Population of Cities in California (2019)

3
Over 1 Million
72
100,000 to 1 Million
300
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, 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
Los Angeles4,057,841
San Diego1,453,775
San Jose1,033,519
San Francisco897,536
Fresno532,703
Sacramento513,330
Long Beach466,203
Oakland426,410
Bakersfield388,092
Anaheim356,308
Riverside335,048
Santa Ana334,811
Stockton314,584
Irvine297,019
Chula Vista273,565
Fremont238,281
Modesto218,436
San Bernardino218,306
Fontana217,981
Oxnard211,926
Moreno Valley211,682
Glendale204,008
Huntington Beach199,470
Santa Clarita183,922
Rancho Cucamonga181,823
Ontario180,583
Elk Grove179,835
Oceanside176,466
Santa Rosa176,439
Corona176,163
Garden Grove175,428
Hayward162,459
Lancaster159,800
Salinas158,850
Sunnyvale157,727
Palmdale157,125
Escondido153,242
Pomona152,788
Torrance145,857
Pasadena143,922
Fullerton142,119
Roseville140,930
Orange140,723
Visalia135,337
Concord130,487
Thousand Oaks128,810
Santa Clara126,701
Simi Valley126,213
Victorville123,345
Berkeley123,121
Vallejo122,919
Fairfield121,470
Murrieta118,445
Temecula117,416
Carlsbad116,031
El Monte115,039
Clovis114,554
Costa Mesa113,068
Antioch113,025
Downey112,379
Richmond111,232
Santa Maria110,589
San Buenaventura Ventura110,354
Inglewood109,529
Jurupa Valley109,040
West Covina107,808
Daly City107,000
San Mateo106,029
Vista105,214
Norwalk105,119
El Cajon104,719
Rialto104,682
Vacaville103,955
Burbank103,418
San Marcos103,025
Comn96,500
Tracy96,039
Hesperia95,755
Chico95,476
Mission Viejo95,352
Chino95,015
South Gate94,509
Menifee93,625
Livermore92,982
Redding92,840
Santa Barbara92,815
Indio92,322
Carson92,233
Santa Monica91,857
Pleasanton91,525
Westminster91,070
San Leandro90,618
Citrus Heights89,382
Hawthorne88,322
Alhambra86,722
Whittier86,694
Lake Forest86,519
Newport Beach86,457
Hemet86,393
Redwood City84,602
Merced84,331
Buena Park83,840
Manteca82,134
Mountain View81,500
Lakewood81,126
Napa81,019
Chino Hills80,988
Tustin80,884
Perris80,771
Folsom80,622
Alameda80,535
Union City78,550
Milpitas78,305
Upland78,022
San Ramon77,256
Bellflower77,187
Rancho Cordova76,955
Baldwin Park75,972
Turlock75,319
Pittsburg75,140
Apple Valley74,272
Redlands72,596
Walnut Creek70,433
Davis70,220
Lake Elsinore70,010
Lynwood69,999
Yorba Linda69,870
Palo Alto68,395
Redondo Beach68,152
Rocklin68,007
Yuba City67,568
Camarillo67,435
South San Francisco66,629
Madera66,028
Brentwood65,827
Dublin65,790
Santa Cruz65,524
San Clemente65,477
Lodi65,466
Eastvale65,162
Tulare64,807
Laguna Niguel64,722
Encinitas64,238
Pico Rivera62,990
Montebello62,681
National City61,897
Cupertino61,600
Woodland61,255
Gilroy61,252
Petaluma61,046
La Habra61,043
Monterey Park60,958
La Mesa60,164
Gardena59,880
Arcadia59,879
Porterville58,912
San Rafael58,447
Santee58,416
Huntington Park58,252
Novato57,558
Diamond Bar57,462
Hanford55,991
Fountain Valley55,866
Aliso Viejo55,741
Highland55,602
Colton55,432
Cathedral City55,346
Watsonville54,627
West Sacramento54,406
Paramount54,336
Rosemead54,221
Palm Desert53,890
Yucaipa53,672
Cerritos53,156
Delano53,034
Glendora52,268
Placentia52,075
Beaumont50,509
Azusa50,267
Poway50,254
Ceres50,009
San Jacinto49,321
Palm Springs49,153
La Mirada49,108
Lincoln49,088
San Luis Obispo48,529
Rancho Santa Margarita48,516
Cypress48,366
Morgan Hill48,328
Covina48,087
Newark47,688
Coachella46,345
Danville45,780
El Centro45,224
Brea44,577
Rohnert Park43,444
Oakley43,442
La Quinta42,861
Bell Gardens42,647
Lompoc42,635