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July 24, 2011

Alief, located in far southwest Houston and bounded by the Westpark Tollway on the north and Beltway 8 on the east, is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Houston.  Alief could be defined as a gateway community, where many new immigrants settle.  42% of the population in Alief were born outside of the U.S., much higher than Houston’s overall rate of 28%.  The story of Alief is also more complex and in this case a bit of data might tell a richer story.  As the graph below indicates (based on 2009 American Community Survey small area data) there is no relationship between being born outside the U.S. and median household income or poverty rates.  This suggests that in Alief  opportunities to succeed are available to nearly all residents, both old and new.

A census tract map for Alief is provided here.

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