List of largest California cities by population

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This is a list of the 100 largest incorporated cities in the State of California ranked by population, based on estimates for June 25, 2014, by the United States Census Bureau.[1]

Note #1: These are the actual incorporated areas of the listed cities, as opposed to metropolitan areas, urban areas, or counties, and will therefore differ from other available population listings. Also, the California State Department of Finance uses different methods for estimating population than the United States Census Bureau, and therefore estimates from the state government may differ from the Census returns.

Rank City Population County Image Description
1 Los Angeles 3,904,657 Los Angeles LA Skyline Mountains2.jpg Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of media, business, and international trade. It is the second most-populous city in the United States. It is also the home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of educational and professional fields, and it is one of the most substantial economic engines of the United States. Los Angeles (and its Hollywood district) lead the world in producing entertainment such as motion pictures, television, and recorded music.
2 San Diego 1,345,895 San Diego Panorama de San Diego.jpg San Diego sits in the extreme south of California on the border with Mexico. The city has miles of beaches and a number of U.S. military facilities as well as the world's busiest land border crossing. It is known as "the birthplace of California" since it was the first European landfall and the first European settlement in present-day California. Although it is a large city, San Diego doesn't encompass headquarters of very many large corporations. Instead the city's economy largely relies on US defense and military-related industries, tourism, and some international trade. It is home to a number of institutions of higher learning, including the University of California, San Diego, the University of San Diego, and San Diego State University.
3 San Jose 1,000,536 Santa Clara USA-San Jose-Downtown-1.jpg San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as one of the first towns in the Spanish colony of Nueva California, which later became Alta California.[2] The town of San Jose served 1849-1851 as the first state capital, when California gained statehood in 1850.[3] After more than 150 years as an agricultural center, San Jose grew due to demand for housing from soldiers returning from World War II, as well as the city's aggressive expansion policy during the 1950s and 1960s as it annexed large portions of land area which helped increase its population. By the 1990s, San Jose's location within the then-booming local technology industry earned the city the nickname Capital of Silicon Valley, and it hosts several prominent technology companies including Paypal, Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems and eBay.
4 San Francisco 839,336 San Francisco Alamo Sq Painted Ladies 1 1024x768 scaled cropp.jpg San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination renowned for its beauty, cosmopolitan flair, steep rolling hills, and eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. The city is surrounded by water on three sides and has many famous landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the cable cars and streetcars, Coit Tower, and Chinatown. The city is well known for its left-wing politics and its diverse population, including large and long-established Asian American and LGBT communities. It is the most densely populated major city in California and is the second most densely populated major city in the United States, only after New York City. It is also the only consolidated city-county in the state of California.
5 Fresno 512,000 Fresno Fresno skyline.jpg Fresno is at the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, a leading agricultural area of the United States and the world. Fresno is the closest major city to Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park. Fresno is the largest inland city in California.
6 Sacramento 485,000 Sacramento Sacramento Skyline (2).jpg Sacramento has been the state capital of California since 1854. Once the state's second largest city, Sacramento was a major distribution center during the California Gold Rush and was the western terminus of the Pony Express. The American River, where gold was first discovered in California in the middle of the 19th century, flows through the city. In the market boom between 2003 and 2008, the population of the metropolitan area reached close to 2.5 million people as suburbs such as Roseville, Lincoln, and Elk Grove grew, making the Sacramento region the largest region in the California's Central Valley. According to the 2010 census, Sacramento is the nineteenth most-populous metropolitan area in the United States.
7 Long Beach 463,589 Los Angeles LongBeachskyline.jpg Long Beach is a coastal city in the Greater Los Angeles area metropolitan area. Long Beach partially borders the city of Los Angeles to its west and is home to the Grand Prix of Long Beach and the RMS Queen Mary, which is docked in Long Beach Harbor. The Port of Long Beach is one of the world's largest shipping ports. The city also has a large oil industry; oil is found both underground and offshore. Manufacturers include aircraft, automobile parts, electronic and audiovisual equipment. It is also home to the headquarters for corporations such as Epson America, Molina Healthcare, and Scan Health Care. Long Beach has grown with the development of high-technology and aerospace industries in the area. The California State University system headquarters are in Long Beach, as is the second largest campus of the 23-school system, California State University, Long Beach.
8 Oakland 406,253 Alameda OaklandnightskylineandLakeMerritt.jpg Oakland is a major West Coast port and is home to several major corporations, including Kaiser Permanente and Clorox, as well as being the corporate headquarters for nationwide businesses like Dreyer's and Cost Plus World Markets. Attractions include Jack London Square, the Oakland Museum of California, the Chabot Space and Science Center, Lake Merritt, the East Bay Regional Park District ridge line parks and preserves, and Chinatown.
9 Bakersfield 363,630 Kern 2008-0621-Bakersfield-pan.JPG Bakersfield sits at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, an especially petroleum-rich area of California. Bakersfield is known for its musical achievements such as its own country genre called the "Bakersfield sound". Bakersfield is also in close proximity with the Sequoia National Forest.
10 Anaheim 345,012 Orange Disneylandcastle.jpg Anaheim is the most populous city in Orange County and second largest in terms of land area; it is known for its theme parks (including Disneyland), sports teams, and convention center.
11 Santa Ana 334,227 Orange SCM Skyline.jpg Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County and home to the famous Bowers Museum, Discovery Science Center, and John Wayne Airport.
12 Riverside 316,619 Riverside Descending Mt. Rubidoux.jpg Riverside is the most populous city of Southern California's Inland Empire region. Riverside is the birthplace of California's citrus industry and home to the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Its downtown is home to the Mission Inn, one of two historic landmark hotels in California. The Mission Inn Festival of Lights is said to be the third largest Christmas lights display in the nation.[citation needed]
13 Stockton 298,118 San Joaquin Downtown Stockton California.jpg Stockton is at the heart of the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta and is sometimes considered the divider between the Sacramento Valley and the San Joaquin Valley. For much of the later 19th century, starting with the Gold Rush, Stockton was one of the largest cities in the state, for a while the third largest city. With a sea port on the San Joaquin River, it was an important agricultural and shipping center, roles which it continues to fulfill.
14 Chula Vista 256,780 San Diego ChulaVista Bayfront.jpg A South Bay suburban city of San Diego, Chula Vista is just 7 miles (11 km) from the Mexican border. It is one of the most economically and culturally diverse cities in Southern California.
15 Irvine 236,716 Orange Downtown Irvine overhead.jpg Irvine is a planned city, mainly developed by the Irvine Company since the 1960s. Irvine is home to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and to a number of corporations, particularly in the technology sector. It is regarded for its good schools, jobs and housing by CNNMoney.com, for low crime by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Census Bureau ranks Irvine highly in median income.
16 Fremont 224,922 Alameda Mission-Peak-2006.jpg Fremont was created as a single city in 1956, from the unification of several unincorporated communities that had historically been small but grew rapidly in the years after World War II. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area just north of San Jose/Silicon Valley in the East Bay.
17 San Bernardino 213,708 San Bernardino Sb 2004 dt snowskyline 003a.jpg San Bernardino is the second largest city in the Inland Empire metropolitan area of California, and the county seat of San Bernardino County, the largest county in geographic area in the 48 contiguous states. San Bernardino is home to California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and a number of corporations in addition to the San Bernardino International Airport. San Bernardino is the gateway to the San Bernardino Mountains, including its ski resorts and numerous lakes.
18 Modesto 204,933 Stanislaus Modesto Arch.JPG Modesto is in the center of the Central Valley east of San Francisco and south of the capital Sacramento. The city is surrounded by fertile farmland. Its population is growing fast due to affordable housing in the area and is quickly becoming a bedroom community for commuters to Sacramento, Fresno, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
19 Oxnard 203,007 Ventura Oxnard Skyline.JPG Oxnard is one of only a handful of cities in the state that is the largest in its county, but not the county seat. It is an important agricultural center, with its distinction as the strawberry and lima bean capital of California. Oxnard has a scenic, relatively uncrowded coastline. The beaches are large and the sand is exceptionally soft.
20 Fontana 203,003 San Bernardino Fontana California Overview.JPG Founded in 1913, Fontana remained rural until a Kaiser Steel mill was built during World War II. The city is now a regional hub of the trucking industry, and home of the California Speedway.
21 Moreno Valley 201,175 Riverside Moreno Valley-Ironwood view.jpg Incorporated in 1984, Moreno Valley lies 65 miles (105 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, just north of Lake Perris. The city is home to the March Air Reserve Base.
22 Huntington Beach 197,575 Orange HuntingtonHarbor CA Aerialphoto D Ramey Logan.JPG This Orange County coastal city is best known for its 8.5-mile (13.7 km) beach. Huntington Beach is often referred to as "Surf City" due to its long association with the sport of surfing.
23 Glendale 196,021 Los Angeles Glendale California From Forest Lawn.jpg Glendale is the focal point of the Verdugo Mountains subregion and is well known for hosting a large Armenian-American community.
24 Santa Clarita 179,590 Los Angeles 2000 0820 TowncenterDrive2.jpg Santa Clarita is home to Six Flags Magic Mountain. The city was incorporated in 1987 as the union of several previously existing communities, including Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia.
25 Garden Grove 175,140 Orange Crystal Cathedral with Spire.jpg Garden Grove is home to the second-largest Vietnamese American community, as well as the Crystal Cathedral.
26 Oceanside 172,794 San Diego Oceanside Beach Panorama.jpg The largest city in San Diego's North County, Oceanside is home to the longest wooden pier on the West Coast and is directly south of Camp Pendleton, the busiest military base in the United States.
27 Santa Rosa 171,990 Sonoma Old Courthouse Square, Downtown Santa Rosa (Smaller Version).jpg Santa Rosa is the largest city in California's Wine Country and the Redwood Empire. The county seat of Sonoma County since 1854, it grew as a center of agriculture, shipping, and industry. It is today still an important local center of business and tourism. The city actually suffered the most destruction of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, which destroyed Santa Rosa's entire downtown. Notable residents have included famed horticulturalist Luther Burbank and Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
28 Rancho Cucamonga 171,386 San Bernardino Victoria Gardens American Apparel.JPG Rancho Cucamonga was incorporated in 1977, as a result of a vote among the residents of the unincorporated communities of Alta Loma, Cucamonga, and Etiwanda.[4] The city was ranked #42 in 'Money's "Best Places to Live in America 2006".[5]
29 Ontario 167,500 San Bernardino Ontario City Library05apr2006.jpg Ontario is the third principal city of the Inland Empire area of California, home to Ontario International Airport and the region's largest shopping mall, Ontario Mills.
30 Elk Grove 161,007 Sacramento Sunset Laguna Blvd.jpg Elk Grove was a sleepy suburb of Sacramento until the housing boom of the 1990s and 2000s. Between the decades, the population has nearly tripled from around 50,000 to more than 150,000 inhabitants. The population has grown so much that Elk Grove has surpassed all of the other suburbs in size and inhabitants. The city was rated the fastest growing city in the United States in 2006. About 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Sacramento, Elk Grove has emerged as a popular place for young families to live and commute to the job centers of the area.
31 Lancaster 159,523 Los Angeles Sunset over Lancaster CA.jpg Lancaster started as a stop on the Union Pacific Railroad, and has grown into the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County. It began as a small farming community, and has since acquired a large and prosperous technology-driven sub-culture. Located in "Aerospace Valley", it has always been on the cutting edge of technology, and is now aiming to become the nation's first net-zero city.[citation needed]
32 Corona 159,503 Riverside CoronaCA.jpg Corona is one of the cities farthest west in the Inland Empire of Southern California, with a population of close to 150,000. It is known as the "Circle City" due to Grand Boulevard's 3-mile (5 km) circular layout. It is one of the greatest residential cities in the Inland Empire, but also has a large industrial portion on the northern half. It is the headquarters of companies such as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Hansen Natural Corporation, Watson Pharmaceuticals, and West Coast Customs (featured on MTV's Pimp My Ride).
33 Palmdale 157,161 Los Angeles Palmdale and Mountains.jpg Commonly referred to as the "Aerospace Capital of America", Palmdale is the birthplace of the Space Shuttle, X-15, B-2 Spirit, F-117 Nighthawk, F-35 Lightning II, SR-71 Blackbird, Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, and many other aircraft that have been used in the United States Air Force, NASA and air forces and airlines around the world. It is the sixth largest city in Los Angeles County and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
34 Salinas 155,662 Monterey Downtown Salinas.jpg Salinas is an agricultural center and the hometown of famed writer and Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck.
35 Hayward 151,574 Alameda HaywardCityHall.jpg Hayward was an historic salt and agricultural processing center and is the home of California State University, East Bay.
36 Pomona 151,348 Los Angeles Pomona..cityhall.jpg Pomona is located between the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley. The city is home of the Fairplex, which hosts the Los Angeles County Fair, the largest county fair in the United States, among others.
37 Escondido 148,738 San Diego Grand01.jpg Situated in San Diego's North County region, Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
38 Sunnyvale 147,559 Santa Clara Murphystreetsunnyvale.jpg Part of the Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale is home to several large tech company headquarters such as AMD, Yahoo!, and Palm, Inc.
39 Torrance 147,478 Los Angeles Torrance skyline.jpg Torrance, 21 square miles (54 km2), is situated 11 miles (18 km) south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 8 miles (13 km) north of the Port of Los Angeles, 30 miles (48 km) west of Disneyland and bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west with 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of beach. Incorporated in 1921, it is the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County. Torrance averages 12.55 inches (319 mm) of rainfall per year.[6]
40 Orange 139,969 Orange Former ATSF Station in Orange CA 7-14-04.jpg Unusual for cities in Orange County, Orange preserved many of its homes that were built prior to the 1960s, now located in the city's Old Towne District, whereas many other cities in the region demolished such houses in the 1960s. Orange is the home of Chapman University.
41 Pasadena 139,731 Los Angeles Pasadena City Hall 2.JPG Pasadena is famous for hosting the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football game. The city is home to many scientific and cultural institutions such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Art Center College of Design, and the California Institute of Technology.
42 Fullerton 138,981 Orange Fullerton city hall.jpg Historically, Fullerton was a center of agriculture, petroleum extraction, transportation, and manufacturing. It is home to several educational institutions, notably the California State University, Fullerton and Fullerton College.
43 Thousand Oaks 128,731 Ventura Conejo Grade in Thousand Oaks.jpg Named after the many oak trees that grace the area, Thousand Oaks is the largest city in the Conejo Valley area.
44 Visalia 127,763 Tulare Visalia Acequia Ave..JPG Visalia is the oldest city between Stockton and Los Angeles.
45 Roseville 127,035 Placer Roseville - City Civic Center.jpg Roseville is a suburb of Sacramento. It is very family oriented with many parks, bike trails, water parks etc., and in 2006 Roseville was named the healthiest city in America. Roseville is known for its high-end shopping including the Fountains, the Galleria (one of the biggest malls in northern California), and more.
46 Simi Valley 126,181 Ventura Simi Valley surroundings.jpg Simi Valley is a bedroom community located in a valley of the same name. It is the site of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
47 Concord 125,880 Contra Costa Don Francisco Galindo House (Concord, CA).JPG Concord is a major regional suburban East Bay center within the San Francisco Bay Area. The former Concord Naval Weapons Station was located to the north of the city.
48 Victorville 121,096 San Bernardino Victor Valley College.jpg Victorville is located in the Victor Valley, at the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert. It is the site of the Southern California Logistics Airport, formerly George Air Force Base before it was converted to civilian use.
49 Santa Clara 120,245 Santa Clara Santaclaraconventioncenter.jpg Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of Intel, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems, NVIDIA, Agilent Technologies, and many other high-tech companies. It also is home to one of the largest theme parks in northern California, California's Great America.
50 Vallejo 118,837 Solano Vallejo Ferry Terminal.jpg Vallejo was home of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, one of the most important naval shipyards in the country, from the 1850s until its closure in the 1990s. It was very briefly the capital of California in 1852. It is the largest city in Solano County, and the home of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
51 Berkeley 116,768 Alameda Berkeleyfromclaremont800x600.jpg Noted as one of the most politically liberal in the nation, the city is home to the University of California, Berkeley, the oldest of the University of California system.
52 El Monte 115,708 Los Angeles Friendly El Monte.jpg El Monte lies in the San Gabriel Valley region and was formerly a crossroad along the Old Spanish Trail. It is home to Penske Motor Group, one of the largest car dealerships in the world.
53 Downey 113,242 Los Angeles Downey City Hall.jpg Located southeast of downtown Los Angeles, Downey is the birthplace of the Apollo space program and the site of the oldest surviving McDonald's restaurant.
54 Costa Mesa 112,174 Orange OC-Performing-Arts-Center.jpg Since its incorporation in 1953, Costa Mesa has grown from a semi-rural farming community to a primarily suburban city with an economy based on retail, commerce, and light manufacturing.
55 Inglewood 111,542 Los Angeles 2008-0914-RandysDonuts.jpg Located southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Inglewood is home of the landmark Randy's Donuts and The Forum arena.
56 Carlsbad 110,972 San Diego Calsbad-late-night.jpg Carlsbad is an affluent, coastal resort city in the North San Diego County region. The city is mainly known for shopping, tourism, a booming high-tech industry, and resort living.
57 Fairfield 109,320 Solano Solanocountygovoffice.jpg Fairfield is the county seat of Solano County, but not the largest city in the county, which is Vallejo. It is the home of Travis Air Force Base and the Jelly Belly jelly bean factory.
58 Ventura 108,817 Ventura Mission San Buenaventura.jpg Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County. Ventura Harbor is home to the headquarters of Channel Islands National Park, and boats to the Channel Islands depart from there daily.
59 West Covina 107,740 Los Angeles Wcovina.jpg West Covina is a mostly middle class suburb located east of downtown Los Angeles in the eastern San Gabriel Valley.
60 Richmond 107,571 Contra Costa Point Richmond, Richmond, California.jpg Richmond is located in western Contra Costa County along the eastern shores of San Francisco Bay. It has been called a company town based on its relationship with the Chevron Corporation, and it is the site of the Chevron Richmond Refinery.
61 Murrieta 107,479 Riverside Murrieta01.JPG Formerly just a small unincorporated town in the Inland Empire, Murrieta has become one of the fastest growing cities in the state. It is now largely a commuter town, with many of its residents commuting to jobs in San Diego County, Orange County, and the neighboring city of Temecula.
62 Antioch 107,100 Contra Costa Elcampanilthratre.jpg Located along the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta and known as "The Gateway to the Delta", Antioch is a suburb of San Francisco, Oakland, and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. The town has seen an enormous amount of growth in the last 30 years, as the population of the Bay Area continues to grow, and real estate prices force families to move towards the outskirts of the Bay Area. In fact, it is located close enough to the Sacramento Metropolitan area that it can be seen to serve as a suburb of both Sacramento and the Bay Area.
63 Temecula 106,780 Riverside Old Town Temecula.jpg Forming the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region, Temecula is the heart of the Temecula Valley wine region.
64 Norwalk 106,589 Los Angeles Norwalk Transit Bus and Bee.jpg Norwalk is located southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is home to Cerritos College.
65 Daly City 104,739 San Mateo Daly City.jpg San Francisco's southern neighbor, Daly City houses the famous Cow Palace (which many people mistakenly believe is in San Francisco), as well as the largest Filipino population outside of the Philippines.
66 Burbank 104,709 Los Angeles Burbankeast.jpg Burbank is nicknamed the "Media Capital of the World"[7] for being the home of many media and entertainment production companies, including Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Music Group, NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, Cartoon Network Studios, and Nickelodeon.
67 Santa Maria 102,216 Santa Barbara Foxen.jpg Santa Maria, the largest city in Santa Barbara County, is in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley wine region and is known for their famous Santa Maria Style Barbecue. Allan Hancock College, and St. Joseph High School are in the city.
68 El Cajon 102,211 San Diego Cuyamacacollegesign.jpg El Cajon is located east of San Diego. Nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains, the city has acquired the nickname of "The Big Box".[8]
69 Rialto 101,910 San Bernardino 1907 First Christian Church.jpg Rialto is home to four major regional distribution centers: Staples, Inc., which serves stores across the entire West Coast of the United States, Toys "R" Us, FedEx, and Target
70 San Mateo 101,128 San Mateo MCB-san-mateo-aerial.jpg San Mateo is one of the larger suburbs on the San Francisco Peninsula.
71 Clovis 99,769 Fresno Pollasky Ave. Clovis.JPG Clovis is the second largest city in Fresno County. Lying at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which includes Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia national parks, Clovis has been known as the "Gateway to the Sierras".
72 Jurupa Valley 98,030 Riverside Jurupa Valley was incorporated July 1, 2011.
73 Compton 97,877 Los Angeles Compton martin luther king monument.jpg An inner suburb of Los Angeles, Compton is known for its large African American and Latino communities. The city is home to Richland Farms, one of the last urban farming communities in the Los Angeles metro area, and is also almost universally considered to be the birthplace of gangsta rap.
74 Vista 96,929 San Diego View of South Santa Fe.jpg Vista is located just 7 miles (11 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County. The city has more than 25 educational institutions, and a business park home to over 800 companies.
75 Mission Viejo 96,346 Orange Snow at Lake Mission Viejo 005.jpg Located in southern Orange County in the Saddleback Valley, Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States. The city is mainly residential, although there are a number of offices and businesses within its city limits.
76 South Gate 95,677 Los Angeles Located southeast of downtown Los Angeles, South Gate is part of the Gateway Cities region of Los Angeles County. In 1990, South Gate was one of ten U.S. communities to receive the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.[9]
77 Vacaville 94,275 Solano Aerial view of Vacaville, California.jpg Vacaville is located nearly halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco. It is home to several biotechnology/pharmaceutical facilities.
78 Carson 92,599 Los Angeles HomeDepotCenter1.jpg Carson is a suburb in the South Bay region of Greater Los Angeles. It is home of California State University, Dominguez Hills, and the StubHub Center sports complex, housing both of the Major League Soccer teams for Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA.
79 Santa Monica 92,472 Los Angeles Santa monica beach dehk.jpg Santa Monica, a famed beachfront city surrounded on three sides by Los Angeles, is home to a mixture of affluent, single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, young professionals, and students. It is the site of the world-famous Santa Monica Pier.
80 Hesperia 92,147 San Bernardino HesperiaCA.JPG Hesperia is located in the High Desert region of the Mojave Desert 15 miles (24 km) north of San Bernardino.
81 Westminster 91,739 Orange Asian Garden Little Saigon.jpg Westminster is known for its Vietnamese American community, one of the largest in the United States.
82 Redding 91,119 Shasta Sundialbridge1.png Located on the banks of the Sacramento River, Redding is the largest city in California north of Sacramento. It is the gateway to numerous recreation areas including Shasta Lake, the Trinity Alps, and Mount Shasta. It is also home to the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, the world's largest sundial.
83 Santa Barbara 90,412 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara mission CA1.jpg Santa Barbara is a popular tourist and resort coastal city, known for its downtown Moorish-Spanish style architecture, coastal weather, beautiful mountain backdrops, and numerous sandy beaches. The city's economy includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government.
84 San Marcos 89,387 San Diego SanMarcospan.jpg San Marcos is a suburb of San Diego and home of California State University, San Marcos.
85 Chico 88,077 Butte Bidwell Mansion 2006 11 IMGP0863.JPG Chico is the retail hub of the mid-Sacramento Valley and is home to institutions such as Bidwell Park, California State University Chico, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
86 San Leandro 87,965 Alameda San Leandro Marina 07830.JPG Historically a town with dozens of huge cherry farms and a Spanish missionary ranch, San Leandro today is a rapidly growing city of worldwide industries and a suburb of Oakland.
87 Newport Beach 87,273 Orange Newport Beach 2013 c Photo D Ramey Logan.jpg Newport Beach is an affluent coastal city in Orange County, known for its beaches and surfing. Newport Harbor is the largest recreational boat harbor on the West Coast.
88 Whittier 86,635 Los Angeles Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, Whittier.JPG Whittier is part of the Gateway Cities of Los Angeles County and is home to Whittier College.
89 Hawthorne 86,199 Los Angeles Beach Boys Landmark.jpg Hawthorne is a suburb of Los Angeles. It was the home of Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. Their boyhood home was demolished in the late 1980s during the construction of the Century Freeway, although it was honored by the dedication of the Beach Boys Historic Landmark (California Landmark 1041) in May 2005.
90 Citrus Heights 85,285 Sacramento Sunrise Mall - inside.jpg Citrus Heights is a suburb located northeast of Sacramento.
91 Livermore 85,156 Alameda LLNL Aerial View.jpg Located on the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay Area, Livermore is home of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Centennial Light. It is the largest city in the Tri-Valley area.
92 Tracy 84,691 San Joaquin 11th and Central Tracy California 14-May-2006.jpg Tracy is the second most populated city in San Joaquin County. The city experienced a growth spurt in the 1980s, becoming an exurb of the San Francisco Bay Area as more people looked for a more affordable alternative to Bay Area home prices and a less hectic lifestyle.
93 Alhambra 84,577 Los Angeles Alhambra, CA.jpg Alhambra is located in the western San Gabriel Valley region, east of downtown Los Angeles.
94 Indio 83,539 Riverside Indio is located in the Coachella Valley, 23 miles (37 km) east of Palm Springs.
95 Menifee 83,447 Riverside Menifee is a relatively new city, incorporated in 2008, which includes the communities of Sun City, Quail Valley, Paloma Valley and portions of Romoland in southwestern Riverside County.
96 Buena Park 82,882 Orange Buena Park, in northwestern Orange County, is home of Knott's Berry Farm and several other tourist attractions.
97 Hemet 81,750 Riverside Hemet City Hall.jpg Hemet, in the San Jacinto Valley, is the home of the Ramona Pageant, one of the longest running outdoor plays in the United States.
98 Lakewood 81,121 Los Angeles Lakewood ca city hall.jpg Lakewood is a planned, post-World War II community, which grew quickly from lima bean fields in 1950 to a well-developed city by 1960. It was the first contract city, contracting for all of its municipal services, leading to the phrase "Lakewood Plan".
99 Merced 81,102 Merced Bob Hart Square clock1.jpg Merced, in the San Joaquin Valley, is known as the "Gateway to Yosemite"; it is less than two hours by car from Yosemite National Park. The area is also home to the University of California, Merced.
100 Chino 80,988 San Bernardino Mama's--Chino, California.jpg Chino and its surroundings have long been a center of agriculture and dairy farming, serving the considerable demands for milk products in Southern California and much of the southwestern United States.

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