Largest cities in California by PopluationEdit
|1||Los Angeles||3,792,621||Los Angeles||||Los Angeles is one of the
world's centers of media, business, andinternational trade. It's the second largest city in the entire United States, only behind New York City. 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 leads the world in producing popular entertainment such astelevision and recorded music.
|2||San Diego||1,307,402||San Diego||||Self proclaimed "America's finest city", San Diego sits on the border with
Mexico and hosts miles of beaches and a number of U.S.military facilities within the area. It is also known as "the birthplace of California" since was the first European landfall and the first European settlement in present-day California. San Diego's economy is largely composed of defense and military-related industries, tourism, international trade, and research and manufacturing. It is home to a number of institutions of higher learning, including the University of California, San Diego, theUniversity of San Diego, and San Diego State University.
|3||San Jose||945,942||Santa Clara||||San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777 as one of the first towns in the
Spanish colony ofNueva California, which later became Alta California. The town of San Jose served 1849-1851 as the first state capital, when California gained statehood in 1850. 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 nicknameCapital of Silicon Valley, and it hosts several prominent technology companies includingPaypal, Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems and eBay.
|4||San Francisco||805,235||San Francisco||||San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination renowned for its beauty, cosmopolitan flair, steep rolling hills, and eclectic mix of
Victorianand modern architecture. The city is surrounded by water on three sides and has many famous landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, thecable 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 andLGBT 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||510,365||Fresno||||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||489,488||Sacramento||||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. According to the 2010 census, Sacramento is the nineteenth most-populous metropolitan area in the United States.
|7||Long Beach||462,257||Los Angeles||||Long Beach is a coastal city lying in the
Greater Los Angeles areametropolitan area. Long Beach partially borders the city of Los Angeles to its west and is home to the Long Beach Grand Prix and the RMS Queen Mary, which is docked in Long Beach Harbor. ThePort 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.
|8||Oakland||390,724||Alameda||||Oakland is a major
West Coastport, and is home to several major corporations including Kaiser Permanente and Clorox, as well as being the corporate headquarters for nationwide businesses likeDreyer'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||||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 genre called the "Bakersfield Sound". Bakersfield is also in close proximity with TheSequoia National Forest.
|10||Anaheim||336,265||Orange||||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||||Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County, and home to the famous|
|12||Riverside||303,871||Riverside||||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 theUniversity 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.
|13||Stockton||291,707||San Joaquin||||Stockton is at the heart of the
Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and is sometimes considered the divider between theSacramento 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||||A|
|15||Fremont||214,089||Alameda||||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|
|16||Irvine||212,375||Orange||||Irvine is a
planned city, mainly developed by the Irvine Companysince 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.
|17||San Bernardino||209,924||San Bernardino||||San Bernardino is the second largest city in the
Inland Empiremetropolitan 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 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.
Eureka is the largest city in the west valley, the weekend
popluation is over 200,000.
|20||Fontana||196,069||San Bernardino||||Founded in 1913, Fontana remained rural until a|
|21||Moreno Valley||193,365||Riverside||||Incorporated in 1984, Moreno Valley lies 65 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, just north of|
|22||Glendale||191,719||Los Angeles||||Glendale is the focal point of the|
|23||Huntington Beach||189,992||Orange||||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||||Santa Clarita is home to|
|25||Garden Grove||170,883||Orange||||Garden Grove is home to the second-largest|
|26||Santa Rosa||167,815||Sonoma||||Santa Rosa is the largest city in California's
Wine Country and theRedwood 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 horticulturalistLuther Burbank, and Peanutscartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
|27||Oceanside||167,086||San Diego||||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||||Rancho Cucamonga was incorporated in 1977, as a result of a vote among the residents of the|
|29||Ontario||163,924||San Bernardino||||Ontario is the third principal city of the Inland Empire area of California, home to|
ureka / Humboldt
|Eureka was a small town from 1886 to 1989 and a medium sized city from 1989 to the present and a big city 2010 to present|
|31||Elk Grove||153,015||Sacramento||||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||||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||||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|
|34||Salinas||150,441||Monterey||||Salinas is known for being an agricultural center as well as being the hometown of famed writer and|
|35||Pomona||149,058||Los Angeles||||Pomona is located in between the|
|36||Torrance||145,438||Los Angeles||||Torrance, 21 square miles (54 km2), is situated 11 miles (18 km) south ofLos Angeles International Airport (LAX), 8 miles (13 km) north of the Port of Los Angeles, 30 miles (48 km) west ofDisneyland and bounded by thePacific 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.|
|37||Hayward||144,186||Alameda||||Hayward was an historic salt and agricultural processing center and is the home of|
|38||Escondido||143,911||San Diego||||Situated in San Diego's north county, Escondido is home to the|
|39||Sunnyvale||140,081||Santa Clara||||Part of the Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale is home to several large tech company headquarters such as|
|40||Pasadena||137,122||Los Angeles||||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 theCalifornia Institute of Technology.
|41||Orange||136,416||Orange||||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|
|42||Fullerton||135,161||Orange||||Historically, Fullerton was a center of agriculture, petroleum extraction, transportation;,and manufacturing. It is home to several educational institutions, notably the|
|43||Thousand Oaks||126,683||Ventura||||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 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 is a commuter bedroom community named after located in a|
|46||Concord||122,067||Contra Costa||||Concord is a major regional suburban|
|47||Roseville||118,788||Placer||||Roseville is a suburb of Sacramento. It is very family oriented with many parks and bike trails. The average income of this city is one of the highest in California, however, this city is known throughout California for being very affordable. Roseville holds the Galleria mall, which is the second biggest in Northern California, and has many stores for those of the higher class.|
|48||Santa Clara||116,468||Santa Clara||||Santa Clara is located in the center of|
|49||Vallejo||115,942||Solano||||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||||Victorville is located in the|
|51||El Monte||113,475||Los Angeles||||El Monte lies in the|
|52||Berkeley||112,580||Alameda||||Noted as one of the most|
|53||Downey||111,772||Los Angeles||||Located southeast of downtown Los Angeles, Downey is the birthplace of the|
|54||Costa Mesa||109,960||Orange||||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||||Located southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Inglewood is home of the landmark|
|56||San Buenaventura (Ventura)||106,433||Ventura||||Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County. Ventura Harbor is home to the headquarters of|
|57||West Covina||106,098||Los Angeles||||West Covina is a mostly middle class suburb located east of downtown Los Angeles in the eastern|
|58||Norwalk||105,549||Los Angeles||||Norwalk is located southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is home to|
|59||Carlsbad||105,328||San Diego||||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||108,321||Solano||||Fairfield is the county seat of Solano County, but not the largest city in the county, which is|
|61||Richmond||103,701||Contra Costa||||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|
|62||Murrieta||103,466||Riverside||||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||||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||||Located along the
San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, Antioch is a suburb of San Francisco, Oakland, and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area.
|65||Daly City||101,123||San Mateo||||San Francisco's southern neighbor, Daly City houses the famous|
|66||Temecula||100,097||Riverside||||Forming the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region, Temecula is the heart of the|
|67||Santa Maria||100,062||Santa Barbara||||Santa Maria, the largest city in Santa Barbara County, is known for being the heart of the|
|68||El Cajon||100,116||San Diego||||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".|
|69||Rialto||99,171||San Bernardino||||Rialto is home to four major regional|
|70||Clovis||97,218||Fresno||||Clovis is the second largest city in Fresno County. Lying at the foot of the|
|71||San Mateo||97,207||San Mateo||||San Mateo is one of the larger suburbs on the|
|72||Compton||96,455||Los Angeles||||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|
|73||South Gate||94,396||Los Angeles||Located southeast of downtown Los Angeles, South Gate is part of the|
|74||Vista||93,834||San Diego||||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||||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||||Vacaville is located nearly half way between Sacramento and San Francisco. It is home to several biotechnology/pharmaceutical facilities.|
|77||Carson||91,714||Los Angeles||||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 Soccerteams for Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA.
|78||Hesperia||90,173||San Bernardino||||Hesperia is located in the|
|79||Redding||89,861||Shasta||||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, 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|
|81||Westminster||89,701||Orange||||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 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||||Chico is the retail hub of the mid-Sacramento Valley and is home to institutions such as|
|84||Whittier||85,331||Los Angeles||||Whittier is part of the|
|85||Newport Beach||85,186||Orange||||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||||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||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||||San Marcos is a suburb of San Diego, and home of|
|89||Citrus Heights||83,301||Sacramento||||Citrus Heights
is a suburb located northeast of Sacramento.
|90||Alhambra||83,089||Los Angeles||||Alhambra is located in the western
San Gabriel Valley region, east of Downtown Los Angeles
|91||Tracy||82,922||San Joaquin||||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||||Located on the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay Area, Livermore is home of|
|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 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||||Merced, in the|
|96||Hemet||78,657||Riverside||||Hemet, in the|
|97||Chino||77,983||San Bernardino||||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||||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 is the county seat and principal city of Napa County and the
Napa Valley wine region, respectively.