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A view of the San Diego skyline from Shelter Island. Photo courtesy Port of San Diego

San Diego posted the eighth largest population increase between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 among cities with populations of 50,000 or more, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

During the 12-month period, the population of “America’s Finest City” grew by 11,549 people, a near 1 percent increase from the previous year.

Phoenix saw the largest population increase in the country during the period, adding 25,288 people, according to the Census Bureau report.

San Diego was the only city in California to make the top 10 for largest population gains in the latest report, while Texas had four cities make the top 10.

San Antonio and Fort Worth ranked second and third in population growth, rising by 20,824 and 19,552, respectively, according to the Census Bureau.

Jacksonville ranked right above San Diego, with a population growth of 12,153 during the same period, and Denver was right below San Diego, with an increase of 11,053.

Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose each ranked in the top 10 for most populous cities on July 1, 2018. Los Angeles had a population of 3,990,456, while San Diego had 1,425,976 residents and San Jose had 1,030,119.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.