Louisiana Population Up, Still Not at Pre-Katrina Numbers

Louisiana may finally be regaining a significant number of people who fled the state during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina.

New numbers from the Census bureau show Louisiana gained 50,000 residents from July 2006 through July of this year.

Before the storm, the Census estimated 4.5 million people lived in Louisiana.

Right now, the estimate is 4.3 million, which is still about 200,000 fewer than before the storm.

The fastest growing state in that same time period was Nevada, which now has right at 2.6 million residents.

Only two states, Michigan and Rhode Island, have fewer residents than one year ago.