The Data Center has been tracking New Orleans' rebound since Hurricane Katrinaby keeping tabs on the number of homes receiving mail. On Monday (Aug. 15), the research organization updated its neighborhood counts and examined how different areas of the city have been resettled in recent years.
Overall, almost 91 percent of pre-Katrina addresses are receiving mail. More than 40 of the city's 72 neighborhoods were flooded when the federally maintained levees failed in August 2005.
Eleven years later, 20 New Orleans neighborhoods have more active addresses than they did before the storm. Although 13 were near the river or on the West Bank and largely escaped flooding, seven were significantly under water but have added more home addresses since Katrina.
The Data Center report (find it at the bottom of this story) provides the raw information. From it, NOLA.com compiled a list of the city's fastest growing neighborhoods based on growth rates from June 2010 to June 2016. The neighborhoods with 100 percent or more of their pre-Katrina addresses (recovered) are listed first, and a breakdown of those with less than 100 percent (partially recovered) follows.
1. Central Business District
There were 1,316 residents receiving mail in the CBD in June 2005. Five years later, the number reached 2,060. As of June, there were 3,878 addresses served in the district -- an 88 percent increase from 2010 and a nearly threefold increase since Katrina.
There were 6,634 residential addresses in Mid-City ahead of the storm. By 2010, 6,217 or 94 percent had returned. Six years later, the number has increased to 7,084 -- a 14 percent jump from six years ago.
3. Gert Town
The neighborhood near Xavier University stretching to Broadmoor had 1,513 residents before Katrina. It increased to 1,545 in June 2010 and had 1,780 as of two months ago -- a 15.2 percent increase.
The neighborhood near the Jefferson Parish line had 3,726 residential addresses in June 2005. Only 88 percent were active five years later, but now there are 3,758 -- a 14.3 percent increase since 2010.
The area between North Claiborne Avenue and Broad Street had 1,830 residential addresses before Katrina. It reached 1,684 in June 2010 and actually lost residents the following two years. As of two months ago, the address count increased to 1,860 -- a 10.5 percent improvement over six years.
6. Black Pearl
This small area just upriver from Audubon had 1,115 addresses in June 2005 and was down just 33 five years later. Since then, it has added 9.2 percent and stands at 1,182.
7. Lower Garden District
There were 4,406 residential addresses here two months before Katrina. The number increased to 4,542 in 2010 and had 4,928 in June -- an 8.5 percent increase in the past six years.
The neighborhood between South Carrollton Avenue and Broadmoor had 3,010 addresses in June 2005. Only 2,752 had returned five years later, but now there are 3,023 -- an 8.3 percent increase since 2010.
T8. French Quarter
The historic neighborhood had 4,106 residential addresses 11 years ago, and 95 percent had returned by June 2010. The June 2016 count was 4,211 -- an 8.3 percent six-year increase.
1. St. Bernard Area
There were 1,936 homes receiving mail in St. Bernard in June 2005, and only 467 were active five years later. Since 2010, there has been a 149 percent increase to bring the number to 1,164 -- 60 percent of pre-Katrina levels.
2. West Lake Forest
This New Orleans East neighborhood had 3,822 addresses before Katrina, and there were 1,570 in June 2015. There are now 2,125, marking a 35 percent increase since 2016 and nearly 56 percent of the pre-storm count.
3. Read Boulevard West
The neighborhood had 2,107 residential addresses in June 2005 and only 1,430 five years later. The new New Orleans East Hospital has been built in the interim, and the address count was up to 1,863 in June. That's a 30 increase since 2010 and 88 percent of the area's pre-K population.
The neighborhood had 3,556 addresses in 2005 and regained only 67 percent over the next five years. In June 2016, there were 2,892 homes receiving mail -- a 29 percent increase since 2010 and 81 percent of the pre-storm number.
5. West End
There were 2,711 pre-Katrina home addresses in the neighborhood bordering Jefferson Parish on the lakefront. Only 1,702 were received mail in June 2010, and now there are 2,174. That's almost 28 percent growth over six years, bringing West End to 80.2 percent of its 2005 address count.
Not far from the University of New Orleans, there were 2,273 home addresses in Milneberg in June 2005. The count was 1,450 in June 2010 and increased to 1,801 six years later. That's 24 percent growth and 79 percent of the pre-Katrina count.