San Jose is now among the 10 American cities with a population of a million or more, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
By Sharon Simonson
New York remains the nation’s most populous city with nearly 8.5 million people. It gained 52,700 residents in the year that ended July 1. That was the greatest numeric increase among all U.S. cities.
California now has three cities with a million or more people: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, tying the state with rival Texas, which has Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, for lead among states.
San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego and Irvine were all among the nation’s 15 largest numerical gainers. San Jose added not quite 12,000 residents in the year; Los Angeles not quite 31,000; San Diego, 21,225.
San Francisco moved up a notch to become the nation’s 13th largest city, just after Jacksonville, Fla.
San Jose stood just shy of the one million mark when the 2013 estimates were first published last year. The 2014 population estimates released today show the city passing the one million milestone in the updated 2013 estimate.
Half of the 10 cities with the largest population gains between 2013 and 2014 were in Texas—Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth. Each added more than 18,000 people. The Lone Star State also had six of the top 13 fastest-growing cities by percentage—San Marcos, Georgetown, Frisco, Conroe, McKinney and New Braunfels.
San Marcos, situated between Austin and San Antonio, was the fastest-growing city for the third consecutive year, with its population climbing 7.9 percent between 2013 and 2014 to reach 58,892.