Big Cities Shrink Without Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Census Bureau says immigrants are increasing the size of the nation's cities.

Checking population data from 2000 through 2006, the bureau has found that without the (m) millions of immigrants coming to this country, both legally and illegally, cities from New York to Ames, Iowa, would have lost population.

The only metro area that saw a growth beyond the influx of immigrants was Atlanta, which has seen its regional population jump some 890-thousand people to five-point-one (m) million in the last six years.

Steven Camarota, head of research for the Center of Immigration Studies, says people are leaving big cities because of problems such as poor schools and crime.

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