The U.S. Census Bureau reports the population of New Orleans has increased sharply by people who moved to the city from out of town since Hurricane Katrina.
With the growth of eclectic neighborhoods such as Bywater, The Advocate reports the increasingly diverse local cuisine and all the talk about "brain gain" and young urban professionals coming to town, New Orleanians have long suspected the city's makeup is changing.
According to recently released census data, 8 percent of Orleans Parish residents in 2012 had been living in the city for a year or less, with about half of them having moved to New Orleans from outside the state.
In 2004, the year before Katrina, just 3 percent of the local population consisted of newcomers.
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