Newsweek: New Orleans Top Dying City

By: Jennifer Hong - Staff Writer
Published: Feb 16, 2021

Newsweek New Orleans Top Dying City. Newsweek has named New Orleans has the top dying city in America due to population decline. According to the magazine, it’s on a decline more than any other city in the country thanks to Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans was hit by the hurricane, which displaced much of the population and made it difficult — if not impossible — for some to return. However, the majority of those who were displaced have since begun to return to the city, as have a number of new residents and businesses. So while the population may be down from what it was in 2000, it is clearly on the rise going into the new decade.

Total Population (2009): 354,850
Proportion Under 18 (2009): 21.6%
Change in Total Population (2000-2009): -26.8%
Change in Residents Under 18 (2000-2009): -5.1 percentage points

Bloggers and tweeters are up in arms about the magazine article on what it considers to be America’s Dying Cities. It was published on January 21, but for whatever reason it’s making its way around the web this week. “This is not for you to decide Newsweek. A country’s most precious is her people,” Jenny Majamaki said in a twitter post.


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