Newest US city reaches 1 million people, Census says

Posted at 12:45 PM, May 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-21 13:43:26-04

Welcome to the 1 million club, San Jose.

Ten American cities now boast 1 million or more residents, according to a U.S. Census estimate released Thursday. High-tech San Jose, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just made the cut.

Northern, more densely-populated cities rule the top half of the list, but the south is racing ahead. Half of 10 cities with the biggest population gains from 2013 to 2014 were in Texas — Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth.

The fastest growing city in the country, San Marcos, is also from the Lone Star State. Its population grew 7.9 percent in just one year.

Business Insider ranked it asone of the most exciting small cities in America in 2014. Nearly 3 in 4 residents are younger than 35.

New York City still easily leads the pack with 8,491,079 residents in 2014. That’s more than twice that of runner-up Los Angeles.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.