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San Jose joins list of million-person cities

The San Jose skyline ass seen from City Hall. The center of California’s Silicon Valley has joined the list of 10 U.S. cities with populations of a million or more.
The San Jose skyline ass seen from City Hall. The center of California’s Silicon Valley has joined the list of 10 U.S. cities with populations of a million or more. The Associated Press

San Jose, the center of California’s booming Silicon Valley, has joined the elite list of 10 U.S. cities with more than 1 million residents, according to a new Census Bureau estimate.

San Jose’s elevation, placing it in the company of Los Angeles and San Diego, means California has three cities on the list, tying Texas (Houston, San Antonio and Dallas). New York City remains the nation’s most populous city. Others on the list are Chicago, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Orange County’s Irvine popped up in the Census Bureau report as one of four California cities on the 15-city list of largest numerical gainers, along with Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose.

Irvine, which grew by 11,420 residents or 4.8 percent in the previous year, is the only U.S. city to be both a high numerical gainer and a high percentage gainer.

One California city, Cerritos, is on the list of U.S. cities to cross the 50,000-resident mark for the first time.

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