10 Largest Cities in California

The largest city in California is Los Angeles, with a population of 3,983,540. West Rancho Dominguez is the fastest growing city in California over the past 10 years, having grown 303.97% since 2010.

Rank Name 2021 Pop. 2010 Census Change Density (mi²)
1Los Angeles3,983,5403,795,5104.95%1,266
2San Diego1,427,7201,305,9109.33%653
3San Jose1,009,340954,9405.70%846
4San Francisco883,255805,5059.65%2,807
5Fresno537,100497,7697.90%698
6Sacramento525,398467,28612.44%801
7Long Beach456,154462,431-1.36%1,341
8Oakland440,981391,40612.67%1,176
9Bakersfield389,007348,98711.47%387
10Anaheim349,699336,7603.84%1,036
11Riverside334,772305,4669.59%614
12Santa Ana333,130325,3272.40%1,815
13Stockton314,835292,8887.49%755
14Irvine298,739213,45039.96%679
15Chula Vista281,838244,64815.20%846
16Fremont247,708214,55315.45%477
17Moreno Valley221,387194,24013.98%644
18Fontana217,237197,31710.10%752
19Modesto216,810203,3016.64%752
20San Bernardino214,706210,6371.93%515
21Santa Clarita211,839208,8221.44%446
22Oxnard208,101198,5394.82%1,169
23Huntington Beach197,417191,2963.20%1,090
24Glendale196,533191,7202.51%961
25Ontario193,594164,37717.77%577
26Elk Grove179,119153,37516.79%635
27Rancho Cucamonga178,119166,2267.15%662
28Santa Rosa176,759175,2380.87%620
29Oceanside175,710168,0794.54%635
30Corona172,652153,05212.81%644
31Garden Grove170,542171,181-0.37%1,415
32Hayward158,089144,8359.15%517
33Lancaster155,559156,824-0.81%246
34Salinas155,101150,8872.79%987
35Palmdale152,921152,936-0.01%215
36Sunnyvale152,495140,4628.57%1,032
37Escondido151,289144,4404.74%604
38Pomona151,223149,1071.42%981
39Roseville146,594119,91622.25%496
40Torrance141,364145,154-2.61%1,027
41Pasadena141,275137,1113.04%917
42Fullerton137,350135,2911.52%913
43Orange137,109137,1030.00%796
44Visalia136,959124,8699.68%538
45Santa Clara132,925116,76113.84%1,087
46Concord128,399122,5054.81%626
47Simi Valley125,963124,4631.21%452
48Thousand Oaks125,881126,732-0.67%339
49Victorville123,251116,2786.00%250
50Vallejo121,722116,1374.81%589
51Chico121,21986,78339.68%540
52East Los Angeles121,187126,496-4.20%2,425
53Berkeley120,763112,8896.97%1,718
54Clovis120,10496,38624.61%704
55Murrieta119,239104,22914.40%529
56Fairfield118,043105,59811.79%427
57El Monte115,845113,6771.91%1,806
58Carlsbad115,110105,6748.93%454
59Temecula115,055100,70314.25%460
60Costa Mesa112,405110,2211.98%1,061
61Jurupa Valley111,95395,59017.12%389
62Antioch111,350103,0808.02%565
63Richmond111,323103,6317.42%552
64Downey109,548111,785-2.00%1,316
65Santa Maria107,35399,6897.69%702
66Inglewood106,377109,658-2.99%1,748
67Ventura105,856107,435-1.47%721
68Daly City105,102101,2623.79%2,050
69Rialto104,11499,3294.82%647
70San Mateo103,52097,3836.30%1,268
71West Covina103,375106,123-2.59%960
72Vista103,34693,40110.65%822
73Arden-Arcade102,86492,18611.58%863
74Norwalk102,251105,544-3.12%1,570
75Vacaville102,11292,55710.32%521
76El Cajon102,04299,8232.22%1,048
77Burbank100,835103,351-2.43%868
78Tracy100,58483,62020.29%579
79Chino100,40178,64427.67%505
80Menifee99,77077,92928.03%320
81Hesperia97,22490,2797.69%199
82San Marcos97,03283,92615.62%594
83Redding94,55889,8955.19%236
84Compton94,11996,442-2.41%1,399
85Indio93,35579,66517.18%419
86Mission Viejo93,29393,2250.07%785
87Milpitas92,17266,72938.13%1,006
88South Gate92,06294,434-2.51%1,896
89Santa Barbara91,68688,4683.64%701
90Carson90,93091,599-0.73%724
91Westminster90,44589,7720.75%1,343
92Livermore90,06181,59910.37%497
93Santa Monica88,99189,759-0.86%1,576
94Citrus Heights87,97483,2735.65%921
95San Leandro87,01985,1192.23%972
96Folsom86,30072,11019.68%461
97Manteca85,87867,73326.79%598
98Lake Forest85,83177,55210.68%769
99Hemet85,70679,0908.37%436
100Redwood City85,56577,01011.11%662
101Chino Hills85,08174,96313.50%284
102Hawthorne84,86284,2950.67%2,079
103Merced84,80279,1317.17%544
104Whittier83,71285,319-1.88%852
105Newport Beach83,45485,329-2.20%522
106Alhambra82,50483,160-0.79%1,611
107Mountain View81,88174,23610.30%1,018
108Buena Park80,99080,7920.25%1,147
109Pleasanton80,61770,38114.54%498
110Perris80,06769,00016.04%378
111Tustin78,88875,4724.53%1,057
112Lakewood78,10780,079-2.46%1,237
113Upland77,75473,8845.24%742
114Napa76,49877,185-0.89%635
115Rancho Cordova76,30565,06717.27%325
116San Ramon76,28371,5856.56%608
117Alameda76,18473,9463.03%1,087
118Bellflower75,49376,624-1.48%1,839
119Baldwin Park74,60975,421-1.08%1,677
120Turlock74,10168,8487.63%653
121Apple Valley73,66169,3076.28%147
122Union City73,20169,6305.13%562
123Pittsburg72,86463,52214.71%616
124Rocklin72,33957,47425.86%544
125Camarillo71,89865,25710.18%544
126Lake Elsinore71,74753,62733.79%279
127Redlands71,70768,8074.21%298
128Walnut Creek70,81264,31410.10%534
129Davis69,79965,5846.43%1,052
130Lynwood69,09169,595-0.72%2,127
131Lodi68,75262,25310.44%751
132South San Francisco68,13363,7016.96%1,101
133Tulare67,94059,43214.32%497
134Yorba Linda67,75464,3905.22%509
135Yuba City67,64065,6313.06%677
136Dublin67,63245,90347.34%662
137Laguna Niguel66,99763,1196.14%677
138Madera66,70061,6038.27%609
139Brentwood65,90251,81327.19%661
140Redondo Beach65,83566,933-1.64%1,583
141Florence-Graham65,71663,3873.67%2,791
142Eastvale64,84154,05419.96%763
143Santa Cruz64,53860,5786.54%755
144Carmichael64,45461,7624.36%714
145San Clemente64,27663,6051.05%522
146Palo Alto63,57664,535-1.49%397
147Castro Valley63,01361,3882.65%566
148Encinitas62,62759,6844.93%490
149National City61,63858,6245.14%1,260
150Montebello60,98262,490-2.41%1,091
151Pico Rivera60,72762,960-3.55%1,091
152Woodland60,69655,6159.14%591
153South Whittier60,35757,1565.60%1,685
154La Habra59,98359,1081.48%1,216
155Gilroy59,92049,00622.27%540
156Porterville59,42758,1972.11%476
157Hanford59,16754,4638.64%507
158La Mesa58,96957,1493.18%966
159Gardena58,90758,8350.12%1,506
160Monterey Park58,61160,218-2.67%1,138
161Santee58,35553,6408.79%526
162San Rafael57,91257,7970.20%521
163Petaluma57,90858,037-0.22%599
164Cupertino57,82058,689-1.48%762
165Arcadia57,04756,3221.29%778
166Huntington Park56,53158,125-2.74%2,797
167Highland55,62953,2184.53%442
168Cathedral City55,43551,4527.74%367
169Novato55,26851,9706.35%300
170Colton55,19852,2615.62%529
171Hacienda Heights55,18854,0382.13%736
172Diamond Bar54,94855,588-1.15%551
173Beaumont54,93737,26147.44%270
174Delano54,87753,1303.29%573
175Fountain Valley54,74555,470-1.31%899
176Yucaipa54,64951,4746.17%288
177Watsonville53,81851,2784.95%1,199
178Rosemead53,72253,795-0.14%1,551
179Palm Desert53,56748,68410.03%298
180West Sacramento53,35548,8429.24%370
181Paramount53,34754,104-1.40%1,681
182Newark51,07742,62819.82%549
183Glendora50,94050,3761.12%389
184Placentia50,62350,994-0.73%1,141
185Rowland Heights50,34748,9932.76%574
186Azusa50,30046,5348.09%775
187Aliso Viejo50,24947,8015.12%1,082
188San Jacinto50,17744,41712.97%291
189Cypress49,36647,9572.94%1,113
190Lincoln49,10143,09913.93%311
191Ceres49,03845,9016.83%781
192Cerritos49,00149,042-0.08%837
193Palm Springs48,84444,7819.07%77
194Poway48,81747,9511.81%186
195Antelope48,39845,7705.74%1,055
196San Luis Obispo47,77745,1565.80%534
197Morgan Hill47,68838,07125.26%547
198North Highlands47,66142,69411.63%806
199Florin47,55547,5130.09%814
200La Mirada47,46148,535-2.21%904
201Rancho Santa Margarita47,29447,918-1.30%547
202Covina46,71047,785-2.25%990
203El Dorado Hills46,59342,10810.65%143
204Coachella45,72740,98411.57%227
205Altadena44,85042,7774.85%790
206Danville44,16441,9875.18%364
207El Centro44,05942,6783.24%571
208Oakley43,38735,66621.65%408
209Los Banos43,18836,07019.73%644
210Lompoc43,18142,3222.03%554
211Brea42,79739,4228.56%525
212Hollister42,72034,97322.15%866
213Rohnert Park42,52140,8554.08%905
214San Bruno42,33541,1452.89%1,153
215La Quinta42,31637,67012.33%179
216Bell Gardens41,65242,056-0.96%2,525
217Montclair41,60136,74313.22%1,124
218Rancho Palos Verdes40,94841,692-1.78%453
219Campbell40,89340,6690.55%1,003
220Culver City39,43738,8881.41%1,150
221Calexico39,33138,6611.73%680
222San Gabriel39,30339,647-0.87%1,413
223La Puente39,29839,843-1.37%1,684
224La Presa38,22734,16911.88%1,036
225Pacifica38,13037,3941.97%449
226Martinez38,07936,1575.32%449
227Stanton38,07337,9000.46%1,832
228Wildomar37,51532,41615.73%236
229Moorpark36,24934,6444.63%429
230French Valley36,12623,06756.61%495
231Claremont36,05834,8993.32%402
232West Hollywood36,05134,3594.92%2,847
233San Juan Capistrano35,92934,4834.19%371
234Foothill Farms35,88133,1218.33%1,274
235Monrovia35,80936,599-2.16%391
236Temple City35,41735,556-0.39%1,318
237Bell35,33935,481-0.40%2,107
238Westmont35,26631,85310.71%2,845
239Menlo Park35,09432,0809.40%522
240Orangevale34,82433,9602.54%453
241Oildale34,76332,6846.36%793
242Pleasant Hill34,73933,1554.78%732
243Manhattan Beach34,71335,123-1.17%1,314
244Adelanto34,00731,6617.41%96
245Seaside33,68033,0941.77%543
246Foster City33,48530,6099.40%1,315
247Dana Point33,47333,3360.41%769
248Beverly Hills33,27433,937-1.95%869
249San Dimas33,10133,377-0.83%328
250El Paso de Robles Paso Robles32,19329,7868.08%244
251Lawndale31,87332,775-2.75%2,406
252Burlingame31,79928,83810.27%1,076
253La Verne31,73031,1032.02%561
254Fallbrook31,70130,5343.82%269
255Spring Valley31,65028,20512.21%642
256Banning31,19329,7234.95%200
257Orcutt31,11828,9057.66%417
258Fair Oaks31,03230,9120.39%426
259Laguna Hills30,83130,7130.38%696
260Goleta30,82530,1432.26%585
261San Pablo30,77029,4744.40%1,744
262Wasco30,30025,68317.98%481
263San Carlos29,89328,4175.19%808
264Atwater29,84728,2865.52%730
265Atascadero29,71128,4184.55%170
266Suisun City29,66928,0985.59%1,089
267Santa Paula29,55829,3250.79%970
268Los Gatos29,46829,792-1.09%386
269Saratoga29,38930,078-2.29%343
270Los Altos29,35529,0910.91%675
271Walnut29,23529,2030.11%485
272Ridgecrest29,21727,6845.54%209
273Desert Hot Springs29,00427,1726.74%143
274East Palo Alto28,97028,2222.65%1,713
275Coronado28,52123,96119.03%533
276Vineyard28,38624,83614.29%246
277Monterey28,19427,9081.02%486
278Benicia28,15627,0634.04%327
279Isla Vista27,70723,09619.96%2,232
280Temescal Valley27,630213
281Hercules27,60424,14714.32%642
282Imperial Beach27,59626,3884.58%957
283Ladera Ranch27,27722,98018.70%827
284Lemoore27,23524,53711.00%461
285Lathrop26,99517,69552.56%203
286Lafayette26,86623,87312.54%266
287Galt26,85223,73913.11%588
288Belmont26,67325,8703.10%858
289Lemon Grove26,66325,3805.06%1,025
290West Whittier-Los Nietos26,65425,5404.36%1,577
291Maywood26,52727,381-3.12%3,355
292Brawley26,33725,0385.19%484
293Norco26,23027,240-3.71%283
294Eureka26,19427,201-3.70%416
295Soledad26,06126,0270.13%867
296Windsor25,84626,811-3.60%530
297Bay Point25,80821,34920.89%596
298Reedley25,76024,4145.51%705
299San Lorenzo25,56923,4529.03%1,373
300Sanger25,50524,2984.97%660
301Twentynine Palms25,47725,1011.50%65
302El Cerrito25,31023,6447.05%1,032
303Riverbank25,24322,76210.90%929
304Selma24,95923,4596.39%645
305South Pasadena24,92725,607-2.66%1,091
306Dinuba24,91121,57015.49%570
307Loma Linda24,78423,3686.06%482
308North Tustin24,70524,917-0.85%557
309Ashland24,43021,92511.43%1,981
310San Fernando24,09223,6431.90%1,512
311Oakdale23,99820,82315.25%579
312Oroville23,95118,70028.08%258
313Barstow23,85722,8124.58%86
314Calabasas23,82523,4641.54%260
315Valinda23,70522,8223.87%1,754
316Rosemont23,60222,6814.06%804
317Seal Beach23,58824,109-2.16%312
318Winter Gardens23,54520,63114.12%794
319Marina23,43119,74318.68%393
320West Puente Valley23,38222,6363.30%1,864
321Cudahy23,19723,809-2.57%2,940
322Granite Bay23,18320,40213.63%161
323West Rancho Dominguez22,9015,669303.97%859
324Patterson22,88220,64710.82%437
325Willowbrook22,81135,983-36.61%2,198
326Arvin22,66119,34517.14%701
327Laguna Beach22,61922,765-0.64%379
328South Lake Tahoe22,48721,4105.03%330
329Corcoran22,44024,467-8.28%454
330Millbrae22,12221,5722.55%1,014
331West Carson22,07921,6991.75%1,452
332Yucca Valley21,94920,6956.06%82
333Lakeside21,91720,6486.15%471
334Bloomington21,84723,851-8.40%536
335Lennox21,81822,753-4.11%2,974
336Rancho San Diego21,79921,2082.79%374
337Port Hueneme21,54421,726-0.84%726
338Ramona21,32320,2925.08%83
339Shafter21,20717,16023.58%82
340Dixon21,13818,43114.69%446
341American Canyon21,00319,6336.98%514
342Duarte20,90521,348-2.08%464
343Rosamond20,85118,15014.88%60
344Prunedale20,32717,56015.76%66
345South El Monte20,26420,1000.82%1,062
346Linda20,22817,77313.81%351
347East Hemet20,21117,41816.04%579
348Mead Valley20,14518,5108.83%157
349Orinda20,13617,82013.00%233
350Lomita20,06420,263-0.98%1,564
351South San Jose Hills19,97720,551-2.79%1,974
352Agoura Hills19,84420,338-2.43%379
353Casa de Oro-Mount Helix19,80418,7625.55%431
354La Canada Flintridge19,70520,258-2.73%340
355La Crescenta-Montrose19,68919,6530.18%856
356Castaic19,40019,0152.02%398
357Albany19,31818,5394.20%1,609
358Stevenson Ranch19,17917,5579.24%450
359Cameron Park19,17118,2285.17%254
360Hermosa Beach19,15219,506-1.81%2,002
361Blythe19,11820,569-7.05%107
362Pinole19,10018,3773.93%558
363Imperial19,01814,83628.19%455
364Rancho Mirage18,97417,21810.20%112
365Arcata18,80117,6816.33%299
366Coalinga17,98918,330-1.86%407
367Mountain House17,9669,67585.70%839
368Moraga17,96316,05711.87%283
369Woodcrest17,85914,34724.48%234
370Arroyo Grande17,85417,2923.25%448
371Valle Vista17,66314,57821.16%383
372Nipomo17,60116,7145.31%177
373Chowchilla17,51218,718-6.44%235
374Greenfield17,42616,4146.17%1,216
375Santa Fe Springs17,34216,2556.69%291
376McKinleyville17,20815,17713.38%123
377Truckee17,13116,1675.96%79
378Ripon17,12214,45318.47%479
379Live Oak16,83717,158-1.87%774
380Rosedale16,82014,05819.65%86
381Bostonia16,60315,3797.96%1,285
382Los Osos16,53314,27615.81%193
383El Segundo16,50416,656-0.91%450
384Artesia16,39916,519-0.73%1,508
385Rio Linda16,35915,1068.29%247
386Stanford16,32613,80918.23%886
387East San Gabriel16,25614,8749.29%1,552
388McFarland16,24012,72327.64%907
389Vincent16,2251,642
390Parlier16,17014,61410.65%1,001
391Discovery Bay16,15913,35221.02%638
392Fillmore16,12615,0137.41%715
393Cherryland16,06614,7289.08%1,998
394Phelan15,98714,30411.77%40
395Walnut Park15,89615,966-0.44%3,168
396Kerman15,87213,63416.41%724
397Livingston15,85413,06821.32%643
398Parkway15,81814,6707.83%981
399East Rancho Dominguez15,79215,1354.34%2,863
400Ukiah15,68316,024-2.13%489
401Laguna Woods15,65216,012-2.25%697
402Avocado Heights15,42615,4110.10%850
403Pacific Grove15,26515,0811.22%796
404La Palma15,23415,545-2.00%1,273
405Clearlake15,09115,267-1.15%222
406Coto de Caza15,05614,8661.28%291
407Red Bluff15,01114,0866.57%296
408Alamo14,90514,5702.30%230
409Alpine14,87814,2364.51%83
410Susanville14,82617,725-16.36%278
411Lamont14,79915,120-2.12%481
412Lemon Hill14,73313,7297.31%1,343
413Auburn14,42913,3458.12%300
414North Fair Oaks14,37214,687-2.14%1,788
415King City14,29112,90210.77%547
416North Auburn14,26913,0229.58%273
417California City14,26013,4675.89%10
418Tehachapi14,23514,367-0.92%209
419Salida14,22913,7223.69%401
420Mill Valley14,18513,9211.90%444
421Avenal14,05215,278-8.02%107
422Hawaiian Gardens13,95314,277-2.27%2,193
423El Sobrante13,88112,7239.10%286
424Oak Park13,85313,8110.30%390
425Sun Village13,81911,56519.49%191
426El Sobrante13,81812,6699.07%745
427Lindsay13,49311,77214.62%736
428Olivehurst13,46413,656-1.41%269
429Big Bear City13,46312,3049.42%63
430Grover Beach13,37513,1761.51%862
431Carpinteria13,28313,0132.07%765
432Solana Beach13,21012,8982.42%577
433Palos Verdes Estates13,09913,435-2.50%409
434Lakeland Village13,00211,54112.66%221
435San Marino12,87013,104-1.79%509
436Half Moon Bay12,84811,34513.25%298
437Bonita12,70612,5381.34%378
438Grass Valley12,68912,876-1.45%360
439Grand Terrace12,64012,0644.77%537
440Muscoy12,56210,64418.02%620
441Marysville12,52412,0943.56%539
442Commerce12,45912,840-2.97%284
443Clayton12,40310,95813.19%481
444San Anselmo12,38412,3200.52%689
445Delhi12,30110,75514.37%522
446Kingsburg12,18211,4646.26%490
447Larkspur12,15811,9202.00%599
448Home Gardens12,15311,5705.04%1,198
449Fortuna12,13312,0480.71%345
450Newman12,13010,27318.08%877
451Emeryville12,04010,12518.91%1,413
452Camp Pendleton South11,93610,61612.43%454
453View Park-Windsor Hills11,75611,0756.15%952
454Lake Los Angeles11,75112,328-4.68%180
455Diamond Springs11,73111,0376.29%105
456Tamalpais-Homestead Valley11,68910,7358.89%372
457Scotts Valley11,63711,5810.48%376
458Alum Rock11,55115,536-25.65%2,044
459Mendota11,48111,3321.31%505
460Magalia11,47611,3101.47%122
461Placerville11,39710,4798.76%291
462Healdsburg11,38311,3090.65%380
463Canyon Lake11,33810,5996.97%432
464Winton11,28810,6136.36%553
465Los Alamitos11,28111,391-0.97%418
466Hillsborough11,26910,8593.78%271
467Signal Hill11,23111,0181.93%764
468Rossmoor11,12810,2448.63%1,075
469Valley Center11,0779,27719.40%60
470Anderson10,9189,9769.44%231
471Piedmont10,90310,7111.79%956
472Soquel10,8839,64412.85%353
473La Riviera10,84010,8020.35%850
474Shasta Lake10,76710,1456.13%147
475Rio Vista10,7427,38345.50%243
476Farmersville10,65110,5850.62%709
477Sierra Madre10,62110,917-2.71%536
478Sonoma10,61810,668-0.47%577
479Fairview10,53210,0035.29%571
480San Diego Country Estates10,51410,1094.01%93
481Morro Bay10,51110,2442.61%294
482Oak Hills10,4448,87917.63%64
483Exeter10,43910,3410.95%632
484Rodeo10,4098,67919.93%415
485East Whittier10,3561,415
486Orange Cove10,2479,7505.10%852
487Citrus10,15010,866-6.59%1,706
488Charter Oak10,0489,3107.93%1,614
489Quartz Hill10,00310,912-8.33%396
490Del Aire9,99010,001-0.11%1,471
491Country Club9,9779,3796.38%776
492Garden Acres9,97210,648-6.35%575
493Malibu9,94612,639-21.31%75
494Capitola9,8849,925-0.41%925
495Fort Irwin9,8728,84511.61%211
496Madera Acres9,8579,1637.57%202
497Marina del Rey9,8528,86611.12%1,712
498Mentone9,7938,72012.31%239
499West Athens9,7068,72911.19%1,082
500Rio del Mar9,6579,2164.79%480

Top 500 Cities in California by Population

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.

Map of Cities in California

California Cities by First Letter

  1. US Census Annual Estimates - 2020 Estimates Calculated via Linear Projection of Previous Estimates

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