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The population of the City of San José is estimated by the California Department of Finance (DOF) to have grown by 12,041 persons or 1.2% in calendar year 2015, from 1,030,053 persons on January 1, 2015 to 1,042,094 persons on January 1, 2016. This increase maintains San José's position as the third largest City in California (behind Los Angeles and San Diego, respectively) and the nation's 10th largest city.

In recent years, San José's population growth has been influenced by the annexation of several large unincorporated county pockets. Typically, however, the primary driver of population growth in San José has been the construction of new housing. For example, building permits were issued for approximately 2,750 dwelling units per year over the 2000-2010 time period. The City's total housing stock is estimated at 329,824 units on January 1, 2016.

An excerpt of the DOF's population and housing estimates report (E-5 report) for Santa Clara County is available below. For a complete copy of DOF population estimate reports, please visit the California Department of Finance website.

In addition, information has been compiled on historic and projected future population figures for the City of San José over the 1900-2040 time period, and is available for download in an Excel file format: