Katrina Hit N.O. Renters Hard, Survey Says

DALLAS The majority of households affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans were renters, while homeowners bore the brunt of the storm elsewhere in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to Integras, a division of market researcher Claritas.

Only 47 percent of New Orleans’ households were owned by their occupants, according to recent analysis by Integras. Of the 616,000 households affected by the hurricane throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, 61 percent were owned by their occupants, compared to 67 percent nationally, the researchers said.

The median year for when housing structures were built in the Katrina-affected area was 1970 and in New Orleans it was 1955, researchers said.

The median household income in the Katrina-affected area is $39,500, compared to $47,800 for the U.S., surveyors said. In New Orleans, however, the median household income is lower at $31,800. About 27 percent of the New Orleans households report income below $15,000, which is nearly twice the U.S. rate of 14 percent.

In Gulfport, Miss., the ratio of homeowners versus renters affected was more in line with the Katrina-affected area at 59 percent for homeowners and 41 percent for renters, surveyors said. In Biloxi, Miss., the ratio was a 50-50 split.

Integras based its findings on the United States Postal Service’s listing of the ZIP codes impacted by the hurricane as of the week of Oct. 3, 2005.

San Diego-based Claritas is a division of VNU, which also owns Adweek magazine.