A growing number of immigrants are attracted to mid-size cities with lower housing costs, less competition for jobs, and increasing numbers of other immigrants, according to a recent study by the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate. The study, "Immigrants and housing markets in mid-size metropolitan areas," found that a sample of 60 mid-size metropolitan cities saw an average 27 percent increase in new immigrants -- those in the United States for less than 10 years -- from 2000-05. The cities' total population of immigrants during that time rose to 9 percent of the population from 7.4 percent, according to Census data. According to a 2008 study, immigrants and their children will make up 82 percent of the nation's population growth i...
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