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Houston Business Journal - by Deon Daugherty, Reporter

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 2:57pm CDT - Last Modified: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 6:41pm CDT

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Houston has added more people during the last decade than any of the nation’s other 366 metropolitan areas, according to the analysis of the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census released Tuesday by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Although New York, Los Angeles and Chicago continue to top the nation’s most populous cities, Houston grew by 1.23 million people in that 10-year period, more than any other U.S. city.

Houston’s growth alone represents more people than those who live in Buffalo, New Orleans and the combined population of the country’s 14 smallest metropolitan areas.

Overall growth in Houston is based largely on the influx of immigrants moving directly into the southern and southwestern areas, Emerson said.

“This is the secret of Houston’s phenomenal growth over the past decade. It comes not primarily from relocating or retiring Americans but from first-generation immigrants and from their children born in Houston,” he said.

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