San Antonio region’s population expected to top 2.2 million

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The San Antonio-New Braunfels area ranked 24th out of nearly 1,000 metro and micro areas in terms of projected population growth, according to a report released by a sister publication of the San Antonio Business JournalbizWatch .

The San Antonio region will have an estimated population of 2.2 million as of July 1, 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures tabulated by Business First in Buffalo, N.Y. The newspaper analyzed the populations of 942 U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan areas and projected out the growth of these markets via a computer program.

New York City will remain the most populous metropolitan area in America with an estimated population of 18.97 million as of July 1. It is followed by Los Angeles (12.89 million), Chicago (9.51 million), Dallas-Fort Worth (6.53 million) and Houston (6.12 million).

Click here for the latest population estimates for all 942 metropolitan and micropolitan areas across the United States.

Gingrich: Obama “The Food Stamp President” and Blacks to Switch Sides

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has joined other conservatives in using high unemployment rates among African-Americans as a bid against President Obama, saying that the president has performed so poorly that blacks will vote Republican in 2012.

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“No administration in modern times has failed younger blacks more than the Obama administration,” said Gingrich during the keynote speech at the Maryland GOP’s annual Red, White & Blue banquet in Baltimore.

Gingrich cited high unemployment rates among African-American teenagers and said that the black vote is ripe for the picking.

“Think of the social catastrophe of 41% of a community not being able to find a job. But we have to have the courage to walk into that neighborhood, to talk to that preacher, to visit that small business, to talk to that mother. And we have to have a convincing case that we actually know how to create jobs,” he said, as reported on “The morning they believe that, you’re going to see margins in percents you never dreamed of decide there’s a better future,” Gingrich said. “It takes courage, it takes hard work, it takes discipline and it’s doable.”

Gingrich stepped in it earlier by calling Obama “the food stamp president,” but said that if elected he would be a “paycheck president.” Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House, invoked the phrase again during Thursday’s speech, adding a bit of nuance, suggesting that blacks might have a come-to-Jesus moment this election and distance themselves from the president.

“I will bet you there is not a single precinct in this state in which the majority will pick for their children food stamps over paychecks,” he said.

Gingrich’s remarks ring similar to those of Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is also running for the Republican presidential nomination and told a group at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans last week that Obama “has failed the African-American community” for not doing more to bolster employment rates.