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Detroit off ten biggest U.S. cities, replaced by San Jose

By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The city of Detroit, which has suffered decline as its automakers struggled through economic hardship, has dropped out of the top ten largest U.S. cities since 2000, according to 2010 Census data released on Thursday.

Taking its place on the top ten list was San Jose, California, the so-called technology capital of Silicon Valley, the data showed.

The only other significant change over ten years was San Antonio, Texas, which leapfrogged past Dallas and San Diego to seventh place.

San Antonio was the only city in the top ten to record double-digit population growth, adding nearly 183,000 people over the past decade.

All top ten cities recorded population growth over the last decade, with the exception of Chicago, where the population declined nearly 7 percent to 2,695,598.

New York, not surprisingly, kept the No. 1 slot, recording growth of nearly 2 percent to 8,175,133.

But the figures were disputed as too low by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials on Thursday.

Bloomberg said he found it particularly hard to believe that there were only 1,300 more people living in the city's borough of Queens, one of the most populous places in the nation, than a decade ago.

He suggested the Census Bureau may have found it difficult to do accurate counts in areas with large immigrant populations such as Queens.

The ten most populous cities in 2010 were New York, population 8,175,133; Los Angeles, 3,792,621; Chicago, 2,695,598; Houston, 2,099,451; Philadelphia, 1,526,006; Phoenix, 1,445,632; San Antonio, 1,327,407; San Diego, 1,307,402; Dallas, 1,197,816 and San Jose, 945,942.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)

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