What? San Jose is bigger than San Francisco in terms of population? It may be a well known fact, but I just find it out. I keep reading “San Jose is the third largest city in California after Los Angles and San Diego”. I was wondering whether San Francisco is not included in California, or have some kind of San Francisco, D.C. arrangement… It turned out San Francisco is really smaller in population than San Jose.
According to Wikipedia:
Rank / City / Population / Land Area (in sq. miles) / Population Density (per sq. miles) / County
1 Los Angeles 3,976,071 469.1 7,876.8 Los Angeles
2 San Diego 1,305,736 324.3 3,771.9 San Diego
3 San Jose 945,000 174.9 5,117.9 Santa Clara
4 San Francisco 799,263 46.7 16,634.4 San Francisco
I am also amazed by how many cities California has – 478 cities. So the term of city in U.S. and China is quite different. City in China is more like county in U.S.
For example the Henan Province in China has 17 Cities, and under cities, there are 159 counties. Counties are under cities. It seems just the opposite of U.S.
The average size of counties is similiar with Henan province, because CA is 410,000 sq. km in area, and Henan is 167,000 sq. km in area. Just FYI, Henan’s population is 97,170,000 and CA is 33,871,648.
It is an interesting discovery for me. I realized it years ago when I got to know Redmond is part of the King County, but didn’t check it carefully until today.