Greater New Orleans Community Data Center

Brookings Institution

There’s a new picture of poverty in America. It’s a shifting geography that may come as a surprise. Suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities in major metropolitan areas.

A study from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is warning that the post-Katrina money which has protected southeast Louisiana from the worst of the national recession will start winding down. Experts are advising a regional approach to economic growth.

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, five years after the onset of the Great Recession, and nearly three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, what does the very latest data say about how the city and region are doing?

New Orleans is a smaller city but is still growing.

A new study shows New Orleans and surrounding parishes are suffering economically from a poorly trained adult work force. The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is calling for an “all hands on deck” approach to turn those numbers around.

Population studies show that New Orleans, more than many American cities, needs to plan for housing Baby Boomers as they get older. A new study warns that blight could worsen as properties become abandoned.