Population of Cities in California (2017)

3
Over 1 Million
68
100,000 to 1 Million
290
10,000 to 100,000

As the United States’ third largest state by area and the most populated, it’s no surprise that California has a multitude of cities spread across its geographic regions, which include mountains, deserts, and coastlines. There are a total of 482 municipalities in California spread across 58 different counties. The municipalities are governed under mayor-council, council-manager, or commission systems, with most of the state’s largest cities being run by councils of 5 to 15 members with a governor overseeing city departments. Over half of the state’s total population resides in just five of the counties: Orange, Riverside, Lod Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino.

The state of California has three cities that exceed population counts of over one million: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. Los Angeles, which has a population that’s quickly approaching 4 million as of 2017, is not just the largest city by population in the state but is also the second largest city by population in the entire nation. The state also has two cities that have populations that exceed 500,000: Fresno, and San Francisco. The state has a total of 70 cities with populations of at least 100,000, but less than one million, while it has 127 cities whose populations range between 10,000 and 100,000.

California has 3 cities with more than a million people, 68 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 290 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in California is Los Angeles, with a population of 3,976,322 people.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is California’s most populous city, boasting almost 4 million residents, and is the second most populous city in the United States.

3,976,322

San Diego

California’s second most populous city has over 7,000 farms – more than any other city in the United States.

1,406,630

San Jose

San Jose is believed to be California’s oldest settlement.

1,025,350

San Francisco

Three of San Francisco’s neighborhoods are built on top of a landfill.

870,887

Fresno

Fresno is a city known for its arts, shopping, beautiful parks, and other entertainment.

522,053

Sacramento

The original city of Sacramento is located beneath the current city because the city was raised to prevent flooding.

495,234

Long Beach

Long Beach has been named as one of the top 10 social media cities in the U.S.

470,130

Oakland

This city boasts three national sports teams, more than any other city in California.

420,005

Bakersfield

Bakersfield's San Joaquin Valley is known as the food basket of the world.

376,380

Anaheim

Anaheim, home to Disneyland, was the first city in Orange County.

351,043

Santa Ana

Santa Ana has been ranked by Forbes as one of the safest cities in the nation.

334,217

Name 2017 Population
Los Angeles3,976,322
San Diego1,406,630
San Jose1,025,350
San Francisco870,887
Fresno522,053
Sacramento495,234
Long Beach470,130
Oakland420,005
Bakersfield376,380
Anaheim351,043
Santa Ana334,217
Riverside324,722
Stockton307,072
Chula Vista267,172
Irvine266,122
Fremont233,136
San Bernardino216,239
Modesto212,175
Fontana209,665
Oxnard207,906
Moreno Valley205,499
Glendale200,831
Huntington Beach200,652
Santa Clarita181,972
Rancho Cucamonga176,534
Oceanside175,464
Santa Rosa175,155
Garden Grove174,858
Ontario173,212
Elk Grove169,743
Corona166,785
Lancaster160,106
Hayward158,937
Palmdale157,356
Salinas157,218
Sunnyvale152,771
Pomona152,494
Escondido151,613
Torrance147,195
Pasadena142,059
Fullerton140,721
Orange140,504
Roseville132,671
Visalia131,074
Thousand Oaks128,888
Concord128,726
Simi Valley126,327
Santa Clara125,948
Victorville122,265
Vallejo121,299
Berkeley121,240
El Monte115,807
Fairfield114,756
Carlsbad113,952
Downey113,267
Temecula113,054
Costa Mesa112,822
Murrieta111,674
Antioch110,898
Inglewood110,654
Richmond109,813
West Covina107,847
Clovis106,583
Daly City106,472
Santa Maria106,290
Norwalk106,178
Burbank104,447
San Mateo103,959
El Cajon103,768
Rialto103,314
Vista101,659
Vacaville98,303
Mission Viejo96,396
South Gate95,538
San Marcos95,261
Hesperia93,724
Carson92,797
Santa Monica92,478
Santa Barbara91,930
Redding91,808
Chico91,567
Westminster91,565
San Leandro90,465
Tracy89,274
Livermore89,115
Menifee88,531
Indio88,488
Hawthorne88,031
Chino87,776
Citrus Heights87,432
Whittier86,883
Newport Beach86,688
Alhambra85,474
Redwood City84,950
Hemet84,281
Lake Forest83,240
Buena Park83,156
Merced82,594
Pleasanton82,270
Lakewood81,138
Mountain View80,447
Napa80,416
Tustin80,395
Alameda78,906
Chino Hills78,822
Bellflower77,790
Milpitas77,528
Folsom77,271
Manteca76,908
Upland76,684
Baldwin Park76,464
Perris76,331
San Ramon75,639
Union City75,322
Turlock72,796
Apple Valley72,553
Rancho Cordova72,326
Redlands71,288
Lynwood71,187
Pittsburg70,679
Walnut Creek69,122
Yorba Linda68,235
Davis68,111
Redondo Beach67,867
Camarillo67,363
Palo Alto67,024
South San Francisco66,980
Yuba City66,845
Laguna Niguel65,328
San Clemente65,309
Lodi64,641
Santa Cruz64,465
Madera64,444
Lake Elsinore64,205
Pico Rivera63,635
Montebello63,335
Encinitas63,131
Rocklin62,787
Tulare62,779
La Habra61,664
National City61,147
Monterey Park61,075
Cupertino60,643
Brentwood60,532
Petaluma60,530
Gardena60,048
La Mesa59,948
Dublin59,583
Woodland59,068
Porterville58,978
San Rafael58,954
Huntington Park58,879
Arcadia58,523
Santee57,834
Diamond Bar56,793
Fountain Valley56,529
Novato56,004
Hanford55,547
Gilroy55,069
Highland54,939
Paramount54,909
Colton54,712
Rosemead54,500
Cathedral City54,056
Watsonville53,796
Yucaipa53,309
West Sacramento52,981
Delano52,707
Palm Desert52,231
Placentia52,228
Glendora51,851
Aliso Viejo51,424
Cerritos50,555
Poway50,077
Azusa49,628
La Mirada49,216
Rancho Santa Margarita48,969
Cypress48,906
Covina48,549
Ceres48,278
Palm Springs47,689
San Luis Obispo47,536
San Jacinto47,413
Lincoln47,030
Newark45,810
Beaumont45,349
Coachella44,953
Danville44,631
El Centro44,201
Morgan Hill44,155
Lompoc43,712
San Bruno42,957
Bell Gardens42,806
Rohnert Park42,622
Brea42,471
Rancho Palos Verdes42,435
La Quinta40,956
Campbell40,939
Oakley40,622
San Gabriel40,404