Harris County Leads Nation’s Other Counties in Growth – Population gains put Houston area in the Top 5

April 5, 2012

The Houston metro area officially topped 6 million people last summer, surpassing Philadelphia to become the nation’s fifth-largest metropolitan area.

The growth is part of a continued Texas juggernaut led by Harris County, which added more people than any county in the nation between April 1, 2010, and July 2011, according to census estimates released on Thursday.  The estimates are an update to the official 2010 Census.   One thing is clear: Texas remains a powerful draw.

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