Census data shows Houston growth slowing

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HOUSTON, TX - Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S. is growing, but that growing is slowing. From July 2014 to July 2015, the Houston area grew by 159,000 residents. A little less than the year before, but wait… in the same time, number three Chicago shrank by over 6,200 residents so could Houston be heading for 3rd largest city!?!

“Yes we’re catching up on Chicago, but we’ve got a 3 million gap, think about that, you’d have to see Houston’s population increase by another 50%,” explains Patrick Jankowski, Sr. V.P. of Greater Houston Partnership.

Of course these are all numbers from the census, which an estimated 40% of people don’t respond to in the first place. That’s why the U.S. census bureau is in H-Town, beta-testing their new collection strategy with the “2016 census test.”

“We’re going to use the internet for the primary response option for the census,” says John H. Thompson, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

That’s right, the census is going high tech! Don’t worry, grandmas that aren’t on Facebook yet can still mail in their paperwork.

Residents of Harris County, look for these instructions in a mailbox near you!

“I actually received my form in the mail yesterday, when I got to work today I sat down, it took me less than 5 minutes to log on and do this,” said Jankowski.

In another interesting bit of data from the U.S. State Department, Houston welcomed more than1,800 refugees to town in 2015! Houston was second only to Glendale, California in Los Angeles County, for largest influx of refugees.

Not sure we really needed a census to tell us Houston is getting more crowded. All you really had to do was look at weekday traffic... Ugh!

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