Population of Cities in California (2018)

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 4,030,668 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.

4,030,668

San Diego

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

1,438,060

San Jose

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

1,030,796

San Francisco

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

888,653

Fresno

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

529,153

Sacramento

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

507,298

Long Beach

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

467,512

Oakland

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

424,275

Bakersfield

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

384,188

Anaheim

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

354,553

Santa Ana

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

334,613

Name 2018 Population
Los Angeles4,030,668
San Diego1,438,060
San Jose1,030,796
San Francisco888,653
Fresno529,153
Sacramento507,298
Long Beach467,512
Oakland424,275
Bakersfield384,188
Anaheim354,553
Santa Ana334,613
Riverside331,606
Stockton312,080
Irvine286,720
Chula Vista271,434
Fremont236,566
San Bernardino217,617
Modesto216,349
Fontana215,209
Oxnard210,586
Moreno Valley209,621
Glendale202,949
Huntington Beach199,864
Santa Clarita183,272
Rancho Cucamonga180,060
Ontario178,126
Elk Grove176,471
Oceanside176,132
Santa Rosa176,011
Garden Grove175,238
Corona173,037
Hayward161,285
Lancaster159,902
Salinas158,306
Palmdale157,202
Sunnyvale156,075
Escondido152,699
Pomona152,690
Torrance146,303
Pasadena143,301
Fullerton141,653
Orange140,650
Roseville138,177
Visalia133,916
Concord129,900
Thousand Oaks128,836
Santa Clara126,450
Simi Valley126,251
Victorville122,985
Berkeley122,494
Vallejo122,379
Fairfield119,232
Murrieta116,188
Temecula115,962
Carlsbad115,338
El Monte115,295
Costa Mesa112,986
Downey112,675
Antioch112,316
Clovis111,897
Richmond110,759
San Buenaventura Ventura110,100
Inglewood109,904
Santa Maria109,156
West Covina107,821
Jurupa Valley107,207
Daly City106,824
Norwalk105,472
San Mateo105,339
El Cajon104,402
Rialto104,226
Vista104,029
Burbank103,761
Vacaville102,071
San Marcos100,437
Comn96,850
Mission Viejo95,700
Hesperia95,078
South Gate94,852
Chico94,173
Tracy93,784
Chino92,602
Santa Barbara92,520
Redding92,496
Carson92,421
Santa Monica92,064
Menifee91,927
Livermore91,693
Westminster91,235
Indio91,044
San Leandro90,567
Citrus Heights88,732
Pleasanton88,440
Hawthorne88,225
Whittier86,757
Newport Beach86,534
Alhambra86,306
Hemet85,689
Lake Forest85,426
Redwood City84,718
Merced83,752
Buena Park83,612
Mountain View81,149
Lakewood81,130
Napa80,818
Tustin80,721
Manteca80,392
Chino Hills80,266
Alameda79,992
Folsom79,505
Perris79,291
Milpitas78,046
Upland77,576
Union City77,474
Bellflower77,388
San Ramon76,717
Baldwin Park76,136
Rancho Cordova75,412
Turlock74,478
Apple Valley73,699
Pittsburg73,653
Redlands72,160
Lynwood70,395
Walnut Creek69,996
Davis69,517
Yorba Linda69,325
Lake Elsinore68,075
Redondo Beach68,057
Palo Alto67,938
Camarillo67,411
Yuba City67,327
South San Francisco66,746
Rocklin66,267
Madera65,500
San Clemente65,421
Lodi65,191
Santa Cruz65,171
Laguna Niguel64,924
Tulare64,131
Brentwood64,062
Encinitas63,869
Eastvale63,825
Dublin63,721
Pico Rivera63,205
Montebello62,899
National City61,647
Cupertino61,281
La Habra61,250
Monterey Park60,997
Petaluma60,874
Woodland60,526
La Mesa60,092
Gardena59,936
Arcadia59,427
Gilroy59,191
Porterville58,934
San Rafael58,616
Huntington Park58,461
Santee58,222
Diamond Bar57,239
Novato57,040
Fountain Valley56,087
Hanford55,843
Highland55,381
Colton55,192
Cathedral City54,916
Paramount54,527
Watsonville54,350
Rosemead54,314
Aliso Viejo54,302
West Sacramento53,931
Yucaipa53,551
Palm Desert53,337
Delano52,925
Cerritos52,289
Glendora52,129
Placentia52,126
Poway50,195
Azusa50,054
Ceres49,432
La Mirada49,144
Beaumont48,789
San Jacinto48,685
Rancho Santa Margarita48,667
Palm Springs48,665
Cypress48,546
Lincoln48,402
Covina48,241
San Luis Obispo48,198
Newark47,062
Morgan Hill46,937
Coachella45,881
Danville45,397
El Centro44,883
Brea43,875
Rohnert Park43,170
Lompoc42,994
San Bruno42,719
Bell Gardens42,700
Rancho Palos Verdes42,321