These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In California For 2018


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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 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Beaumont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Dublin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Coalinga (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Coronado (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Irvine (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lake Elsinore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Imperial (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Oroville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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.

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]

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

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1. Beaumont

Beaumont, California

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.

2. Dublin

Dublin, California

Population: 54,523
Population 2010: 42,657
Growth Rate: 27.82%
Absolute Growth: 11,866
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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.[citation needed] 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.

3. Coalinga

Coalinga, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,609
Population 2010: 13,086
Growth Rate: 26.92%
Absolute Growth: 3,523
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Coalinga (/ko.l/ or /kl/) is a city in Fresno County and the western San Joaquin Valley, in central California.

4. Coronado

Coronado, California

Population: 24,852
Population 2010: 19,721
Growth Rate: 26.02%
Absolute Growth: 5,131
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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.

5. Irvine

Irvine, California

Source: Public domain

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

Lake Elsinore, California

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.

7. Imperial

Imperial, California

Population: 16,583
Population 2010: 13,406
Growth Rate: 23.7%
Absolute Growth: 3,177
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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.

8. Brentwood

Brentwood, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 56,923
Population 2010: 46,283
Growth Rate: 22.99%
Absolute Growth: 10,640
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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.

9. Oroville

Oroville, California

Source: Public domain

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.

10. Lincoln

Lincoln, California

Population: 45,675
Population 2010: 37,771
Growth Rate: 20.93%
Absolute Growth: 7,904
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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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In California

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Beaumont 42,191 32,847 9,344 28.4%
2 Dublin 54,523 42,657 11,866 27.8%
3 Coalinga 16,609 13,086 3,523 26.9%
4 Coronado 24,852 19,721 5,131 26.0%
5 Irvine 246,992 199,117 47,875 24.0%
6 Lake Elsinore 60,230 48,644 11,586 23.8%
7 Imperial 16,583 13,406 3,177 23.7%
8 Brentwood 56,923 46,283 10,640 23.0%
9 Oroville 18,884 15,369 3,515 22.9%
10 Lincoln 45,675 37,771 7,904 20.9%
11 Lathrop 20,331 17,040 3,291 19.3%
12 Emeryville 11,111 9,393 1,718 18.3%
13 Indio 85,401 72,486 12,915 17.8%
14 Menifee 84,978 72,494 12,484 17.2%
15 Rio Vista 8,055 6,874 1,181 17.2%
16 San Marcos 91,479 78,127 13,352 17.1%
17 Oakley 38,968 33,496 5,472 16.3%
18 Elk Grove 163,634 141,200 22,434 15.9%
19 Perris 73,718 63,644 10,074 15.8%
20 American Canyon 20,334 17,692 2,642 14.9%
21 Coachella 43,826 38,144 5,682 14.9%
22 Fowler 6,083 5,305 778 14.7%
23 Hughson 7,160 6,267 893 14.2%
24 Morgan Hill 41,839 36,630 5,209 14.2%
25 Desert Hot Springs 28,092 24,675 3,417 13.8%
26 Temecula 108,965 95,829 13,136 13.7%
27 Wildomar 34,775 30,637 4,138 13.5%
28 Kerman 14,424 12,708 1,716 13.5%
29 Murrieta 108,583 95,668 12,915 13.5%
30 Chula Vista 260,598 229,614 30,984 13.5%
31 Manteca 73,570 64,959 8,611 13.3%
32 Lindsay 13,052 11,528 1,524 13.2%
33 Pleasanton 77,046 68,204 8,842 13.0%
34 Milpitas 73,447 65,150 8,297 12.7%
35 Roseville 128,276 113,820 14,456 12.7%
36 Dinuba 23,465 20,823 2,642 12.7%
37 San Jacinto 46,375 41,203 5,172 12.6%
38 Gilroy 52,576 46,807 5,769 12.3%
39 Carlsbad 112,008 99,753 12,255 12.3%
40 Victorville 121,320 108,088 13,232 12.2%
41 Arvin 20,562 18,329 2,233 12.2%
42 Clovis 102,148 91,166 10,982 12.0%
43 West Sacramento 51,386 45,961 5,425 11.8%
44 La Quinta 39,801 35,661 4,140 11.6%
45 Rocklin 60,509 54,276 6,233 11.5%
46 San Ramon 74,366 66,822 7,544 11.3%
47 Patterson 21,205 19,110 2,095 11.0%
48 Firebaugh 8,176 7,373 803 10.9%
49 Foster City 32,967 29,746 3,221 10.8%
50 Porterville 58,472 52,762 5,710 10.8%
51 Bakersfield 367,555 331,868 35,687 10.8%
52 Half Moon Bay 12,281 11,126 1,155 10.4%
53 Newman 10,808 9,806 1,002 10.2%
54 Pittsburg 67,998 61,723 6,275 10.2%
55 Livermore 86,493 78,520 7,973 10.2%
56 Redwood City 82,595 75,193 7,402 9.8%
57 Greenfield 16,994 15,480 1,514 9.8%
58 Rancho Cordova 69,482 63,297 6,185 9.8%
59 Orange Cove 9,566 8,718 848 9.7%
60 Sunnyvale 149,596 136,480 13,116 9.6%
61 Santa Maria 103,642 94,645 8,997 9.5%
62 Calexico 39,750 36,304 3,446 9.5%
63 Hayward 154,507 141,498 13,009 9.2%
64 King City 13,532 12,399 1,133 9.1%
65 Santa Clara 122,725 112,466 10,259 9.1%
66 Riverbank 23,761 21,778 1,983 9.1%
67 San Jose 1,009,363 925,300 84,063 9.1%
68 Antioch 108,675 99,717 8,958 9.0%
69 Mendota 11,394 10,459 935 8.9%
70 Buellton 5,021 4,609 412 8.9%
71 Fremont 227,934 209,235 18,699 8.9%
72 Mcfarland 13,391 12,302 1,089 8.9%
73 Tracy 86,382 79,416 6,966 8.8%
74 Mountain View 78,827 72,510 6,317 8.7%
75 Shafter 17,801 16,378 1,423 8.7%
76 Santa Cruz 63,310 58,269 5,041 8.7%
77 Oakdale 21,796 20,076 1,720 8.6%
78 Adelanto 32,311 29,764 2,547 8.6%
79 Ripon 14,971 13,792 1,179 8.5%
80 Folsom 74,960 69,068 5,892 8.5%
81 Novato 54,790 50,488 4,302 8.5%
82 Hercules 25,011 23,061 1,950 8.5%
83 Aliso Viejo 50,219 46,329 3,890 8.4%
84 Berkeley 118,585 109,408 9,177 8.4%
85 Albany 19,420 17,921 1,499 8.4%
86 Fontana 205,228 189,466 15,762 8.3%
87 Hemet 82,748 76,403 6,345 8.3%
88 Tulare 61,664 56,938 4,726 8.3%
89 Orinda 18,936 17,485 1,451 8.3%
90 El Paso De Robles (Paso Robles) 31,178 28,794 2,384 8.3%
91 Calipatria 7,511 6,953 558 8.0%
92 Union City 73,500 68,081 5,419 8.0%
93 Visalia 128,738 119,312 9,426 7.9%
94 San Mateo 102,224 94,751 7,473 7.9%
95 Moreno Valley 202,061 187,428 14,633 7.8%
96 Rancho Cucamonga 173,309 160,780 12,529 7.8%
97 San Francisco 850,282 789,172 61,110 7.7%
98 Clayton 11,655 10,819 836 7.7%
99 Galt 24,848 23,074 1,774 7.7%
100 Tustin 79,396 73,731 5,665 7.7%

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