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D'Iberville sees most population growth post-Katrina

D’IBERVILLE — The latest city population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau show D’Iberville is the only city on the Gulf Coast that has recovered its pre-Katrina population, and then some.

The Sun Herald reports the figures were released yesterday for mid-2009 and show D’Iberville was estimated to have 8.4 percent more residents than it did in 2005.

D’Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave said his city has built four apartment complexes with the help of federal recovery money and is considered a good neighborhood for casino workers who want to live close to work.

Quave said D’Iberville was hard hit by Katrina’s surge, but in rebuilding, the city wasn’t afraid to build housing that incorporates low and moderate incomes into the rent structure, and to follow a federal program that helps lower insurance costs.

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