This is a list of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. State of California ranked by population, based on figures from the 2020 census provided 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.

City Population
County Image Description
1 Los Angeles 3,898,747 Los Angeles County LA Skyline Mountains2.jpg Los Angeles is the largest city in California and one of the largest cities in the Americas. Los Angeles is a global city and famed worldwide as home to the Hollywood film industry and for its influence in popular culture. LA is the largest economic hub on the West Coast and a global center for international trade and finance. Los Angeles is home to world famous institutions like UCLA, the Getty Center, and the Oscars, among numerous others.
2 San Diego 1,386,932 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 is California's second largest city and its southernmost major city. It is the hub of the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area, the largest transborder agglomeration in the Californias. Known as the "birthplace of California", San Diego is famous for its historical landmarks, such as Mission San Diego de Alcalá or Balboa Park. It is home to important institutions like San Diego State University, UC San Diego, Naval Base San Diego, and the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
3 San Jose 1,013,240 Santa Clara County Downtown SJ at Night cropped1.jpg San Jose is the largest city in Northern California. San Jose is known as a global hub for the high tech industry of Silicon Valley, for hosting the annual conferences, such as Facebook F8 and the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, and as home to organizations like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, San Jose State University, and the University of Silicon Valley.
4 San Francisco 873,965 San Francisco County San Francisco DSC09797.JPG San Francisco is a major economic, political, and cultural hub for Northern California, located in the Bay Area. One of the most visited cities in the world, it is famous for landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, or the Transamerica Pyramid. SF is known as a bastion for liberal politics and for its diverse communities like Chinatown, the Mission District, and The Castro. It is the second most densely populated major city in the country, after New York City.
5 Fresno 542,107 Fresno County Chukchansi Park in Fresno.jpg Fresno, located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, is the most populous city in Central California. Fresno is an important economic hub for one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. It is the closest major city to Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park, as well as the home of California State University, Fresno.
6 Sacramento 524,943 Sacramento County Sacramento skyline from the river (cropped).jpg Sacramento is the capital of California, as home to the Government of California. The city grew as an important hub for the California Gold Rush. The city is the center of the Sacramento Valley metropolitan area and the northernmost large city in California. Apart from government, Sacramento is home to notable institutions like the NBA's Sacramento Kings and California State University, Sacramento.
7 Long Beach 466,742 Los Angeles County Long beach3 (cropped).jpg Long Beach is a coastal city in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Port of Long Beach is one of the largest in the world. Long Beach is home to the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the RMS Queen Mary docked in Long Beach Harbor, and California State University, Long Beach, as well as the headquarters of the California State University System.
8 Oakland 440,646 Alameda County OAKLAND, CA, USA - Skyline and Bridge.JPG Oakland is the third-largest city in the Bay Area and one of the largest ports on the West Coast. It is the political, cultural, and economic hub of the East Bay and home to notable institutions like the Oakland Museum of California, the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Oakland Athletics, and the headquarters of Kaiser Permanente and Clorox, among others.
9 Bakersfield 403,455 Kern County BakersfieldSkyline.jpg Bakersfield is an important economic, political, and cultural hub for the southern San Joaquin Valley, as home to institutions like the California Living Museum, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and California State University, Bakersfield. Bakersfield is the origin of the Bakersfield sound genre of country music and in close proximity to the Sequoia National Forest.
10 Anaheim 346,824 Orange County Castle in bloom (2351687460).jpg Anaheim is the most populous city in Orange County and second-largest in terms of land area. It is known for Disneyland Resort, sports teams (such as the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), the Honda Center and the Anaheim Convention Center.
11 Stockton 320,804 San Joaquin County Hotel Stockton - Stockton, CA (cropped).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. With a sea port on the San Joaquin River, it is an important agricultural and shipping center. Stockton is the home of the University of the Pacific.
12 Riverside 314,998 Riverside County MissionInn SpanishWing.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 Santa Ana 310,227 Orange County Skyline at MacArthur Place - panoramio (cropped).jpg Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County and home to the famous Bowers Museum, MainPlace Mall, and Discovery Science Center.
14 Irvine 307,670 Orange County Downtown Irvine overhead (cropped).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.
15 Chula Vista 275,487 San Diego County ChulaVista Bayfront (cropped).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 230,504 Alameda County Aerial view of Fremont, California and Newark, California in 2021.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 in the East Bay. Fremont is home to the Tesla Factory, producing electric cars.
17 Santa Clarita 228,673 Los Angeles County Santa Clarita Valley.jpg Santa Clarita was incorporated in 1987 as the union of the unincorporated communities of Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia. The city is home to places of higher education such as California Institute of the Arts, The Master's University and College of the Canyons, and the corporate headquarters of Princess Cruises. Six Flags Magic Mountain lies immediately west of the city.
18 San Bernardino 222,101 San Bernardino County 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.
19 Modesto 218,464 Stanislaus County Hotel Covell NRHP 94001501 Stanislaus County, CA.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.
20 Moreno Valley 208,634 Riverside County View of Moreno Valley (cropped).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 Fontana 208,393 San Bernardino County 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.
22 Oxnard 202,063 Ventura County Channel islands Harbor Panorama (cropped).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 Huntington Beach 198,711 Orange County 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.
24 Glendale 196,543 Los Angeles County 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.
25 Santa Rosa 178,127 Sonoma County 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.
26 Elk Grove 176,124 Sacramento County Elk Grove Historic District - Sarah Stierch - 2.jpg Elk Grove was a sleepy suburb of Sacramento until the housing boom of the 1990s and 2000s. Between the decades, the population has increased from around 50,000 to more than 175,000 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.
27 Ontario 175,265 San Bernardino County City National Bank building portrait - Ontario, California (cropped).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.
28 Rancho Cucamonga 174,453 San Bernardino County Cucamonga Peak 122608.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.[2] The city was ranked #42 in 'Money's "Best Places to Live in America 2006".[3]
29 Oceanside 174,068 San Diego County Oceanside, CA USA - Mission San Luis Rey De Francia, 1798 - panoramio (cropped).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.
30 Lancaster 173,516 Los Angeles County 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]
31 Garden Grove 171,949 Orange County Crys-ext.jpg Garden Grove is home to the second-largest Vietnamese-American community, as well as the Crystal Cathedral.
32 Palmdale 169,450 Los Angeles County 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 Salinas 163,542 Monterey County Downtown Salinas.jpg Salinas is the most populous city in the Monterey Bay Area, in the northern part of the Central Coast. It is an agricultural center and the hometown of famed writer and Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck.
34 Hayward 162,954 Alameda County Downtownhaywardcitycenter.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.
35 Corona 157,136 Riverside County 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 primarily residential and commercial, 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).
36 Sunnyvale 155,805 Santa Clara County Svalecenter2.jpg Part of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale is home to several large tech company headquarters such as AMD and Yahoo!.
37 Pomona 151,713 Los Angeles County L.A. County Fair at Dusk (cropped).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. It is home to the second-largest polytechnic university in the United States, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
38 Escondido 151,038 San Diego County Dixon lake January 2020 (cropped).jpg Escondido is situated in San Diego's North County region, bordering the cities of San Diego and San Marcos.
39 Roseville 147,773 Placer County Roseville, CA 391 - panoramio (cropped).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 at Roseville and the Westfield Galleria at Roseville (one of the biggest malls in northern California), and more.
40 Torrance 147,067 Los Angeles County Torranceca.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.[4]
41 Fullerton 143,617 Orange County ChapmanBuilding01 (cropped).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.
42 Visalia 141,384 Tulare County Visalia Tranist Center 2011 (cropped).jpg Visalia, located at the gateway to the Sequoia National Park, is the oldest city between Stockton and Los Angeles.
43 Orange 139,911 Orange County Starbucks at Wells Fargo building, Plaza, 101 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, California.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.
44 Pasadena 138,699 Los Angeles County Pasadena City Hall David Wakely (cropped).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.
45 Victorville 134,810 San Bernardino County Spring Valley Lake, Victor Valley, California.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.
46 Santa Clara 127,647 Santa Clara County Nobili Hall 1530.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.
47 Thousand Oaks 126,966 Ventura County Conejo Grade in Thousand Oaks (cropped).jpg Thousand Oaks is the largest city in the Conejo Valley and an important economic hub for Ventura County. The city was built as a master-planned community with balance of housing, shopping, businesses, and higher education, all surrounded by thousands of acres of open space. It is home to California Lutheran University. Thousand Oaks has consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in America.[5]
48 Simi Valley 126,356 Ventura County 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 Vallejo 126,090 Solano County Napa River in Vallejo.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.
50 Concord 125,410 Contra Costa County Todos Santos Plaza (Concord, California) Dec 2009.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.
51 Berkeley 124,321 Alameda County Berkeley cityscape at sunrise (cropped).jpg Noted as one of the most politically liberal cities in the nation, Berkeley is home to the University of California, Berkeley, the oldest campus of the University of California system.
52 Clovis 120,124 Fresno County SJCL Building 007.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".
53 Fairfield 119,881 Solano County Old Solano Courthouse.png 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.
54 Richmond 116,448 Contra Costa County Richmond California aerial view with bridge.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.
55 Antioch 115,291 Contra Costa County Antioch aerial view, August 2018 (cropped).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.
56 Carlsbad 114,746 San Diego County Army and Navy Academy Carlsbad 2021 - 2 (cropped).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.
57 Downey 114,355 Los Angeles County Downey City Hall (cropped).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.
58 Costa Mesa 111,918 Orange County Costa Mesa 01 Photo D Ramey Logan.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 Murrieta 110,949 Riverside County Murrieta-kalmia.jpg Murrieta has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the Inland Empire. It is largely a bedroom community, with many of its residents commuting to jobs in the neighboring city of Temecula as well as San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.
60 Ventura 110,763 Ventura County 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.
61 Temecula 110,003 Riverside County Temecula City Hall.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.
62 Santa Maria 109,707 Santa Barbara County City Hall, angle 3, Broadway & Cook Street, Santa Maria, California LCCN2017703124 (cropped).tif Santa Maria, the largest city in Santa Barbara County, is in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley wine region and is known for its Santa Maria Style Barbecue. Allan Hancock College and St. Joseph High School are in the city.
63 West Covina 109,501 Los Angeles County West Covina 04 - panoramio.jpg West Covina is a mostly middle-class suburb located east of downtown Los Angeles in the eastern San Gabriel Valley.
64 El Monte 109,450 Los Angeles County El Monte Station cycle park.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.
65 Inglewood 107,762 Los Angeles County Church of Scientology Inglewood Community Center.jpg Located southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Inglewood is home to the world-famous The Forum arena, landmark Randy's Donuts and SoFi Stadium, home of the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
66 Burbank 107,337 Los Angeles County Burbank widok.JPG Burbank is nicknamed the "Media Capital of the World"[6] for being the home of many media and entertainment production companies, including Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Music Group, NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, Cartoon Network Studios, and Nickelodeon.
67 El Cajon 106,215 San Diego County El Cajon, California (15656405045) (cropped).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".[7]
68 San Mateo 105,661 San Mateo County MCB-san-mateo-aerial.jpg San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, about 20 miles south of San Francisco. San Mateo has one of the better-developed suburban downtowns in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to over 800 shops and restaurants. The economy of San Mateo is very diverse with jobs in the tech, healthcare, financial, government, and retail fields. Companies based in San Mateo include Sony Interactive Entertainment, NetSuite, Franklin Templeton Investments, Fisher Investments, Solstice, Guidewire Software, Coupa, Snowflake Inc., Roblox Corporation, Marketo, SurveyMonkey, Devsisters USA, and GoPro.
69 Jurupa Valley 105,053 Riverside County Mount Jurupa.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.
70 Daly City 104,901 San Mateo County View from Bayview Park - February 2018 (6731).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.
71 Rialto 104,026 San Bernardino County 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.
72 Norwalk 102,773 Los Angeles County Cerritos College Cerritos CA.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.
73 Menifee 102,527 Riverside County San jacinto 3 from menifee (cropped).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.
74 Vacaville 102,386 Solano County Vacaville, California, USA.jpg Vacaville is located nearly halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco. It is home to several biotechnology/pharmaceutical facilities.
75 Chico 101,475 Butte County 201 Broadway Street - Chico, California - DSC03037.JPG Chico is the largest city north of Sacramento and the retail hub of the mid-Sacramento Valley. It is home to Bidwell Park, California State University Chico, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
76 Hesperia 99,818 San Bernardino County Wildflowers, Silverwood Lake, CA 2015 (27058803594).jpg Hesperia is located in the High Desert region of the Mojave Desert, 25 miles (40 km) north of San Bernardino.
77 Vista 98,381 San Diego County 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.
78 Compton 95,740 Los Angeles County 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 Carson 95,558 Los Angeles County Leo F. Cain Library (cropped).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.
80 San Marcos 94,833 San Diego County 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. The Lake San Marcos resort community is surrounded by the city of San Marcos.
81 Mission Viejo 93,653 Orange County Snow at Lake Mission Viejo 005 (cropped).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, as well as a shopping mall known as The Shops at Mission Viejo.
82 Redding 93,611 Shasta County Sundial Bridge - Redding, California (8786121883).jpg 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.
83 Santa Monica 93,076 Los Angeles County Santa Monica Beach with pier 4 (cropped).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 and the headquarters of the RAND Corporation.
84 Tracy 93,000 San Joaquin County Tracy Transit Center 2290 01 (cropped).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.
85 South Gate 92,726 Los Angeles County Lucky south gate.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.[8]
86 Chino 91,403 San Bernardino County Chino Airport Aerial View.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.
87 San Leandro 91,008 Alameda County Aerial view of San Leandro Marina and golf course.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.
88 Westminster 90,911 Orange County Phuoc Loc Tho Tet 2008.jpg Westminster is known for its Vietnamese American community, one of the largest in the United States.
89 Hemet 89,833 Riverside County Harvard District - Downtown Hemet.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.
90 Indio 89,137 Riverside County 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.
91 Santa Barbara 88,665 Santa Barbara County Mission Santa Barbara - Flickr - brewbooks (cropped).jpg Santa Barbara is a popular tourist and resort coastal city, known for its Spanish style architecture, coastal weather, beautiful mountain backdrops, and numerous sandy beaches. The University of California, Santa Barbara campus sits adjacent to Isla Vista and the Pacific Ocean.
92 Hawthorne 88,083 Los Angeles County Freeway 405 & 105 (8728394685).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.
93 Livermore 87,955 Alameda County Downtown Livermore (cropped).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.
94 Citrus Heights 87,583 Sacramento County Northwoods Park, Citrus Heights, CA - panoramio (cropped).jpg Citrus Heights is a suburb located northeast of Sacramento.
95 Whittier 87,306 Los Angeles County Greenleaf Street in Whittier California.jpg Whittier is part of the Gateway Cities of Los Angeles County and is home to Whittier College.
96 Merced 86,333 Merced County Merced Theatre.JPG Merced, known as the "Gateway to Yosemite", is located in Central California. The University of California, Merced campus is located northeast of the city.
97 Lake Forest 85,858 Orange County 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.
98 Newport Beach 85,239 Orange County 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 San Ramon 84,605 Contra Costa County 2600 Bishop Ranch.jpg San Ramon is a city located in the San Ramon Valley, 34 miles (55 km) east of San Francisco. It is home to several company headquarters such as Chevron, The Cooper Companies, 24 Hour Fitness, the West Coast headquarters of AT&T, and GE Digital.
100 Redwood City 84,292 San Mateo County Redwoodcitypanorama.jpg Redwood City, the county seat of San Mateo County, is a technology center and deepwater port located on the San Francisco Peninsula.


See also


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