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Cities in California

California, the third largest state of the United States by area, comprises 482 municipalities. Sacramento is the capital of California. It became the first incorporated city of the state in 1850. With a population of 493,025 inhabitants, Sacramento is the 6th largest city in California, and the 35th largest in the country. Los Angeles is the largest city of California and is home to Hollywood, the biggest film industry in the world. Jurupa Valley is the most recent city and was incorporated on July 1, 2011. Vernon, which is home to just 112 people, is the smallest city by population. Amador City is the smallest by area covering 0.31 square miles. The total population in California, as per US Bureau estimate of 2018 is 39,557,045.
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From the hubbub of Hollywood to the natural grandeur of Yosemite,'The Golden State' is a treasure worth exploring. The state is split into 58 counties. While San Bernardino County is the largest county by area in the contiguous US, Los Angeles County is the most populous county. Sacramento is the state capital and California's fourth largest city.

The city of Los Angeles, kernel of the entertainment industry, is the second largest city in the US behind New York. The Getty Center, Griffith Park and Observatory, Hollywood Sign, Venice Beach Boardwalk, Sunset Boulevard, and Malibu Beach are popular places to visit in Los Angeles.

San Francisco, also known as “The City by the Bay,” is home to the emblematic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower, and the largest Chinatown in North America. Nicknamed “America's Finest City,” San Diego is the second largest city in the state. Located within the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose (also called “Capital of Silicon Valley”) is the largest city in Northern California. Fresno, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Modesto, and Pasadena are other major cities in California.

Getting In and Around


  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and San Diego International Airport (SAN) are the busiest airports in California.

  • Amtrak operates Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, California Zephyr, and Capitol Corridor through the state.

  • I-5, I-8, I-10, I-15, I-40, and I-80 are primary interstate highways in California. U.S. Route 101 and State Route 1 run along the most of the Pacific coastline of California.

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List of Cities in California

S.No.CityCountyPopulation estimate 2015
1Los AngelesLos Angeles39,71,883
2San DiegoSan Diego13,94,928
3San JoseSanta Clara10,26,908
4San FranciscoSan Francisco8,84,521
5FresnoFresno5,27,438
6SacramentoSacramento4,90,712
7Long BeachLos Angeles4,74,140
8OaklandAlameda4,17,870
9BakersfieldKern3,73,640
10AnaheimOrange3,50,742
11Santa AnaOrange3,34,909
12RiversideRiverside3,22,424
13StocktonSan Joaquin3,05,658
14Chula VistaSan Diego2,65,757
15IrvineOrange2,56,927
16FremontAlameda2,32,206
17San BernardinoSan Bernardino2,16,108
18ModestoStanislaus2,11,266
19FontanaSan Bernardino2,07,460
20OxnardVentura2,07,254
21Moreno ValleyRiverside2,04,198
22Huntington BeachOrange2,01,899
23GlendaleLos Angeles2,01,020
24Santa ClaritaLos Angeles1,82,371
25OceansideSan Diego1,75,691
26Garden GroveOrange1,75,393
27Rancho CucamongaSan Bernardino1,75,236
28Santa RosaSonoma1,75,155
29OntarioSan Bernardino1,71,214
30Elk GroveSacramento1,66,913
31CoronaRiverside1,64,226
32LancasterLos Angeles1,61,103
33PalmdaleLos Angeles1,58,351
34HaywardAlameda1,58,289
35SalinasMonterey1,57,380
36PomonaLos Angeles1,53,266
37SunnyvaleSanta Clara1,51,754
38EscondidoSan Diego1,51,451
39TorranceLos Angeles1,48,475
40PasadenaLos Angeles1,42,250
41OrangeOrange1,40,992
42FullertonOrange1,40,847
43RosevillePlacer1,30,269
44VisaliaTulare1,30,104
45Thousand OaksVentura1,29,339
46ConcordContra Costa1,28,667
47Simi ValleyVentura1,26,788
48Santa ClaraSanta Clara1,26,215
49VictorvilleSan Bernardino1,22,225
50VallejoSolano1,21,253
51BerkeleyAlameda1,20,972
52El MonteLos Angeles1,16,732
53DowneyLos Angeles1,14,219
54CarlsbadSan Diego1,13,453
55Costa MesaOrange1,13,204
56FairfieldSolano1,12,970
57TemeculaRiverside1,12,011
58InglewoodLos Angeles1,11,666
59AntiochContra Costa1,10,542
60MurrietaRiverside1,09,830
61RichmondContra Costa1,09,708
62VenturaVentura1,09,708
63West CovinaLos Angeles1,08,484
64NorwalkLos Angeles1,07,140
65Daly CitySan Mateo1,06,562
66BurbankLos Angeles1,05,319
67Santa MariaSanta Barbara1,05,093
68ClovisFresno1,04,180
69El CajonSan Diego1,03,679
70San MateoSan Mateo1,03,536
71RialtoSan Bernardino1,03,132
72VistaSan Diego1,00,890
73Jurupa ValleyRiverside1,00,314
74ComptonLos Angeles98,462
75Mission ViejoOrange97,156
76VacavilleSolano96,803
77South GateLos Angeles96,401
78HesperiaSan Bernardino93,295
79CarsonLos Angeles93,281
80Santa MonicaLos Angeles93,220
81San MarcosSan Diego92,931
82WestminsterOrange92,114
83Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara91,842
84ReddingShasta91,582
85San LeandroAlameda90,712
86ChicoButte90,316
87HawthorneLos Angeles88,451
88LivermoreAlameda88,126
89IndioRiverside87,533
90WhittierLos Angeles87,438
91MenifeeRiverside87,174
92Newport BeachOrange87,127
93TracySan Joaquin87,075
94Citrus HeightsSacramento87,056
95ChinoSan Bernardino85,595
96AlhambraLos Angeles85,551
97Redwood CitySan Mateo85,288
98HemetRiverside83,861
99Buena ParkOrange83,270
100Lake ForestOrange82,492

10 Largest Cities in California by Population

RankCityPopulationCounty
1Los AngelesLos Angeles39,71,883
2San DiegoSan Diego13,94,928
3San JoseSanta Clara10,26,908
4San FranciscoSan Francisco8,84,521
5FresnoFresno5,27,438
6SacramentoSacramento4,90,712
7Long BeachLos Angeles4,74,140
8OaklandAlameda4,17,870
9BakersfieldKern3,73,640
10AnaheimOrange3,50,742


Last Updated Date: January 7th, 2019