06/29/2012 09:44 am ET

NYC Population Growth Highest In Country Since 2010 Census

According to a new report released by the federal census bureau, New York City led the nation with the highest population growth since 2010, having added nearly 70,000 people.

Houston came in a distant second with 46,000 people added since 2010.

New York also remained the country's most populous city with 8.2 million people recorded in 2011.

The New York Times spoke with the vice president for research of the Regional Plan Association who explained:

A number of studies have found that there’s a stronger preference for walkable neighborhoods that are close to transit and the younger population is driving less than they used to. All of that favors cities, and New York City in particular has become a more desirable place to live over the past 15 years because of everything from reduction of crime to improved subway service.

A recent report also found New York to be one of the most diverse cities in the country. Earlier this year, Houston beat both New York and Los Angeles to claim the most diverse title, mainly due to its Latino population.

Thursday's census bureau statistics saw Texas dominating the list of fastest-growing large states with eight of the top 15 most rapidly growing cities.