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Huge growth for a few California cities, Census reports

The last population estimates before the 2010 Census are out, and four California cities are among the biggest in the country.

In SoCal, the Census Bureau estimates there are 3.8 million Angelinos residing within LA city limits, and 1.3 million San Diegans. LA is second only to New York City, where 8.3 million people reside.

The Bay Area's biggest cities are San Jose (964,695) and San Francisco (815,358).

Rank

Place

State

Population Estimate

1

New York City

New York

8,391,881

2

Los Angeles city

California

3,831,868

3

Chicago city

Illinois

2,851,268

4

Houston city

Texas

2,257,926

5

Phoenix city

Arizona

1,601,587

6

Philadelphia city

Pennsylvania

1,547,297

7

San Antonio city

Texas

1,373,668

8

San Diego city

California

1,306,301

9

Dallas city

Texas

1,299,543

10

San Jose city

California

964,695

11

Detroit city

Michigan

910,920

12

San Francisco city

California

815,358

U.S. Census Department Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places Over 100,000, Ranked by July 1, 2009 Population: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009

 

Among the fastest growing cities in California are Victorville and Elk Grove. Both cities added enough residents since 2000 to crack the 100,000 mark.

 

Geographic Area

Population Estimates

Change, 2000 to 2009

Rank

Place

State

July 1, 2009

April 1, 2000 Estimates Base

Number

Percent

1

Frisco city

Texas

102,412

33,695

68,717

203.9

2

McKinney city

Texas

127,671

54,319

73,352

135.0

3

North Las Vegas city

Nevada

224,387

115,531

108,856

94.2

4

Gilbert town

Arizona

217,285

114,702

102,583

89.4

5

Port St. Lucie city

Florida

154,410

88,471

65,939

74.5

6

Victorville city

California

110,921

64,058

46,863

73.2

7

Round Rock city

Texas

105,412

61,467

43,945

71.5

8

Elk Grove city

California

135,228

81,096

54,132

66.8

9

Cape Coral city

Florida

154,202

102,467

51,735

50.5

U.S. Census Department Cumulative Estimates of Resident Population Change for Incorporated Places Over 100,000, Ranked by Percent Change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009

 

'Census numbers govern the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds each year and serve as the baseline for future post-census population estimates,' Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. 'Local governments use census data to plan new roads, schools and emergency services. Businesses use the data to develop new economic opportunities.'

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