The Katrina Population Shift

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Katrina Population Shift

From today's Houston Chronicle:
Framing the massive scope of the Hurricane Katrina migration, the Census Bureau reports that Texas gained more people than any other state between 2005 and 2006, while storm-struck neighbor Louisiana lost the most.

Texas gained a whopping 579,275 people, bringing the state's population to 23.5 million by July 1, 2006. As many as 160,000 of the new arrivals were driven by Hurricane Katrina, estimates demographer Steven Murdock, director of the Texas State Data Center.

Louisiana lost nearly 220,000 of its residents, clearly exporting the lion's share of its uprooted population to Texas.

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