It's been said often enough that San Francisco has been in the midst of a population boom the likes of which it hasn't seen in decades, something to the tune of 10,000 people a year since about 2011, driven by the boom in jobs across the Bay Area. You see it in the traffic, you see it on BART, you see it in the crazy insane housing market. Now the US Census Bureau has released new numbers covering July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015 that show that the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan statistical area (MSA) continued to grow at a rapid pace, with about 60,000 new people arriving in just those 12 months.
The number is an estimate, however. We're midway between two actual decennial censuses which means that the Bureau relies on the American Community Survey, their ongoing survey that takes annual samples of small parts of the population in every region of the country, and therefore can't be 100-percent accurate.
But they say that two Bay Area counties, Alameda and Contra Costa, saw the most growth last year, growing at 1.6 and 1.4 percent respectively, as the Business Times reports.
Overall, the MSA grew from 4,595,980 people to 4,656,132, and while it's unclear from the data release what San Francisco's share of that 60,000 people is, you can assume that at least a few hundred of those people will be making your commute more miserable tonight.
Alameda County saw some of the most significant growth in the Bay Area over the last five years, as the Contra Costa Times reports, gaining a whopping 127,954 bodies which just proves that yes, everyone is moving to Oakland.
And in other news, tons of people are moving to Texas.