New Orleans Index

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 0
Year of Last Input: 2015
Last Updated: Aug 7 2017
Project Location:
Greater New Orleans, LA
State / Province:
Lead Organization:
The Data Center
Type of Organization:
Nonprofit - Research

Geographic Scope

Metropolitan, Multi-County

Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Demography, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Housing, Justice, Land Use, Poverty, Public Safety, Social, Sustainability, Transportation, Population


The Greater New Orleans Index is specifically meant to track the recovery of New Orleans and its surrounding Metro Area, after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. It examines areas such as population recovery, infrastructure repairs (or lack thereof), and housing. The long term goal of the index is to galvanize citizens and politicians to commit to innovation and sustainability, moving past recovery and into a hopeful and dramatically improved future.

The New Orleans Index at Five, published for the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Katrina in August 2010, moved past disaster recovery to assess the remaking of a great American city and region. This report relied on 20 indicators to examine progress toward metropolitan prosperity organized by economy, inclusion, quality of life, and sustainability. In addition, The New Orleans Index at Five initiative systematically documented major post-Katrina reforms with the inclusion of seven essays contributed by leading local scholars. The intention was to initiate an ongoing series of reports that measure progress and prosperity in the greater New Orleans area with indicators and essays that change over time depending on new data availability, relevance, and the needs of the community.

The New Orleans Index at Ten provides the most up-to-date data on New Orleans’ transition from recovery to transformation. This report includes more than 30 indicators to examine progress toward prosperity and greater resilience. In addition, The New Orleans Index at Ten is accompanied by a collection of essays contributed by more than a dozen leading local scholars. These essays provide comprehensive updates on the status of major post-Katrina reforms for the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Katrina, and recommendations for furthering progress and increasing resilience going forward.

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Indicator Domains

Economic Growth; Inclusion; Quality of life; Sustainability

Reporting Format

Bi- or Triennial Report, Online Reporting, Interactive Online Display, Other

Project Contact:

Allison Plyer
The Data Center - Educational Organization


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