These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In California For 2019


We used data and science to determine the places in California everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in California.

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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 2019 according to the most recent census data:

If you happen to be a resident of Dublin, 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in California or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more California state reading:

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Golden State for 2019

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in California with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in California Graph For 2019

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Dublin, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 57,022
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 42,657
Percent Growth 33.7%
Absolute Growth: 14,365
More on Dublin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Dublin is a suburban city of the East 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 east of downtown San Francisco, 23 miles east of downtown Oakland, and 31 miles 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, and the 2013 estimate at 49,890. Dublin is home to the headquarters of Sybase, Inc, CallidusCloud, Ross Stores, Tria Beauty, Medley Health, Challenge Dairy and Arlen Ness.

Beaumont, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 43,641
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 32,847
Percent Growth 32.9%
Absolute Growth: 10,794
More on Beaumont: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Irvine, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 256,877
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 199,117
Percent Growth 29.0%
Absolute Growth: 57,760
More on Irvine: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Irvine 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 city had a population of 212,375 as of the 2010 census; in 2016 the city’s population was 258,386.

Lake Elsinore, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 62,229
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 48,644
Percent Growth 27.9%
Absolute Growth: 13,585
More on Lake Elsinore: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 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.

Brentwood, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 58,828
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 46,283
Percent Growth 27.1%
Absolute Growth: 12,545
More on Brentwood: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Coalinga, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,612
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 13,086
Percent Growth 26.9%
Absolute Growth: 3,526
More on Coalinga: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Coalinga is a city in Fresno County and the western San Joaquin Valley, in central California.

Imperial, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,931
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,406
Percent Growth 26.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,525
More on Imperial: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Imperial is a city in Imperial County, California. Imperial is located 4 miles 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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,050
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 17,040
Percent Growth 23.5%
Absolute Growth: 4,010
More on Lathrop: Homes For Sale | Data

Lathrop is a city located in San Joaquin County, California, United States. The 2010 United States Census reported Lathrop-s population was 18,023. The city is located in Northern California at the intersection of Interstate 5 and SR 120.

Oroville, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 18,932
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 15,369
Percent Growth 23.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,563
More on Oroville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Lincoln, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 46,404
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 37,771
Percent Growth 22.9%
Absolute Growth: 8,633
More on Lincoln: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 In California, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in California are led by Dublin 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Avenal
  2. Susanville
  3. Crescent City

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In California For 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Dublin 33.7% 57,022 42,657
2 Beaumont 32.9% 43,641 32,847
3 Irvine 29.0% 256,877 199,117
4 Lake Elsinore 27.9% 62,229 48,644
5 Brentwood 27.1% 58,828 46,283
6 Coalinga 26.9% 16,612 13,086
7 Imperial 26.3% 16,931 13,406
8 Lathrop 23.5% 21,050 17,040
9 Oroville 23.2% 18,932 15,369
10 Lincoln 22.9% 46,404 37,771

About Chris Kolmar

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