The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In California For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in California.

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 Williams, 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 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In California For 2021

  1. Dublin
  2. Beaumont
  3. Irvine
  4. Lake Elsinore
  5. Brentwood
  6. Lathrop
  7. Imperial
  8. Rio Vista
  9. Coalinga
  10. Emeryville

What's the fastest growing city in California for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Dublin ranks as the fastest growing city in California. 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.

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:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In California For 2021

1. Dublin

Dublin, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 61,240
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 42,657
Percent Growth 43.6%
Absolute Growth: 18,583
More on Dublin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Beaumont

Beaumont, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 47,144
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 32,847
Percent Growth 43.5%
Absolute Growth: 14,297
More on Beaumont: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Irvine

Irvine, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 273,157
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 199,117
Percent Growth 37.2%
Absolute Growth: 74,040
More on Irvine: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 65,817
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 48,644
Percent Growth 35.3%
Absolute Growth: 17,173
More on Lake Elsinore: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Brentwood

Brentwood, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 61,961
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 46,283
Percent Growth 33.9%
Absolute Growth: 15,678
More on Brentwood: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Lathrop