Louisiana’s coastal towns see population drain as oil, gas opportunities decline

Houma, La. Photo by Matthew Noel.

Several Louisiana coastal towns that rely on the petroleum industry are experiencing a population drain as the country shifts to more renewable energy sources and storms intensify, reports the Natchitoches Times.

Residents of New Iberia and Houma, for example, are losing people to Lafayette and more distant places as oil-related business declines.

Louisiana was fifth in the nation for slowest population growth; the only parishes that saw growth were in urban locales. Louisiana’s population grew a mere 2.7%, according to U.S. Census data. The national average was 7.4%. Read the entire story.