List of largest California cities by population

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This is a list of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. State of California ranked by population, based on estimates for July 1, 2019 by the United States Census Bureau.[1]

Note: The population figures are for the incorporated areas of the listed cities, as opposed to metropolitan areas, urban areas, or counties. Also, the United States Census Bureau and the California Department of Finance use different methods for estimating population, so state estimates will differ from those given here.

2019 Rank[1] City Population
(2019 est.)[1]
County Image Description
1 Los Angeles 3,979,576 Los Angeles Echo Park Lake with Downtown Los Angeles Skyline.jpg Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of media, business, and international trade. 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) leads the world in producing entertainment such as motion pictures, television, and recorded music. It is also home to the Wilshire Grand Center, California's tallest building, standing at 1,100 feet tall.
2 San Diego 1,423,851 San Diego County US Navy 110604-N-NS602-574 Navy and Marine Corps personnel, along with community leaders from the greater San Diego area come together to commemora.jpg San Diego sits in the southwest corner of California, bordering Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. 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. 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 San Diego State University, the University of California, San Diego, the University of San Diego, the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, the headquarters and main campus of National University and Point Loma Nazarene University.
3 San Jose 1,021,795 Santa Clara County Downtown SJ at Night cropped1.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 Adobe Systems and Cisco Systems. San Jose is home to the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks in addition to Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes, as well as San Jose State University.
4 San Francisco 881,549 San Francisco County San Francisco DSC09797.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, Palace of Fine Arts, 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. San Francisco is also home to the largest social media, technology, and biotech industries in the world. The city is also ranked the most expensive city in the United States and stands third in the world. It is home to California's second tallest building, the Salesforce Tower, standing at 1,070 feet tall.
5 Fresno 542,012 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. It is the home of California State University, Fresno. Fresno is also noted for its large Hmong and Armenian-American communities. Fresno is also the most populous city of Central California
6 Sacramento 513,624 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. Sacramento is home to the National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings. California State University, Sacramento is situated in the city.
7 Long Beach 462,628 Los Angeles Long Beach California-02.jpg Long Beach is a coastal city in the Greater Los Angeles 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 433,031 Alameda OaklandnightskylineandLakeMerritt.jpg Oakland is a major West Coast port and is home to several major corporations, including Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California 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 Oakland Zoo, the Chabot Space and Science Center, Lake Merritt, the East Bay Regional Park District ridge line parks and preserves, and Chinatown. Oakland is also the home of Major League Baseball's Oakland A's, and formerly the home of the National Basketball Association's Golden State Warriors, and the National Football League's Oakland Raiders.
9 Bakersfield 384,145 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," and the heavy metal band Korn, including country music stars Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Attractions include the Bakersfield Museum of Art, the California Living Museum the Kern River County Park, and the Buck Owens Crystal Palace. Sport teams include the Bakersfield Condors who play for the AHL, and the Bakersfield Train Robbers professional baseball team. Bakersfield is also in close proximity to the Sequoia National Forest. Bakersfield has its own California State University campus, California State University, Bakersfield.
10 Anaheim 350,365 Orange Starbucks at Wells Fargo building, Plaza, 101 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, California.jpg Anaheim is the most populous city in Orange County and second largest in terms of land area; it is known for the location of the Disneyland Resort, sports teams (such as the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), the Honda Center and the Anaheim Convention Center.
11 Santa Ana 332,318 Orange SCM Skyline.jpg Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County and home to the famous Bowers Museum, and Discovery Science Center.

(Note: Photo shown is of South Coast arts district located in nearby Costa Mesa. Santa Ana is located approximately 1/2 mile north of buildings in photo.)

12 Riverside 331,360 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 312,697 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. Stockton is the home of the University of the Pacific.
14 Irvine 287,401 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.
15 Chula Vista 274,492 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. It is the second largest city in California not near a river (San Francisco is the first).
16 Fremont 241,110 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. Fremont is home to the Tesla Factory, producing electric cars.
17 San Bernardino 215,784 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 215,196 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 Fontana 214,547 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.
20 Moreno Valley 213,055 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.
21 Santa Clarita 212,979 Los Angeles 2000 0820 TowncenterDrive2.jpg Six Flags Magic Mountain is just outside Santa Clarita. The city was incorporated in 1987 as the union of several unincorporated communities, including Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia.
22 Oxnard 208,881 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.
23 Glendale 199,303 Los Angeles Glendale California From Forest Lawn.jpg Glendale is the focal point of the Verdugo Mountains subregion and is home to a large Armenian-American community. Glendale is home to two large shopping centers: the Americana at Brand and the Glendale Galleria.
24 Huntington Beach 199,223 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.
25 Ontario 185,010 San Bernardino Ontario City Library05apr2006.jpg Ontario is a principal city of the Inland Empire area of California, home to Ontario International Airport and the region's largest shopping mall, Ontario Mills. It is also home to Toyota Arena, the largest indoor arena in the Inland Empire.
26 Rancho Cucamonga 177,603 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]
27 Santa Rosa 176,753 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 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 Oceanside 175,742 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.
29 Elk Grove 174,775 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.
30 Garden Grove 171,644 Orange Crystal Cathedral with Spire.jpg Garden Grove is home to the second-largest Vietnamese-American community, as well as the Crystal Cathedral.
31 Corona 169,868 Riverside CoronaCA.jpg Corona, located in the western part of Southern California's Inland Empire, is known as the "Circle City" due to Grand Boulevard's 3-mile (5 km) circular layout. It is one of the most 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, Monster Beverage Corporation, Watson Pharmaceuticals, and West Coast Customs (featured on MTV's Pimp My Ride).
32 Hayward 159,203 Alameda HaywardCityHall.jpg Hayward was an historic salt and agricultural processing center. Sea salt brands produced in Hayward were Oliver Brothers and Leslie Salt. In food processing, Hunt Brothers' Cannery (later Hunt-Wesson Foods) produced canned and bottled tomato products, as well as canned peaches, apricots, and fruit cocktail. Since 1957, it has been the home of California State University, East Bay.
33 Lancaster 157,601 Los Angeles Sunset over Lancaster CA.jpg Lancaster started as a stop on the Union Pacific Railroad, and has grown into the fifth-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]
34 Salinas 155,465 Monterey Downtown Salinas.jpg Salinas is an agricultural center and the hometown of famed writer and Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck.
35 Palmdale 155,079 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.
36 Sunnyvale 152,703 Santa Clara Murphystreetsunnyvale.jpg Part of the Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale is home to several large tech company headquarters such as AMD and Yahoo!.
37 Pomona 151,691 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. It is home to the second largest polytechnic university in the United States, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
38 Escondido 151,625 San Diego Grand01.jpg Situated in San Diego's North County region, Escondido is home to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
39 Torrance 143,592 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.[6]
40 Roseville 141,500 Placer Roseville - City Civic Center.jpg Roseville is a suburb of Sacramento. It is very family oriented with many parks, bike trails, and water parks, and in 2006 it 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.
41 Pasadena 141,029 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 Orange 138,669 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.
43 Fullerton 138,632 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.
44 Visalia 134,605 Tulare Visalia Acequia Ave..JPG Visalia is the oldest city between Stockton and Los Angeles.
45 Santa Clara 130,365 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, and to Levi's Stadium, a football stadium that currently serves as the home of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers.
46 Concord 129,295 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 Thousand Oaks 126,813 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 and the economic power house of Ventura County, California. The city is rich in natural beauty, as well as a long and storied history serving as a filming location for hundreds of film and televisions productions as early as the 1920s, especially on the historic MGM Studio Ranch that was once part of the city. What would become Thousand Oaks was purchased by The Janss Investment Company in the early 20th century, and became the largest master planned community in their portfolio. Planned as a "total community" with a balance of housing, shopping, businesses, and higher education, all surrounded by thousands of acres of open space. It's home to California Lutheran University, one of the top ranked universities on the west coast. Corporations such as biotech giant Amgen,[7] Teledyne Technologies,[8] SAGE Publications,[9] and Skyworks Solutions have corporate headquarters in the city. Several other technology and automotive companies have west coast offices in the city as well. For decades Thousand Oaks has been ranked as one of the safest cities in America, according to consistent FBI reporting.[10]

48 Simi Valley 125,613 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.
49 Victorville 122,385 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.
50 Vallejo 121,692 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 121,363 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 campus of the University of California system.
52 Fairfield 117,133 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.
53 Murrieta 116,223 Riverside Murrieta01.JPG Formerly a small unincorporated town in the Inland Empire, Murrieta has become one of the fastest growing cities in the state. It is largely a commuter town, with many of its residents commuting to jobs in San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, and the neighboring city of Temecula.
54 El Monte 115,487 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.
55 Carlsbad 115,382 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. It is the home of the Legoland California theme park.
56 Temecula 114,761 Riverside Old Town Temecula.jpg Forming the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region, Temecula is home to the Pechanga Resort & Casino and the Temecula Valley wine region, featuring more than 40 wineries.
57 Clovis 114,584 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".
58 Costa Mesa 113,003 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. Costa Mesa is home to South Coast Plaza, one of the largest shopping malls in the United States.
59 Antioch 111,502 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.
60 Downey 111,126 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.
61 Richmond 110,567 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.
62 Jurupa Valley 109,527 Riverside Jurupa Valley as seen from Mt. Rubidoux, 2013 .jpg Jurupa Valley, California's newest city to date, was incorporated July 1, 2011, formed from several unincorporated communities including Mira Loma, Glen Avon, Pedley, Rubidoux, and Sunnyslope.
63 Ventura 109,106 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.
64 Inglewood 108,151 Los Angeles 2008-0914-RandysDonuts.jpg Located southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Inglewood is home to the world-famous The Forum arena, landmark Randy's Donuts and the future SoFi Stadium, home of the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
65 Santa Maria 107,263 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.
66 Daly City 106,280 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.
67 West Covina 105,101 Los Angeles Wcovina.jpg West Covina is a mostly middle-class suburb located east of downtown Los Angeles in the eastern San Gabriel Valley.
68 San Mateo 104,430 San Mateo MCB-san-mateo-aerial.jpg San Mateo is one of the larger suburbs on the San Francisco Peninsula.
69 Norwalk 103,949 Los Angeles Norwalk Transit Bus and Bee.jpg Norwalk is a Gateway City located southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Norwalk is the home of Cerritos College and the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder.
70 Rialto 103,526 San Bernardino 1907 First Christian Church.jpg Rialto is home to three major regional distribution centers: Staples, Inc., which serves stores across the entire West Coast of the United States, FedEx, and Target.
71 Chico 103,301 Butte Bidwell Mansion 2006 11 IMGP0863.JPG Chico is the largest city north of Sacramento and 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.
72 El Cajon 102,708 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".[11]
73 Burbank 102,511 Los Angeles Burbankeast.jpg Burbank is nicknamed the "Media Capital of the World"[12] 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.
74 Vista 101,638 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 Vacaville 100,670 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.
76 San Marcos 96,664 San Diego SanMarcospan.jpg San Marcos is a North County suburb of San Diego and home of the two-year Palomar College and the four-year California State University, San Marcos.
77 Hesperia 95,750 San Bernardino HesperiaCA.JPG Hesperia is located in the High Desert region of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles (24 km) north of San Bernardino.
78 Compton 95,605 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.
79 Menifee 94,754 Riverside San jacinto 3 from menifee.jpg Menifee, located in southwestern Riverside County, incorporated in 2008. It is largely residential in character and includes the communities of Sun City, Quail Valley, Paloma Valley, and portions of Romoland.
80 Tracy 94,740 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.
81 Mission Viejo 94,381 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.
82 Chino 94,371 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.
83 South Gate 93,444 Los Angeles Hoot Owl Cafe South Gate Calif.jpg 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.[13]
84 Redding 92,590 Shasta Sundialbridge1.png Located on the banks of the Sacramento River, Redding is the second largest city in California north of Sacramento having been surpassed by Chico. 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.
85 Indio 91,765 Riverside Coachella 2013 Do Lab and Helix Poeticus.jpg Indio is located in the Coachella Valley region of the Sonoran Desert, 23 miles (37 km) east of Palm Springs and 134 miles (216 km) east of Los Angeles. Indio and its surrounding communities are regarded as a major agricultural center for Southern California and is the home of the world-renowned Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
86 Carson 91,394 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 Dignity Health Sports Park sports complex, housing one of the two Major League Soccer teams for Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the National Football League's Los Angeles Chargers.
87 Santa Barbara 91,364 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. The University of California, Santa Barbara campus sits adjacent to Isla Vista and the Pacific Ocean.
88 Westminster 90,643 Orange Asian Garden Little Saigon.jpg Westminster is known for its Vietnamese American community, one of the largest in the United States.
89 Santa Monica 90,401 Los Angeles Santa Monica State Beach P4060277.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.
90 Livermore 90,189 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.
91 San Leandro 88,815 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.
92 Citrus Heights 87,796 Sacramento Sunrise Mall - inside.jpg Citrus Heights is a suburb located northeast of Sacramento.
93 Hawthorne 86,068 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.
94 Redwood City 85,925 San Mateo Redwoodcitypanorama.jpg Redwood City, the county seat of San Mateo County, is a technology center and deepwater port located on the San Francisco Peninsula.
95 Lake Forest 85,531 Orange Lake Forest and Laguna Hills Photo D Ramey Logan.jpg Lake Forest, in inland Orange County, is primarily suburban in character. The community of Foothill Ranch is located in Lake Forest.
96 Hemet 85,334 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. Hemet is also the home of the Western Science Center, the Hemet-Ryan Airport, and the Diamond Valley Reservoir.
97 Whittier 85,098 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.
98 Newport Beach 84,534 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.
99 Milpitas 84,196 Santa Clara Summer Solstice Silicon Valley Panorama.jpg Milpitas is situated in the extreme north of Santa Clara County, with San Jose to the south and Fremont to the north. Like most other cities located in the Silicon Valley, Milpitas is home to many corporations such as SonicWall, Maxtor, and Intersil. Milpitas is currently one of the fastest-growing cities in the region.
100 Chino Hills 83,853 San Bernardino Chino-hills-skyline.jpg Chino Hills, located in the extreme southwestern corner of San Bernardino County, is home to the Boys Republic institution, the community of Los Serranos, and The Shoppes at Chino Hills, featuring more than 65 stores and restaurants.

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