37,000 evacuees to permanently relocate to Houston?Well, that's according to the math in a recent Washington Post poll. 125,000 evacuees in town (I think that number is low) x 44% want to relocate x 2/3 want to stay in Houston = 36,667.
"The poll vividly documents the immediate and dramatic changes that Hurricane Katrina has brought to two major American cities. It also suggests that what may be occurring is a massive -- and, perhaps, permanent -- transfer of a block of poor people from one city to another. That may have social, economic and political consequences that will be felt for decades, if not generations, in both communities."
There are also stats on why they didn't leave earlier, how they got out, what they experienced, their religious faith, and who they blame, if you want to read the whole thing.
I have a feeling that the President's inspiring speech plus the promise of reconstruction jobs will lure more back home over time. It'll be interesting to see how the numbers change if another poll is conducted post-speech.