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Blacks Still Make Up 58 Percent of New Orleans

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans is narrowly retaining its black majority after Hurricane Katrina, while the suburbs around the city lost a slightly greater share of their white population, a study released by The Brookings Institution found on Wednesday.

The study, made possible through advanced access to U.S. Census Bureau numbers also released on Wednesday, determined that while blacks left the city at a much faster rate than whites, New Orleans was still 58 percent black during 2006. It also found that the six suburbs around New Orleans lost 8 percent of their white residents and 5 percent of black residents.

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