List of Largest Cities in California (with Map & Photos)

Los Angeles is the most populous city in California, followed by San Diego and San Jose.

Largest City in California
Largest City in California

Covering an area of ​​423,970 square kilometers, the State of California is located in the western (Pacific) region of the United States.

The largest cities in California

1. Los Angeles - 3,971,883

Los Angeles is the largest city in California with a population of 3,971,883. As of 2008, the city's economy had a gross metropolitan product of $831 billion, the third largest economic city in the world after Tokyo and New York. Los Angeles's economy is driven by commerce, entertainment, tourism, aerospace, fashion, oil, and technology.

Largest City in California
Largest City in California

2. San Diego - 1,394,928

Located 120 miles south of Los Angeles, the city of San Diego ranks as the second largest city in California. It has a population of 1,394,928. The city is famous for its deep natural harbors, long beaches, mild year-round climate, association with the US Navy, and, in recent years, as a health and biotech development center.

3. San Jose - 1,026,908

San Jose is the third largest city in California and the center of the Silicon Valley region. Many large technology companies are based in San Diego, which has been expanding rapidly since the 1960s.

4. San Francisco - 864,816

San Francisco is the fourth largest city in California with a population of 864,816. Known for its unique city design and cultural heritage, San Francisco is also an extremely popular tourist destination, ranking among the top ten most visited cities in the United States.

5. Fresno - 520,052

Fresno is the fifth largest city in California by population. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley. Like San Jose, Fresno experienced tremendous growth in the second half of the 20th century.

California has the highest geographic diversity in the United States. The state's diverse topography ranges from the western Pacific coast to the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains; and from the giant sequoias and conifers of the northwest to the arid Martian landscapes of the southeast.

California Geography

Facing the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean coast, California rises rapidly into the rugged rocky cliffs and foothills of the Coast Mountains. The 750-kilometer-long Central Valley (including the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys) is nestled between the Coastal Ranges to the west, the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east, the Cascade Range to the north, and the Tehachapi to the south. Located in eastern California, within the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, is Mount Whitney, the highest point in the state at 4,421 meters above sea level.

Mount Whitney is also the highest point in the 48 contiguous states of the United States of America.

Additional mountain range in California includes the Klamath Mountains and the Los Angeles Range, as well as a series of mountains that generally run west to east as far north as the city of Los Angeles.

The Mojave and Colorado deserts dominate the extreme south and southeast. This broad, generally flat expanse of land is dotted with jagged mountain peaks and occupies about one-sixth of the state's land area. An arid, inhospitable, and extremely hot desert area called Valle de la Muerte (or Death Valley ) straddles the eastern border with Nevada.

Largest City in California
Largest City in California

Within it, is the lowest point in California and the entire United States at -86 meters above sea level (in this case below sea level!).

Major rivers in the state include the Colorado, as well as the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers in the Central Valley. Located off the southern coast of California are the Channel Islands. Lake Tahoe is the largest lake in the Sierra Nevada, located across the California-Nevada border. Located west of the Sierra Nevada in Lake County is Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California.

The State of California is divided into 58 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba.

With an area of ​​423,970 square kilometers, California is the third largest and most populous state in the United States. Located in the north-central part of the state in the Sacramento Valley is Sacramento, the capital and sixth largest city in California. Located in southern California is Los Angeles, the largest and most populous city in California. It is also the second most populous city in the United States.

The city of Los Angeles has been designated as a global city and is considered a leader in the industry of technology, science, entertainment and medicine. Los Angeles County is also the most populous county in the United States.

Where is California?

The state of California is located in the western (Pacific) region of the United States. California borders the state of Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south. It is also bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west.

California outline

The California flag is also known as the Bear Flag. As such, it was adopted by a group of settlers in 1846 and has evolved to this day.

On the one hand, it incorporates the star that represents the state (just like the Solitary Star or Lone Star of Texas), a bear as the main animal of the state and the phrase "REPUBLIC OF CALIFORNIA", although the official name of this state is the of State of California.

California Map