Houston By The Numbers: Population Boom Leaves a Paved City | Meet The Press NBC News

>>> AND WE ARE BACK, DATA DOWNLOAD TIME IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE HARVEY, WHAT KIND OF CHALLENGES COULD HOUSTON FACE AS IT STARTS TO REBUILD? TAKING A LOOK AT HOW THE CITY HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST TWO DECADES, IT COULD HELP US START TO UNDERSTAND

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, THE HOUSTON METRO AREA HAS SEEN ITS POPULATION EXPLODE SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY FROM 34 MILLION RESIDENTS IN 2000 TO NEARLY 46 MILLION IN 2016, A 35% INCREASE IN LESS THAN 20 YEARS MUCH FASTER THAN MOST METRO AREAS NOTABLY, ONE PART OF HOUSTON'S POPULATION INFLUX CAME FROM NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS DISPLACED BY HURRICANE KATRINA IN 2005

ROUGHLY 250,000 RESIDENTS TOOK REFUGE IN HOUSTON FOLLOWING THAT STORM AND AN ESTIMATED 25,000 TO 40,000 OF THOSE FOLKS STILL REMAIN IN HOUSTON TODAY HOUSTON IS ALSO A VERY DIVERSE CITY SINCE 2000, ITS WHITE, NON-HISPANIC POPULATION HAS DECLINED FROM 42% TO 30% WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE HISPANIC POPULATION HAS RISEN FROM 33 TO 42% AND THIS COULD PRESENT ANOTHER SET OF CHALLENGES TO THE RECOVERY EFFORTS PEW ESTIMATES MORE ARE UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENTS, ARE THEY ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL DOLLARS? THE POPULATION EXPLOSION ALSO COMES WITH CONSEQUENCES BETWEEN 2000 AND 2015 OVER 400,000 HOUSING UNITS WERE CONSTRUCTED IN THE HOUSTON AREA FOR THE POPULATION EXPLOSION AND HOUSTON HAS HAD TO PAVE THE WAY LITERALLY FOR THESE NEW RESIDENTS

HARRIS COUNTY HAS 35,000 LANE MILES OF ROAD BEAR COUNTY, HOME TO SAN ANTONIO IS SIMILAR IN SIZE GEOGRAPHICALLY TO HARRIS COUNTY, BUT IS LESS THAN HALF OF THE AMOUNT OF LANE MILES OF ROAD WHY DOES THIS MATTER? ALL OF THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS LED TO THE PAVING OVER OF WETLANDS AND PRAIRIES AND IT IS LESS ABLE

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