A survey finds the population of New Orleans is less than half of what it was before Hurricane Katrina.
The door-to-door survey finds that some 187,000 people are living in Orleans Parish. That's about 41 percent of the 454,000 believed to be living there before Katrina hit.
A spokeswoman for the Louisiana Recovery Authority calls the results "the definitive, most precise set of numbers we've seen."
Population estimates have ranged widely for New Orleans.
For example, a recent report by a local demographer estimated there were about 230,000 people. Mayor Ray Nagin has cited a slightly higher figure, and last month said he believed the city was on track to reach 300,000 people by year's end.