Planning for New Orleans’ Demographic Future

November 11, 2005


In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, there is much speculation about the demographic future of New Orleans, ranging from prospects for a smaller, mostly white middle class population to one with in increasing Hispanic presence, as the rebuilding city becomes a magnet for low skilled labor. In this PowerPoint presentation, Bill Frey provides an overview of New Orleans’ demographic dynamics before the hurricane hit, and makes the case that most current evacuees want to return and can recreate the demographic profile similar to the original city.

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