Mapping Migration after Hurricane Katrina

UNITED STATES

Where did people go? Where are they coming from now? A new map shows where families relocated after the storm—and where new arrivals are coming from. (NOLA.com-The Times-Picayune)

Get the basics on Hurricane Katrina here.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit.

Navigate this interactive map to see migration patterns to and from each of Louisiana’s parishes (Orleans is in green) in the years following Hurricane Katrina. Map by NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

Navigate this interactive map to see migration patterns to and from each of Louisiana’s parishes (Orleans is in green) in the years following Hurricane Katrina.
Map by NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

Discussion Ideas
Take a look at the fascinating Times-Picayune interactive map. Be sure to zoom out (click -/+) to appreciate the migration patterns established by Hurricane Katrina evacuees across the United States.

 

  • Where did most evacuees migrate immediately following the disaster? Why do you think people may have migrated there?
    • More than 11,000 households from Orleans Parish migrated to Harris County, Texas, home of the huge urban area of Houston.
    • Harris County is relatively close to New Orleans (about five hours west), safely out of the storm path of Katrina, and has good infrastructure and emergency services.

 

  • How many years after Hurricane Katrina hit did Orleans Parish see an increase in households moving to the parish?
    • In 2006-2007, just a year after the storm, more than 16,000 households moved to Orleans Parish, while just over 9,000 left.

 

 

  • Take a look at this nice map of Louisiana parishes. What other parishes do you think suffered evacuation following Hurricane Katrina?
    • Households in St. Bernard Parish (12,000), Jefferson Parish (8,200), St. Tammany Parish (2,200) and Plaquemines Parish (1,300) all evacuated in 2005-2006.

 

 

TEACHERS’ TOOLKIT

NOLA.com: Mapping Migration Patterns post-Katrina

Nat Geo: 2005: Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall in Louisiana

U.S. Census: Orleans Parish QuickFacts

Nat Geo: 10 Years After Katrina, Some Are ‘Homeless in Their Own Homes’

Nat Geo: Cameras in Hand, New Orleanians Capture A Changing Community

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