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  Ed Blakely tells Australian radio that only 30 percent of New Orleans residents have returned since Katrina
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AuthorMichelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune
MediaNewspaper - New Orleans Times-Picayune
News DateThursday, February 24, 2011 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy the time former recovery czar Ed Blakely left New Orleans in the summer of 2009, the city's population had rebounded to more than 354,000 residents, according to census estimates.

That's about 78 percent of the estimated 455,000 people who lived in the city the month before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, and about 73 percent of the 485,000 New Orleanians counted in the 2000 census.

Though last year's decennial tallied slightly fewer residents -- 343,829 -- the total still puts the city's population loss at less than 30 percent over the first decade of the 21st century.
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