New Census Figures Show N.O. Population Cut in Half Since Katrina

If you believe the new census figures, the population of New Orleans is half what it was before Hurricane Katrina.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau numbers, the city's population decreased from 452,000 in July of 2005 to 233,000 last year.

Many say that's not surprising.

They believe the slow pace of Road Home grants are one reason for the dip in population.

City officials acknowledge it will take years of hard work to rebuild New Orleans, but they believe the city and its people will thrive again.