Dear friends and colleagues,
Last month, the Census Bureau released 2019 estimates of key demographic characteristics for all parishes. These estimates reveal a number of notable findings:
  • After growing every year from 2006 to 2017, the number of African Americans in New Orleans has now fallen two years in a row from 232,118 in 2017 to 230,418 in 2019. 
  • While the overall metro population has grown 7 percent since 2010, the Hispanic population has grown 24 percent, such that Hispanics account for 28 percent of the metro’s population growth since 2010.
  • The under 18 population continued to decline this year from 78,086 in 2018 to 77,280 in 2019.

To be sure, annual Census numbers are just estimates. More important will be the results of the 2020 Census. It is critical that everyone across greater New Orleans participate in that headcount to ensure our area gets full representation and its share of federal funding. To fill it out online, go to or call 1-844-330-2020.
Meanwhile, you can find the most recent Census demographic estimates for our region in "Who Lives in New Orleans and Metro Parishes Now?" at:

Bringing you the data you need to make informed decisions,
The Data Center Team
Erica Amrine, Allison Plyer, Dabne Whitemore, Jenna Losh, Don Asay, Robby Habans, Lamar Gardere, Cody Brumfield, Amy Teller, Rachel Weinstein, Arthur Rymer, and Katrina Andry
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