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According to the Census Bureau's most recent population estimates for cities and towns, only one place in California broke into the country’s 15 top-growing cities: Dublin. But this data reflects population changes that occured between 2017 and 2018; the most recent numbers from the California Department of Finance show that the 2018–2019 winner lies approximately 165 miles to the north.
Yes, Chico has beaten out Dublin to take the top spot on the list of California’s fastest-growing cities, proving the college town has a lot to offer. Experiencing a 20.7 percent increase in population between 2018 and 2019, Chico grew nearly five times faster than Dublin. While this data only represents cities with populations between 30,000 and 300,000, this huge percentage blows even the largest cities (including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco) out of the water.
Here are California’s other fastest-growing cities, determined by the biggest percent change in population between January 1, 2018, and January 1, 2019.
Percent change: 20.7
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Percent change: 4.4
Percent change: 4.0
Percent change: 3.8
Percent change: 3.4
Percent change: 3.3
Percent change: 3.0
Percent change: 2.7
10. Santa Clarita
In addition to seeing high percentage changes in population, many California cities also experienced significant numeric changes in population. In the top 10 cities alone, the Golden State saw a 50,000-plus increase in population.
The following cities saw the greatest numeric change in population between January 1, 2018, and January 1, 2019.
Numeric change: 19,250
Numeric change: 6,147
3. Santa Clarita
Numeric change: 5,725
Numeric change: 4,024
Numeric change: 3,682
Numeric change: 3,383
7. Chula Vista
Numeric change: 3,351
Numeric change: 3,108
Numeric change: 2,759
Population: 83,78110. Dublin
Numeric change: 2,703
Note: Population data represents totals documented on January 1, 2019.
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