These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In California For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article 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:

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

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.

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 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (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:

[Population 2017 – 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. Dublin

Dublin, California

Population: 57,022
Population 2010: 42,657
Growth Rate: 33.68%
Absolute Growth: 14,365
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.[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.

2. Beaumont

Beaumont, California

Population: 43,641
Population 2010: 32,847
Growth Rate: 32.86%
Absolute Growth: 10,794
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.

3. Irvine

Irvine, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 256,877
Population 2010: 199,117
Growth Rate: 29.01%
Absolute Growth: 57,760
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.

4. Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore, California

Population: 62,229
Population 2010: 48,644
Growth Rate: 27.93%
Absolute Growth: 13,585
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.

5. Brentwood

Brentwood, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 58,828
Population 2010: 46,283
Growth Rate: 27.1%
Absolute Growth: 12,545
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.

6. Coalinga

Coalinga, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,612
Population 2010: 13,086
Growth Rate: 26.94%
Absolute Growth: 3,526
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.

7. Imperial

Imperial, California

Population: 16,931
Population 2010: 13,406
Growth Rate: 26.29%
Absolute Growth: 3,525
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.

8. Lathrop


Population: 21,050
Population 2010: 17,040
Growth Rate: 23.53%
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.

9. Oroville

Oroville, California

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,932
Population 2010: 15,369
Growth Rate: 23.18%
Absolute Growth: 3,563
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: 46,404
Population 2010: 37,771
Growth Rate: 22.86%
Absolute Growth: 8,633
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 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!

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In California

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Dublin 57,022 42,657 14,365 33.7%
2 Beaumont 43,641 32,847 10,794 32.9%
3 Irvine 256,877 199,117 57,760 29.0%
4 Lake Elsinore 62,229 48,644 13,585 27.9%
5 Brentwood 58,828 46,283 12,545 27.1%
6 Coalinga 16,612 13,086 3,526 26.9%
7 Imperial 16,931 13,406 3,525 26.3%
8 Lathrop 21,050 17,040 4,010 23.5%
9 Oroville 18,932 15,369 3,563 23.2%
10 Lincoln 46,404 37,771 8,633 22.9%
11 Emeryville 11,524 9,393 2,131 22.7%
12 Coronado 24,053 19,721 4,332 22.0%
13 Santa Clarita 209,489 172,253 37,236 21.6%
14 Rio Vista 8,350 6,874 1,476 21.5%
15 Indio 86,867 72,486 14,381 19.8%
16 Menifee 86,820 72,494 14,326 19.8%
17 San Marcos 93,493 78,127 15,366 19.7%
18 Oakley 39,950 33,496 6,454 19.3%
19 Perris 75,011 63,644 11,367 17.9%
20 Morgan Hill 43,136 36,630 6,506 17.8%
21 Elk Grove 166,228 141,200 25,028 17.7%
22 Fowler 6,200 5,305 895 16.9%
23 Hughson 7,295 6,267 1,028 16.4%
24 Coachella 44,382 38,144 6,238 16.4%
25 Pleasanton 79,341 68,204 11,137 16.3%
26 Manteca 75,314 64,959 10,355 15.9%
27 Milpitas 75,498 65,150 10,348 15.9%
28 Wildomar 35,492 30,637 4,855 15.8%
29 Gilroy 54,159 46,807 7,352 15.7%
30 Temecula 110,722 95,829 14,893 15.5%
31 Murrieta 110,043 95,668 14,375 15.0%
32 Chula Vista 264,101 229,614 34,487 15.0%
33 American Canyon 20,341 17,692 2,649 15.0%
34 Roseville 130,705 113,820 16,885 14.8%
35 Desert Hot Springs 28,298 24,675 3,623 14.7%
36 Clovis 104,411 91,166 13,245 14.5%
37 Kerman 14,537 12,708 1,829 14.4%
38 Lindsay 13,167 11,528 1,639 14.2%
39 San Jacinto 46,932 41,203 5,729 13.9%
40 Dinuba 23,712 20,823 2,889 13.9%
41 Rocklin 61,697 54,276 7,421 13.7%
42 Arvin 20,826 18,329 2,497 13.6%
43 West Sacramento 52,206 45,961 6,245 13.6%
44 Carlsbad 113,147 99,753 13,394 13.4%
45 Mcfarland 13,930 12,302 1,628 13.2%
46 La Quinta 40,305 35,661 4,644 13.0%
47 Half Moon Bay 12,565 11,126 1,439 12.9%
48 Foster City 33,529 29,746 3,783 12.7%
49 Victorville 121,721 108,088 13,633 12.6%
50 Shafter 18,433 16,378 2,055 12.5%
51 Pittsburg 69,449 61,723 7,726 12.5%
52 Patterson 21,497 19,110 2,387 12.5%
53 Livermore 88,232 78,520 9,712 12.4%
54 San Ramon 75,048 66,822 8,226 12.3%
55 Bakersfield 372,680 331,868 40,812 12.3%
56 Firebaugh 8,275 7,373 902 12.2%
57 Redwood City 84,368 75,193 9,175 12.2%
58 Rancho Cordova 70,785 63,297 7,488 11.8%
59 Newman 10,951 9,806 1,145 11.7%
60 Porterville 58,782 52,762 6,020 11.4%
61 Sunnyvale 151,565 136,480 15,085 11.1%
62 Greenfield 17,188 15,480 1,708 11.0%
63 Hayward 156,917 141,498 15,419 10.9%
64 Oakdale 22,256 20,076 2,180 10.9%
65 Santa Clara 124,635 112,466 12,169 10.8%
66 Santa Maria 104,791 94,645 10,146 10.7%
67 King City 13,721 12,399 1,322 10.7%
68 San Jose 1,023,031 925,300 97,731 10.6%
69 Mountain View 80,076 72,510 7,566 10.4%
70 Adelanto 32,867 29,764 3,103 10.4%
71 Riverbank 24,047 21,778 2,269 10.4%
72 Fremont 230,964 209,235 21,729 10.4%
73 Buellton 5,087 4,609 478 10.4%
74 Antioch 110,026 99,717 10,309 10.3%
75 Tracy 87,613 79,416 8,197 10.3%
76 Chino 85,609 77,729 7,880 10.1%
77 Orinda 19,248 17,485 1,763 10.1%
78 Calexico 39,953 36,304 3,649 10.1%
79 Ripon 15,173 13,792 1,381 10.0%
80 Folsom 75,897 69,068 6,829 9.9%
81 Berkeley 120,179 109,408 10,771 9.8%
82 Albany 19,682 17,921 1,761 9.8%
83 Santa Cruz 63,993 58,269 5,724 9.8%
84 Orange Cove 9,567 8,718 849 9.7%
85 Novato 55,378 50,488 4,890 9.7%
86 Hercules 25,260 23,061 2,199 9.5%
87 San Francisco 864,263 789,172 75,091 9.5%
88 Hemet 83,604 76,403 7,201 9.4%
89 Clayton 11,838 10,819 1,019 9.4%
90 Aliso Viejo 50,691 46,329 4,362 9.4%
91 Tulare 62,296 56,938 5,358 9.4%
92 Galt 25,222 23,074 2,148 9.3%
93 Fontana 207,086 189,466 17,620 9.3%
94 San Mateo 103,500 94,751 8,749 9.2%
95 Union City 74,354 68,081 6,273 9.2%
96 Brea 41,921 38,427 3,494 9.1%
97 El Paso De Robles (Paso Robles) 31,409 28,794 2,615 9.1%
98 Visalia 130,047 119,312 10,735 9.0%
99 Mendota 11,396 10,459 937 9.0%
100 Holtville 6,355 5,835 520 8.9%

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