List of Largest Cities in California

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  • Post last modified:October 9, 2021

California is a state on the west coast of the United States with a total population of 38 million people and the third-largest state by size (423,970 km2). California has hundreds of cities and municipalities. Los Angeles is the biggest city in California by population (3.8 million) and size (1,213 km2), with a population density of 3,124 persons per square km. San Diego and San Jose are the second and third-largest cities, with 1.4 million and 1 million residents, respectively. Sacramento is the state capital of California and the sixth most populous city in the state, with 500,000 residents and a population density of 1,839 people per square mile. Santa Ana has the greatest population density, with 4,618 people per square kilometer.

RankNamePopulationArea (km²)Density
( inhabitants/km²)
County 
1Los Angeles3,884,3071,2133,124Los Angeles
2San Diego1,355,8968421,545San Diego
3San Jose998,5374572,083Santa Clara
4San Francisco837,4421216,630San Francisco
5Fresno509,9242931,691Fresno
6Sacramento479,6862531,839Sacramento
7Long Beach469,4281303,548Los Angeles
8Oakland406,2531442,700Oakland
9Bakersfield363,6303849,03Kern
10Anaheim345,0121292,599Orange
11Santa Ana334,227704,618Orange
12Riverside316,6192101,445Riverside
13Stockton298,1181591,826Stockton
14Chula Vista256,7801281,897San Diego
15Irvine236,7161691,247Orange
16Fremont224,9222001,067Alameda
17San Bernardino213,7081591,318San Bernardino
18Modesto204,9331141,750Stanislaus
19Oxnard203,007692,840Ventura
20Fontana203,0031091,784San Bernardino
21Moreno Valley201,1751321,456Riverside
22Huntington Beach197,575692,738Orange
23Glendale196,021782,431Los Angeles
24Santa Clarita179,5901361,291Los Angeles
25Garden Grove175,140463,676Orange

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