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Harris County Leads the Nation in Minority Growth. What You Got Now, Los Angeles?

You don't need to be an anthropologist to walk around the streets of Houston and notice we have one of the richest and most culturally and racially diverse cities around. But in case you haven't been outside for the past ten years or don't believe that, indeed, white people here are getting old and dying off, the U.S. Census Bureau today released a batch of statistics that prove the point.

Harris County now officially leads the nation in minority growth between 2005 and 2006, having gained 121,400 minority residents. That places it third overall, with minorities comprising 63 percent of its total population, behind LA and Chicago's Cook County. In terms of Hispanic population, Harris County tied with Miami-Dade County for second in the country with 1.5 million Hispanics, still a far cry away from LA's 4.7 million.

According to the Associated Press, Houston's makeup is changing faster than any other area in the U.S. of A, aided in part by the influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Since the early 1980s, the city's white population has been in decline – so much so that, by the 1990s, Houston officially became a majority-minority city. – Chris Vogel

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