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Houston Population

Houston is a diverse and international city, in part because of its many academic institutions and strong industries. Over 90 languages are spoken in the city. Houston has among the youngest populations in the United States, partly due to an influx of immigrants into Texas. The city has the third largest Hispanic and third largest Mexican American population in the US. An estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants reside in the Greater Houston area. Houston has one of the largest communities of Indian-Americans and Pakistani-Americans in the US.

According to the 2007 US Census estimates, Houston's population was 55% White (28% non-Hispanic-White), 24.7% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 5.5% Asian, 0.1% native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 15.2% some other race, 1.1% two or more races, 41.7% Hispanic or Latino of any race (mostly Mexican).

Since the mid-1990s changes in immigration from Cuba to the US occurred due to the wet feet, dry feet policy and other policy changes; many Cubans immigrated through Mexico and people who did not have relatives in Miami settled in Houston; this caused an expansion of Houston's Cuban-American community.

Houston has a large population of immigrants from Asia, including the largest Vietnamese-American population in Texas and third largest in the US, with 85,000 people in 2006. Some parts of the city with high populations of Vietnamese and Chinese residents have Chinese and Vietnamese street signs, in addition to English ones. Houston has two Chinatowns: the original located in Downtown, and the more recent one north of Bellaire Boulevard in the southwest area of the city. The city has a Little Saigon in Midtown and Vietnamese businesses located in the southwest Houston Chinatown. A Little India community referred to as the Harwin District, exists along Hillcroft.





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