Population growth in New Orleans during the fourth year of recovery from the 2005 hurricanes was stronger than it was in the third year, with the city reaching 76.4% of its pre-storm population.

The latest New Orleans index report from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center and the Brookings Institution’s metropolitan policy program said the population was approximately 350,000, compared to a pre-Katrina estimate in July 2005 of 455,000 residents.

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