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Robert K. Whelan & Alma H. Young

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Chapter 9: New Orleans: The Ambivalent City

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New Orleans: The Ambivalent City
New Orleans: The ambivalent city
Robert K.Whelan, Alma H.Young
Demographic and Industrial Upheaval
Demographic Change

New Orleans's demographic trends of the last 30 years resemble those of the declining industrial cities of the Northeast and the Midwest in a number of respects (Mumphrey & Moomau 1984). In the decade 1970–1980, the city's population decreased from 593,471 to 557,616, a decline of 6.1%. The 1990 figures show a population of 497,000, a decline of 21% from the previous decade. The city is part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of 1,324,400 persons, currently making it the 35th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Although the suburban areas of the MSA evidenced slow population growth in the 1980s, this growth was concentrated in the early part ...

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