Houston among metro areas with most new residents last year, despite pandemic

Houston was among the U.S. metropolitan areas with the biggest gains in population last year, a period when many places in the country saw a natural population decrease due to the pandemic, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The nine-county Houston metro area added 69,094 new residents between July 2020 and July 2021. That took the region’s population from 7,137,747 to 7,206,841.

Only Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, Arizona, saw larger increases, adding…