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Brookings: San Francisco, Oakland Among U.S. Cities Gaining White Population After Decades of Loss
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Brookings: San Francisco, Oakland Among U.S. Cities Gaining White Population After Decades of Loss

By Sharon Simonson Whites are returning to America’s cities including San Francisco and Oakland, reversing what had become persistent outmigration. In the two decades from 1990 to 2010, America’s 50 largest cities experienced a net loss of more than two million people who identified themselves as white, according to the new findings from The Brookings Institution’s William Frey based on U.S. Census Bureau data. In the first four years of the current decade, the same 50 cities experienced a net gain of nearly 500,000 white people. Young adults aged 25- to 34-years-old and their young children are leading the shift, along with older adults aged 55 to 74, Frey found. “The impetus for this change is undoubtedly related to the post 2010 revival of big city growth that has been d...
All Together Now
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All Together Now

By Sharon Simonson SAN FRANCISCO—Vivekanand T Choudhry arrived early June 21 at Marina Green Park in San Francisco for International Yoga Day. It was a milestone for the 38-year-old Silicon Valley resident and Bihar, India, native. Something in him changed when he heard Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden speech to the United Nations in September and Modi's call for the global embrace of yoga as a force for good, Choudhry says. He has dabbled in yoga for many years. His wife, grandfather and father-in-law are dedicated to it. But he has never been able to practice consistently, until now. Though he started in earnest a mere 10 days earlier, he admits with a laugh, his life’s trajectory has changed, he insists. “(Yoga) was not a priority; now it is,” he says. Ap...
San Mateo County Leads Bay Area Economic Growth
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San Mateo County Leads Bay Area Economic Growth

Federal data charting five years' business growth suggest San Mateo County is the Bay Area’s true economic sweet spot. (Photo of the Facebook campus the month the company moved in, courtesy Flickr and Jitze Couperus.) By Sharon Simonson For all the debate about the relative economic strength and stature of traditional Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County) versus the new Silicon Valley (including San Francisco), San Mateo County is arguably outrunning both. Nationally, the information-technology sector is leading economic recovery. Industry payrolls expanded more than 20 percent in the five years ending in 2013, reaching $273 billion a year. Internet and software publishers and data storage and processing companies are growing the fastest. The Bay Area’s information-technology...
Bloomin’ ‘Burbs
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Bloomin’ ‘Burbs

By Sharon Simonson New residents settling in the East Bay suburbs and exurbs are leading regional population growth, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Of 20 Bay Area cities, Pleasanton and Brentwood were the fastest growing at 2.7 percent from July 2012 to July 2013. Pleasanton neighbor Livermore; Brentwood neighbors Antioch and Pittsburg; and Walnut Creek helped complete the top 10 fastest. San Jose, the region’s largest suburb, also appears to have turned a corner. The self-named Capital of Silicon Valley added not quite 16,000 people, making it the country’s 11th fastest-growing city on a numeric basis. San Jose’s 1.6 percent growth rate was its fastest in three years. The Bay Area trends echo national trends reported May 22 by The Wall Street Journal bas...