Saturday, July 11, 2009

San Jose's Crazy Population Growth

In the latest Downtown Dimension, they also listed some interesting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau showing exactly how fast San Jose has grown over the past 60 years.

  • 1950 - 95,000
  • 1960 - 204,000
  • 1970 - 459,000
  • 1980 - 629,000
  • 1990 - 894,000
  • 2000 - 950,000
  • 2009 - 1,007,000
I find it pretty amazing that we have gone from a city of 95,000 people in 1950 to breaking the million-person barrier this year (and overtaking Detroit as the 10th most populous city in the US). I hope that as we continue to grow, infrastructure will keep up and our communities will be designed with density in mind and less reliance on cars for transportation.


  1. Also note San Jose can potentially swallow adjacent cities, like it has done in the past, to add to its population.

  2. I must have missed this comment! Berryessa, Willow Glen, and Alviso were all independent cities that were eventually merged into San Jose. Willow Glen was the only one that managed to retain a "downtown" area, and for many years it was considered more of a downtown than downtown San Jose.