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March 26, 2015 (San Diego)--If you think San Diego is having some growing pains, you may be right.  The Census Bureau’s numbers are in, and San Diego County is now the fifth most populous county in the nation.

Over 3.3 million people now call San Diego County home – and we’re growing fast, too.  Between July 2013 and July 2014, we added the fourth most people of any other U.S. County, growing by 41,000 people.

So where are those four counties with populations bigger than San Diego County?

Los Angeles County is number one, with over 10 million residents.  Cook County Illinois, which includes Chicago, has over 5 million inhabitants, followed by Harris County, Texas, home to Houston with 4.4 million residents and Maricopa County Arizona, which includes Phoenix,  with just over 4 million people living there.

Two other California Counties—Orange and Riverside, also made the list of the top ten most populous counties nationwide.

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