February 6, 2007
Reported by Associated Press
Despite sustaining heavy damage from Hurricane Rita, Calcasieu Parish has seen an overall population gain of more than 10,000 residents since the beginning of the decade, most of that coming since the storm, according to a report released Tuesday. A household survey in Calcasieu showed the parish has an estimated 189,768 residents, up from 179,030 found by the 2000 U.S. Census, the Louisiana Recovery Authority said.
The latest estimate shows about 9,000 more people in Calcasieu Parish than a similar survey conducted in 2005, the agency said.