US cities witness population growth with influx of Hispanics, Asians

April 6th, 2011 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr.6 (ANI): More than 50 percent of United States’100 largest cities have seen a growth of population over the past decade with the influx of Hispanics and Asians, according to the latest census data.

The data shows that Hispanics accounted for the population growth of Philadelphia, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Omaha and Atlanta, whereas Asians boosted the count in Anaheim, California, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Baton Rouge and New Jersey.

Some demographers say the trends in the 2010 Census would have been more acute had the recession not kept in place people who could not find jobs or sell their houses.

“This recession has had more impact than any demographic occurrence I’ve ever seen, except for the inflow of Hispanics,” said Kenneth M. Johnson, a sociologist at the University of New Hampshire who studied Chicago demographics when he was at Loyola University

Many of the big cities have seen a huge plunge in their population according to the 2010 census, partly because of the recession.

Without the influx from the two groups, all the cities would have shrunk.

Demographers have predicted that cities that do not attract more immigrant communities over the next decade will see a huge decline in population.

Much of the growth can be attributed to recent immigrants, who came in search of job opportunities, making population growth a marker of a city’s economy and vitality.

Most of the 100 biggest cities grew between 2000 and 2010. The top gainers were in the West and South, including San Antonio, Fort Worth and El Paso in Texas, and Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina, The Washington Post reports.

In many cases, the number of Hispanics and Asians attracted to a city determined its growth. Among the 100 biggest cities, 26 would have had population losses without an influx of Hispanics, and 11 would have shrunk without the Asians.

“The growth of the nation’s largest cities is always a story of immigration, whether you’re talking about Los Angeles or North Carolina,” said Chris Hoene, Director of Research for the National League of Cities, adding that immigrants often move to cities and, after a while, move on to the suburbs.
More than four in five Americans live in metropolitan areas, and suburbs are growing more quickly than cities.
“A lot of them are staying put now, because they can’t sell those condos they bought. Now they’re shifting from one life cycle to another, having families. I’m not sure what cities can do to hold on to them. They’re going to go to the suburbs,” Johnson was quoted as saying. (ANI)

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