Ate at Grand Indian Buffet (seriously, that’s the name) in the weird Santa Clara computer, defense, and web2.0 ghetto of Central Expressway and Lawrence, in Santa Clara, last week-end. For an amazing array of other Indian Cuisine restaurants, here’s Yahoo’s handy map.
We had a wager on population. Folks who work and live in Santa Clara set it at 1M (I think they were thinking county, and weren’t far off.) I was talking the city, though, and it’s one of those random suburb areas within about 6 other large suburb areas so amorphous and difficult to estimate. I’m one of those weirdos that relates all populations to my hometown, Cupertino (52K). Santa Clara, I had a feeling, was bigger but not much bigger. Mountain View is a whopping 140,500. How did it get big so fast?? Oakland: 400K. SF: 780K. San Jose- topped 1M so now we’re the San Jose, SF Oakland Bay Area. So have you figured out an estimate for Santa Clara? Turns out to be: Santa Clara: 102K. Other big pops: Beijing: 15M, NYC: 8M, London: 7.5M. US pop is 280M. I know folks are going to write in about changes in these numbers- all I can say is, looked ’em up on wikipedia, which references census 2005 estimates (real census was 2000).