As we mark the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center has released some recovery stats.
Here are the highlights:
* New Orleans is a small city but growing rapidly.
As of June 2014, data on households receiving mail indicated that more than half (38) of the city's 72 neighborhoods had recovered their June 2005 population, and 17 neighborhoods have a larger number of residents than they did in June 2005.
* The metro is taking the first steps toward a new path, with signs of a more competitive economy and expanded amenities.
New Orleans' sales tax revenue for January-May 2014 was 22% higher than for the same months in 2005, despite the city's smaller population today. It is 41% higher than in 2009 during the recession.
* Key economic, social and environmental trends in the metro are still troubling.
Adult education attainment is not being advanced in the area at the same rate as the nation.
The share of the population 25 years old and older with a bachelor's degree increased from 23% to 27% in the metro area from 2000 to 2012, while across the U.S. it increased from 24% to 29%.
While black men have experienced an increase since 2000 in obtaining bachelor's degrees, they still lag far behind white men. Just 13% of black men compared to 33% of white men and 18% of black women have a bachelor's degree.