America’s Fastest-Growing City Is…

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Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is now the fastest-growing major city in the U.S., according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The population of the Big Easy grew nearly 5% from April 2010 to July 2011 — more than six times the national average of 0.73%.

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New Orleans suffered a massive population loss following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, which devastated the city. Because it lost so many people it only needed modest gains to become one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation since 2007, reports Bloomberg News. Billions of dollars for reconstruction from the federal government and a bustling tourism sector have helped the city continue its recovery. Last year, New Orleans saw a record year for tourism: a study found that 8.75 million visitors spent an all-time-record $5.47 billion in 2011. Despite the influx of money and people, though, the city is still only at 80% of its pre-Katrina population, with 360,740 currently living in the Big Easy.

Meanwhile, the Texan cities of Austin and Plano are the second and third fastest-growing American cities, sporting 3.8% growth each.

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Paul Harris
Paul Harris

Ahhh, remember all the naysayers who said NOLA could never be rebuilt after Katrina and the levee failures.  How many of us can claim that our town or city has survived almost 300 years?  

Paul Harris

Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"  


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