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California
Rank Metro area Population # of small businesses
(1-49 employees)*
  Bakersfield 800,458 11,947
  Chico 220,337 4,881
  El Centro 163,972 2,439
  Fresno 909,153 15,691
  Hanford 149,518 1,603
  Los Angeles 12,872,808 325,132
  Madera 148,333 2,075
  Merced 246,117 2,989
  Modesto 510,694 8,711
  Napa 133,433 3,953
  Oxnard 797,740 19,477
  Redding 180,214 4,663
  Riverside 4,115,871 65,359
  Sacramento 2,109,832 44,948
  Salinas 408,238 8,576
  San Diego 3,001,072 74,956
  San Francisco 4,274,531 115,196
  San Jose 1,819,198 43,722
  San Luis Obispo 265,297 8,069
  Santa Barbara 405,396 11,026
  Santa Cruz 253,137 6,919
  Santa Rosa 466,741 13,594
  Stockton 672,388 10,975
  Vallejo 407,515 6,832
  Visalia 426,276 6,229
  Yuba City 165,274 2,647
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2007 County Business Patterns.
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