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New Orleans, divided city

Issue No. 1967

  • The population of New Orleans is 67 percent black. 35 percent of black households do not own a motor vehicle, compared to 15 percent of white households.
  • The city has the second highest rate of child poverty in the US. It is the tenth poorest city in the US.
  • The population of the devastated Lower 9th ward has an average household income of £14,600. A quarter of the households there survive on less than £5,400 a year.
  • Across the state of Louisiana, where New Orleans is located, the equivalent of more than two classrooms of young people drop out of education every day.
  • Many young black men from New Orleans end up in Angola prison, a former slave plantation where inmates still do manual farm labour. Over 90 percent of inmates eventually die in the prison.
  • In total 37 million Americans are living in poverty, a total rate of 12.7 percent.
  • By 1999 the net worth of the typical American white family was £44,000 compared to £4,000 for the typical black family.


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