Population of Cities in California (2019)

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.

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Over 1 Million
72
100,000 to 1 Million
300
10,000 to 100,000

California has 3 cities with more than a million people, 72 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 300 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in California is Los Angeles, with a population of 4,057,841 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.

4,057,841

San Diego

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

1,453,775

San Jose

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

1,033,519

San Francisco

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

897,536

Fresno

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

532,703

Sacramento

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

513,330

Long Beach

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

466,203

Oakland

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

426,410

Bakersfield

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

388,092

Anaheim

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

356,308

Santa Ana

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

334,811

Name 2019 Population Location
Los Angeles4,057,841Map
San Diego1,453,775Map
San Jose1,033,519Map
San Francisco897,536Map
Fresno532,703Map
Sacramento513,330Map
Long Beach466,203Map
Oakland426,410Map
Bakersfield388,092Map
Anaheim356,308Map
Riverside335,048Map
Santa Ana334,811Map
Stockton314,584Map
Irvine297,019Map
Chula Vista273,565Map
Fremont238,281Map
Modesto218,436Map
San Bernardino218,306Map
Fontana217,981Map
Oxnard211,926Map
Moreno Valley211,682Map
Glendale204,008Map
Huntington Beach199,470Map
Santa Clarita183,922Map
Rancho Cucamonga181,823Map
Ontario180,583Map
Elk Grove179,835Map
Oceanside176,466Map
Santa Rosa176,439Map
Corona176,163Map
Garden Grove175,428Map
Hayward162,459Map
Lancaster159,800Map
Salinas158,850Map
Sunnyvale157,727Map
Palmdale157,125Map
Escondido153,242Map
Pomona152,788Map
Torrance145,857Map
Pasadena143,922Map
Fullerton142,119Map
Roseville140,930Map
Orange140,723Map
Visalia135,337Map
Concord130,487Map
Thousand Oaks128,810Map
Santa Clara126,701Map
Simi Valley126,213Map
Victorville123,345Map
Berkeley123,121Map
Vallejo122,919Map
Fairfield121,470Map
Murrieta118,445Map
Temecula117,416Map
Carlsbad116,031Map
El Monte115,039Map
Clovis114,554Map
Costa Mesa113,068Map
Antioch113,025Map
Downey112,379Map
Richmond111,232Map
Santa Maria110,589Map
San Buenaventura Ventura110,354Map
Inglewood109,529Map
Jurupa Valley109,040Map
West Covina107,808Map
Daly City107,000Map
San Mateo106,029Map
Vista105,214Map
Norwalk105,119Map
El Cajon104,719Map
Rialto104,682Map
Vacaville103,955Map
Burbank103,418Map
San Marcos103,025Map
Comn96,500Map
Tracy96,039Map
Hesperia95,755Map
Chico95,476Map
Mission Viejo95,352Map
Chino95,015Map
South Gate94,509Map
Menifee93,625Map
Livermore92,982Map
Redding92,840Map
Santa Barbara92,815Map
Indio92,322Map
Carson92,233Map
Santa Monica91,857Map
Pleasanton91,525Map
Westminster91,070Map
San Leandro90,618Map
Citrus Heights89,382Map
Hawthorne88,322Map
Alhambra86,722Map
Whittier86,694Map
Lake Forest86,519Map
Newport Beach86,457Map
Hemet86,393Map
Redwood City84,602Map
Merced84,331Map
Buena Park83,840Map
Manteca82,134Map
Mountain View81,500Map
Lakewood81,126Map
Napa81,019Map
Chino Hills80,988Map
Tustin80,884Map
Perris80,771Map
Folsom80,622Map
Alameda80,535Map
Union City78,550Map
Milpitas78,305Map
Upland78,022Map
San Ramon77,256Map
Bellflower77,187Map
Rancho Cordova76,955Map
Baldwin Park75,972Map
Turlock75,319Map
Pittsburg75,140Map
Apple Valley74,272Map
Redlands72,596Map
Walnut Creek70,433Map
Davis70,220Map
Lake Elsinore70,010Map
Lynwood69,999Map
Yorba Linda69,870Map
Palo Alto68,395Map
Redondo Beach68,152Map
Rocklin68,007Map
Yuba City67,568Map
Camarillo67,435Map
South San Francisco66,629Map
Madera66,028Map
Brentwood65,827Map
Dublin65,790Map
Santa Cruz65,524Map
San Clemente65,477Map
Lodi65,466Map
Eastvale65,162Map
Tulare64,807Map
Laguna Niguel64,722Map
Encinitas64,238Map
Pico Rivera62,990Map
Montebello62,681Map
National City61,897Map
Cupertino61,600Map
Woodland61,255Map
Gilroy61,252Map
Petaluma61,046Map
La Habra61,043Map
Monterey Park60,958Map
La Mesa60,164Map
Gardena59,880Map
Arcadia59,879Map
Porterville58,912Map
San Rafael58,447Map
Santee58,416Map
Huntington Park58,252Map
Novato57,558Map
Diamond Bar57,462Map
Hanford55,991Map
Fountain Valley55,866Map
Aliso Viejo55,741Map
Highland55,602Map
Colton55,432Map
Cathedral City55,346Map
Watsonville54,627Map
West Sacramento54,406Map
Paramount54,336Map
Rosemead54,221Map
Palm Desert53,890Map
Yucaipa53,672Map
Cerritos53,156Map
Delano53,034Map
Glendora52,268Map
Placentia52,075Map
Beaumont50,509Map
Azusa50,267Map
Poway50,254Map
Ceres50,009Map
San Jacinto49,321Map
Palm Springs49,153Map
La Mirada49,108Map
Lincoln49,088Map
San Luis Obispo48,529Map
Rancho Santa Margarita48,516Map
Cypress48,366Map
Morgan Hill48,328Map
Covina48,087Map
Newark47,688Map
Coachella46,345Map
Danville45,780Map
El Centro45,224Map
Brea44,577Map
Rohnert Park43,444Map
Oakley43,442Map
La Quinta42,861Map
Bell Gardens42,647Map
Lompoc42,635Map