Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Los Angeles and San Diego, while others want peace and quiet like in Buellton and Dos Palos, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in California have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Golden State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in California for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Beaumont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dublin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Coalinga (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Coronado (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Irvine (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lake Elsinore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Imperial (Homes For Sale)
- Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oroville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Beaumont, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in California are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Golden State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 426 California cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Golden State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 42,191 Population 2010: 32,847
Growth Rate: 28.45%
Absolute Growth: 9,344
More on Beaumont: Homes For Sale | Data
Beaumont is a city in Riverside County, California, United States located at a half mile elevation in the pass area south of Southern California’s highest peak, San Gorgonio Mountain, and north of San Jacinto Peak.
Population: 54,523 Population 2010: 42,657
Growth Rate: 27.82%
Absolute Growth: 11,866
More on Dublin: Homes For Sale | Data
Dublin (formerly, Amador and Dougherty’s Station) is a suburban city of the East (San Francisco) Bay and Tri-Valley regions of Alameda County, California, United States. Located along the north side of Interstate 580 at the intersection with Interstate 680, roughly 35 miles (56 km) east of downtown San Francisco, 23 miles (37 km) east of downtown Oakland, and 31 miles (50 km) north of downtown San Jose, it was named after the city of Dublin in Ireland. Dublin is the second fastest-growing city in the state of California, behind only Santa Clarita. The population was 46,063 (2010 census), and the 2013 estimate at 49,890. Dublin is home to the headquarters of Sybase, Inc (now part of SAP SE), CallidusCloud, Ross Stores, Tria Beauty, Medley Health, Challenge Dairy and Arlen Ness.
Population: 16,609 Population 2010: 13,086
Growth Rate: 26.92%
Absolute Growth: 3,523
More on Coalinga: Homes For Sale | Data
Coalinga (/ko.l/ or /kl/) is a city in Fresno County and the western San Joaquin Valley, in central California.
Population: 24,852 Population 2010: 19,721
Growth Rate: 26.02%
Absolute Growth: 5,131
More on Coronado: Homes For Sale | Data
Coronado is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across the San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego. It was founded in the 1880s. Its population was 24,697 at the 2010 census, up from 24,100 at the 2000 census.
Population: 246,992 Population 2010: 199,117
Growth Rate: 24.04%
Absolute Growth: 47,875
More on Irvine: Homes For Sale | Data
Irvine (/rvan/ UR-vyn) is a master-planned city in Orange County, California, United States. The Irvine Company started developing the area in the 1960s and the city was formally incorporated on December 28, 1971. The 66-square-mile (170 km2) city had a population of 212,375 as of the 2010 census; in 2016 the city’s population was 258,386.
6. Lake Elsinore
Population: 60,230 Population 2010: 48,644
Growth Rate: 23.82%
Absolute Growth: 11,586
More on Lake Elsinore: Homes For Sale | Data
Lake Elsinore is a city in western Riverside County, California, United States. Established as a city in 1888, it is on the shore of Lake Elsinore, a natural freshwater lake about 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) in size. The city has grown from a small resort town in the late 19th century and early 20th century to a population of 51,821 at the 2010 census.
Population: 16,583 Population 2010: 13,406
Growth Rate: 23.7%
Absolute Growth: 3,177
More on Imperial: Homes For Sale | Data
Imperial is a city in Imperial County, California. Imperial is located 4 miles (6.4 km) north of El Centro. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,758. It is part of the El Centro metropolitan area. Nearby recreation facilities transform the desert into a popular Valley tourist destination due to availability of activities. Three year-round golf courses are within minutes of Imperial. The sand dunes provide a place for campers and dune buggy enthusiasts. This region is well known for its abundance of bird species such as dove, quail, ducks, pheasant and geese.
Population: 56,923 Population 2010: 46,283
Growth Rate: 22.99%
Absolute Growth: 10,640
More on Brentwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Brentwood is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. It is located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The population is 51,481 as of 2010, an increase of 121 percent from 23,302 at the 2000 census.
Population: 18,884 Population 2010: 15,369
Growth Rate: 22.87%
Absolute Growth: 3,515
More on Oroville: Homes For Sale | Data
Oroville is the county seat of Butte County, California, United States. The population was 15,506 at the 2010 census, up from 13,004 in the 2000 census. Oroville is considered the gateway to Lake Oroville and Feather River recreational areas. The city of Oroville has recently annexed two locations in South Oroville, areas A and B, which have a combined population of 2,725 people. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of the city to be 17,996 as of January 1, 2016, up 1,908 people or 11.9 percent since 2010. The Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California is headquartered here.
Population: 45,675 Population 2010: 37,771
Growth Rate: 20.93%
Absolute Growth: 7,904
More on Lincoln: Homes For Sale | Data
Lincoln is a city in Placer County, California, United States, part of the Sacramento metropolitan area. Located in an area of rapid suburban development, it grew 282.1 percent between 2000 and 2010, making it the fastest growing city over 10,000 people in the U.S. Its 2015 population was estimated to be 45,837.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in California are led by Beaumont which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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