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 the reported results of the 2010 United States Census.[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.

Note #2: Jurupa Valley was incorporated on July 1, 2011, after the 2010 Census and thus currently omitted from this list. With an approximate population of 94,235, it would be in the 74th position.

Rank City Population County Image Description
1 Los Angeles 3,792,621 Los Angeles LA Skyline Mountains2.jpg Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of media, business, and international trade. It's 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 1,307,402 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 also 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 945,942 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 some 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 805,235 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 494,665 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 Long Beach 468,257 Los Angeles LongBeachskyline.jpg Long Beach is a coastal city by the Pacific Ocean lying in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. Long Beach partially borders the city of Los Angeles to its west and is home to the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix, the US Naval Battleship (USS Iowa BB-61) the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy, and the RMS Queen Mary, are both docked in Long Beach Harbor. It was previously home to US Naval Station Long Beach, homeport to the USS New Jersey(BB-62), Douglas Aircraft Company (later McDonnell Douglas and now part of Boeing) had plants around the Long Beach Airport where they built aircraft for World War II, and later built DC-8, 9, 10s, and MD-11s. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter is bulit in its plant in Long Beach. TABC, Inc., of Toyota, makes a variety of car parts, including steering columns and catalytic converters, in Long Beach.

The Port of Long Beach is the sixth largest shipping port in the world. 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, Pioneer Electronics, 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 also in Long Beach, California. Its second largest campus of the 23 school California State University system, the CSULB is in Long Beach. The only Southern California Jazz Festival is annually held here.

7 Sacramento 466,488 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 central valley. According to the 2010 census, Sacramento is the nineteenth most-populous metropolitan area in the United States.
8 Oakland 390,724 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 347,483 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 336,265 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 324,528 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 303,871 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 the two historic landmark hotels in California. The Mission Inn Festival of Lights is said to be the 3rd largest Christmas lights display in the nation.[citation needed]
13 Stockton 291,707 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 243,916 San Diego ChulaVista Bayfront.jpg A South Bay suburban city of San Diego, Chula Vista is just seven miles (11 km) from the Mexican border. One of the most economically and culturally diverse cities in Southern California.
15 Fremont 214,089 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.
16 Irvine 212,375 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, for low crime by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Census Bureau ranks Irvine highly in median income.
17 San Bernardino 209,924 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 201,165 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 197,899 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 196,069 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 193,365 Riverside Moreno Valley-Ironwood view.jpg Incorporated in 1984, Moreno Valley lies 65 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, just north of Lake Perris. The city is also home to the March Air Reserve Base.
22 Glendale 191,719 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.
23 Huntington Beach 189,992 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. It often hosts surfing contests.
24 Santa Clarita 176,320 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 170,883 Orange Crystal Cathedral with Spire.jpg Garden Grove is home to the second-largest Vietnamese American community, as well as the Crystal Cathedral.
26 Santa Rosa 167,815 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 also 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.
27 Oceanside 167,086 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.
28 Rancho Cucamonga 165,269 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 163,924 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 Lancaster 156,663 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]
31 Elk Grove 153,015 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. in fact, the city was rated the fasted 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.
32 Palmdale 152,750 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.
33 Corona 152,374 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 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 known also to be the headquarters of well-known companies such as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Hansen Natural Corporation, Watson Pharmaceuticals, and West Coast Customs (featured on MTV's Pimp My Ride).
34 Salinas 150,441 Monterey Downtown Salinas.jpg Salinas is known for being an agricultural center as well as being the hometown of famed writer and Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck.
35 Pomona 149,058 Los Angeles Pomona..cityhall.jpg Pomona is located in 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.
36 Torrance 145,438 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 and the 36th largest city in California. Torrance averages 12.55 inches of rainfall per year.[6]
37 Hayward 144,186 Alameda HaywardCityHall.jpg Hayward was an historic salt and agricultural processing center and is the home of California State University, East Bay.
38 Escondido 143,911 San Diego Grand01.jpg Situated in San Diego's north county, Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
39 Sunnyvale 140,081 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.
40 Pasadena 137,122 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 also the home to many scientific and cultural institutions such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Institute of Technology.
41 Orange 136,416 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 also the home of Chapman University.
42 Fullerton 135,161 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 126,683 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 124,442 Tulare Visalia Acequia Ave..JPG Visalia is the oldest city between Stockton and Los Angeles. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in California.
45 Simi Valley 124,327 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.
46 Concord 122,067 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.
47 Roseville 118,788 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.
48 Santa Clara 116,468 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.
49 Vallejo 115,942 Solano Vallejo Ferry Terminal.jpg Vallejo was home of the Mare Island U.S. Naval Shipyard, one of the most important naval shipyards in the country, from the 1850s until its closure in the 1990s. It was also very briefly the capital of California in 1852. It is the largest city in Solano County, and the home of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
50 Victorville 115,903 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.
51 El Monte 113,475 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 dealership in the world.
52 Berkeley 112,580 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.
53 Downey 111,772 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 109,960 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 109,673 Los Angeles 2008-0914-RandysDonuts.jpg Located southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Inglewood is home of the landmark Randy's Donuts and the The Forum (Inglewood) arena.
56 San Buenaventura (Ventura) 106,433 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.
57 West Covina 106,098 Los Angeles Wcovina.jpg West Covina is a mostly middle class suburb located east of downtown Los Angeles in the eastern San Gabriel Valley.
58 Norwalk 105,549 Los Angeles Norwalk Transit Bus and Bee.jpg Norwalk is located southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is home to Cerritos College.
59 Carlsbad 105,328 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.
60 Fairfield 105,321 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.
61 Richmond 103,701 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 the site of the Chevron Richmond Refinery.
62 Murrieta 103,466 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.
63 Burbank 103,340 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.
64 Antioch 102,372 Contra Costa Elcampanilthratre.jpg Located along the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, 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's located close enough to the Sacramento Metropolitan area that it can be seen to serve as a suburb of both Sacramento, and the SF Bay Area.
65 Daly City 101,123 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 Temecula 100,097 Riverside Old Town Temecula.jpg Forming the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region, Temecula is the heart of the Temecula Valley wine region.
67 Santa Maria 99,553 Santa Barbara Foxen.jpg Santa Maria, the largest city in Santa Barbara County, is known for being the heart of the Santa Maria Valley wine region, their famous Santa Maria Style Barbecue, Allan Hancock College, and St. Joseph High School (Santa Maria, California).
68 El Cajon 99,478 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 99,171 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 97,207 San Mateo MCB-san-mateo-aerial.jpg San Mateo is one of the larger suburbs on the San Francisco Peninsula.
71 Compton 96,455 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.
72 Clovis 95,631 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 "Gateway to the Sierras".
73 South Gate 94,396 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]
74 Vista 93,834 San Diego View of South Santa Fe.jpg Vista is located just seven miles 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 93,305 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 Vacaville 92,428 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.
77 Carson 91,714 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 Home Depot Center, housing both of the Major League Soccer teams for Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA.
78 Hesperia 90,173 San Bernardino HesperiaCA.JPG Hesperia is located in the High Desert region of the Mojave Desert 15 miles (24 km) north of San Bernardino.
79 Redding 89,861 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, which is also the world's largest sundial.
80 Santa Monica 89,736 Los Angeles Santa monica beach dehk.jpg Santa Monica, a famed, resort 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.
81 Westminster 89,701 Orange Asian Garden Little Saigon.jpg Westminster is known for its Vietnamese American community, one of the largest in the United States.
82 Santa Barbara 88,410 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 also includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government.
83 Chico 86,187 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.
84 Whittier 85,331 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.
85 Newport Beach 85,186 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.
86 San Leandro 84,950 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 Hawthorne 84,293 Los Angeles Beach Boys Landmark.jpg Hawthorne is a suburb of Los Angeles. It is known as 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.
88 San Marcos 83,781 San Diego SanMarcospan.jpg San Marcos is a suburb of San Diego, and home of California State University, San Marcos.
89 Citrus Heights 83,301 Sacramento Sunrise Mall - inside.jpg Citrus Heights is a suburb located northeast of Sacramento.
90 Alhambra 83,089 Los Angeles Alhambra, CA.jpg Alhambra is located in the western San Gabriel Valley region, east of Downtown Los Angeles
91 Tracy 82,922 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.
92 Livermore 80,968 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.
93 Buena Park 80,530 Orange Buena Park, in northwestern Orange County, is home of Knott's Berry Farm and several other tourist attractions.
94 Lakewood 80,048 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".
95 Merced 78,958 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 University of California, Merced.
96 Hemet 78,657 Riverside Hemet City Hall.jpg Hemet, in the San Jacinto Valley, is known as the home of The Ramona Pageant, one of the longest running outdoor plays in the United States.
97 Chino 77,983 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.
98 Menifee 77,519 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.
99 Lake Forest 77,264 Orange LakeForestCA photo D Ramey Logan.jpg Lake Forest is a suburb in Orange County. The city's name comes from its two man-made lakes, where condominiums and custom homes line its shores; and the Eucalyptus tree forest in the vicinity that use to be part of a lumber operation in the early 20th Century.
100 Napa 76,915 Napa Napa River floodwall USACE.JPG Napa is the county seat and principal city of Napa County and the Napa Valley wine region, respectively.


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