The count: New Orleans' ranking on a list of 75 'best metros for millennials'

Source: Apartment List In a report last week from the website Apartment List that surveyed 75 U.S. metro areas, New Orleans ranked near the bottom of the nation's "Best Metros for Millennials."

The count: How much New Orleans bail bond companies overcharged defendants over 12 years

$5 million
Source: Southern Poverty Law Center Louisiana law allows bail bond companies to charge defendants up to 12 percent of a bond imposed by a judge.

The count: Hurricane Harvey's record-setting rainfall

51.88 inches
Source: National Weather Service Hurricane Harvey has likely broken records for tropical cyclone rainfall totals within the continental U.S., with rain gauges hitting nearly 52 inches at Cedar Bayou, Texas.

The count: registered voters in Louisiana as of Aug. 1

This is Voter Registration Week in Louisiana, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler, along with registrars of voters, will be encouraging Louisianans to register. Anyone with a valid Louisiana driver's license can register online (, at a parish Registrar of Voters office or while conducting business at an Office of Motor Vehicles.

The count: yearly pension that retiring Sewerage & Water Board head Cedric Grant will receive

$175, 401
Or: $480.55 per day, every day. SOURCE: NEW ORLEANS MAYOR'S OFFICE

The count: how much of New Orleans' proposed 2018 budget is dedicated for public safety

$317 million
Mayor Mitch Landrieu presented his final city budget as mayor last week, proposing a $647 million budget with nearly half marked for police and fire departments and the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. The budget sets aside $151 million for the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) — its largest yet — which includes $6.5 million in department requirements under the consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (including roughly $1 million for body cameras and recruitment efforts).

The count: number of people in Louisiana who would lose insurance by 2018 under a "skinny" repeal

Louisiana Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Neely Kennedy supported the GOP's latest attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including a vote on a so-called "skinny" repeal, amid Republicans' failed efforts to dismantle the health care plan. Voting against the measure were all 48 Senate Democrats and three Republicans: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain.

The count: average rental price per month of a one-bedroom apartment in New Orleans

SOURCE: REAL ESTATE ANALYSIS FIRM ABODO. New Orleans is No. 1 — in U.S. cities with the highest rent hike over the last six months, according to ABODO, a rent-analysis company.

The count: Percentage of New Orleanians who don’t have a crime camera on their house or business

A recent survey of 400 New Orleans residents from 20 neighborhoods revealed that almost four out of five don't have a crime camera on their home or business, according to the group Safe on Our Streets (, which raises awareness of public safety. Nevertheless, 60 percent of people thought there were "many" or "a few" crime cameras in their area.

The count: average sales tax in Louisiana

10.2 percent
The Pelican State's combination of local and state sales taxes is the highest in the U.S., according to a midyear report from the Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy nonprofit group.   While the 5 percent state sales tax isn't particularly high compared to many others (ranking only 33rd in the nation), the average local sales tax rate of 5.02 percent puts Louisiana well at the top of taxing states and the only one topping 10 percent (Tennessee, at No. 2, has an average tax of 9.45 percent).

The count: how much Louisiana will pay in solar tax credits

$15 million
Louisiana ended its solar tax credit program in 2015, with solar users footing a bill they had hoped would be offset with tax credits the state had promised. In the 2017 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers agreed to pay out up to $5 million a year over three years for tax credits claimed for solar systems bought through 2015.

The count: the size of the 'dead zone' along the Gulf Coast

10,089 square miles
A hypoxic water mass — one with extremely low oxygen levels suffocating sea life — forming on the Gulf of Mexico continental shelf is expected to grow to the size of Vermont this summer. The Gulf's "dead zone" (pictured in red) is expected to cover 10,089 square miles of the continental shelf off the Louisiana and Texas coasts, among the largest dead zones measured in more than 30 years, according to three June and July forecasts from scientists and researchers working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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