "Oliver," data gnomes have been chomping for U.S. Census numbers practically since the floodwater receded. With speculation abounding and mayoral speeches confounding, only cold hard fact would tell the truth of how many people moved away from the city since The Flood. Turns out, not as much once thought. The population of the city is down almost a third (343.829) since 2000, and the ever-watched black population now makes up 60 percent of the city, as opposed to 2/3 a decade ago.
Cringe and Purge
As we move into the new year, it's time to find out what we're really made of. No, we're not talking about consecutive days of debauchery and the ability to subsist on King Cake alone. U.S. Census numbers are scheduled to be released sometime after the first of the year that will indicate how many people the city actually has since Katrina, and where the boundaries of our Congressional districts will lie. Last week, the state released some suggestive numbers to whet our demographically-thirsty whistle, the Advocate, of Baton Rouge, reports.
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