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Rank City 2009-2012 Working-Age Population Growth 2009-2012 Employment Growth 2009-2012 Median Income Growth Overall Growth Score
1 Florin ** 83.8% (1.7%) (1.9%) 62.1
2 Reedley 2.9% 17.8% 6.4% 61.4
3 Coronado 5.2% (3.8%) 38.8% 61.3
4 San Ramon 44.0% (3.1%) 12.6% 58.2
5 San Fernando 2.5% 2.5% 23.5% 57.8
6 Madera 13.6% 2.3% 13.9% 55.3
7 Beverly Hills 1.5% 4.3% 14.5% 54.1
8 Saratoga 0.9% 7.6% 7.7% 53.0
9 Santa Paula 0.6% 3.4% 14.1% 53.0
10 Gardena 3.6% 2.1% 14.5% 52.9
11 Merced 6.6% (2.1%) 18.8% 52.4
12 San Luis Obispo 2.1% 1.1% 15.8% 52.3
13 Dublin 6.8% 1.3% 13.0% 52.2
14 Mountain View 3.2% (0.6%) 17.4% 52.1
15 Beaumont 19.6% 5.7% (0.5%) 52.0
16 Dana Point (5.0%) 1.1% 17.9% 51.6
17 San Carlos 5.6% 5.4% 5.7% 51.4
18 La Mesa 5.3% (3.0%) 18.7% 51.3
19 San Leandro 13.6% 0.0% 9.5% 51.1
20 El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles) 11.4% (2.2%) 13.6% 50.9
21 Foster City 10.3% (1.1%) 12.4% 50.8
22 Sunnyvale 8.0% (3.6%) 17.4% 50.8
23 Spring Valley 22.6% (0.5%) 5.1% 50.7
24 Burlingame 2.3% 6.6% 3.8% 50.5
25 Tulare 10.4% (5.2%) 17.6% 50.3
26 Folsom 5.9% 4.9% 4.0% 50.2
27 Danville 5.5% (3.3%) 17.0% 50.2
28 El Dorado Hills 42.6% (10.6%) 9.9% 50.1
29 Castro Valley 15.8% (4.2%) 12.1% 49.6
30 Ridgecrest 13.8% (2.6%) 9.9% 49.1
31 Moorpark (3.4%) 0.6% 12.9% 48.9
32 Walnut Creek 1.9% (0.2%) 10.8% 48.6
33 Milpitas 2.6% (2.2%) 13.2% 48.4
34 Duarte 0.9% (2.6%) 14.3% 48.2
35 Laguna Niguel 0.7% 2.9% 5.7% 48.1
36 Calabasas 6.5% (4.5%) 14.3% 48.1
37 Newark 5.9% 1.7% 4.9% 48.0
38 Eureka 11.4% 3.6% (0.8%) 48.0
39 Simi Valley 5.1% (1.8%) 10.7% 48.0
40 Redondo Beach (0.1%) (1.4%) 12.6% 48.0
41 Orangevale 31.6% (9.8%) 9.9% 47.9
42 Oxnard 8.9% 1.2% 3.9% 47.8
43 Walnut (1.4%) (1.5%) 13.1% 47.8
44 Oakley 17.8% (0.8%) 2.4% 47.7
45 Chula Vista 16.8% (6.8%) 12.1% 47.7
46 Goleta 7.8% (1.2%) 7.7% 47.6
47 Wildomar 5.0% (8.4%) 20.3% 47.6
48 Daly City 0.3% 0.2% 9.2% 47.5
49 Santa Maria 22.1% (1.5%) 1.0% 47.5
50 Hanford 8.4% (0.7%) 6.2% 47.4
51 San Lorenzo 10.8% (4.8%) 11.0% 47.2
52 Bloomington 6.3% 0.8% 4.6% 47.2
53 Bakersfield 13.3% (3.4%) 7.6% 47.2
54 Covina 1.7% (7.4%) 19.6% 47.2
55 Brawley 7.9% (10.7%) 21.4% 47.1
56 Lemoore (0.3%) 6.9% (1.7%) 47.1
57 Monrovia 0.4% 0.0% 8.5% 47.1
58 El Centro 11.4% (5.4%) 11.3% 47.0
59 Irvine 6.6% (2.9%) 9.7% 47.0
60 Granite Bay 0.0% (8.8%) 21.9% 46.8
61 Costa Mesa 2.0% (3.6%) 12.8% 46.8
62 Ashland 9.6% (12.1%) 22.2% 46.8
63 Santee (1.7%) (1.7%) 11.5% 46.7
64 Buena Park 6.3% (4.4%) 11.8% 46.7
65 Pasadena (1.8%) 0.7% 7.9% 46.7
66 Morgan Hill 4.7% (8.3%) 18.5% 46.7
67 Encinitas 0.8% (8.8%) 21.0% 46.6
68 San Rafael 4.8% (1.7%) 7.8% 46.4
69 Chico 1.8% (3.3%) 11.8% 46.4
70 Lafayette 0.0% (4.2%) 13.9% 46.4
71 El Cerrito 13.5% (1.2%) 2.4% 46.3
72 North Tustin (3.7%) (3.2%) 13.8% 46.2
73 Manhattan Beach (0.1%) (3.9%) 12.8% 46.0
74 Visalia 9.2% (0.3%) 2.6% 45.9
75 Chino (2.6%) (2.2%) 11.2% 45.9
76 Davis 4.8% (6.2%) 13.6% 45.8
77 Elk Grove 22.1% (7.5%) 7.0% 45.8
78 Delano 0.7% 5.5% (2.8%) 45.6
79 Cupertino 11.3% (1.9%) 3.4% 45.6
80 Santa Rosa 8.7% (4.4%) 8.5% 45.6
81 Vacaville 4.5% 0.0% 3.6% 45.5
82 Pacifica 2.1% (5.8%) 13.6% 45.5
83 Hacienda Heights 8.9% (4.7%) 8.6% 45.4
84 Norwalk 4.9% (1.4%) 5.4% 45.4
85 Los Gatos 4.9% (1.7%) 5.8% 45.4
86 Dinuba 8.6% 6.8% (9.5%) 45.2
87 San Buenaventura (Ventura) 6.6% (4.2%) 8.3% 45.1
88 San Francisco 2.0% (2.5%) 7.9% 45.1
89 Palm Springs (3.8%) (8.0%) 19.3% 45.1
90 Downey 7.8% (3.3%) 6.3% 45.1
91 East Los Angeles 8.8% (4.8%) 8.1% 45.0
92 Coachella 13.4% (5.9%) 7.4% 45.0
93 Aliso Viejo 17.6% (7.5%) 7.7% 45.0
94 Berkeley 13.7% (6.1%) 7.5% 45.0
95 Redwood City 4.8% (1.9%) 5.4% 45.0
96 Riverbank 11.6% 1.1% (2.8%) 44.8
97 Santa Barbara 2.6% (0.5%) 3.8% 44.8
98 Santa Clara 5.2% (4.2%) 8.3% 44.7
99 Santa Monica 4.4% (3.1%) 6.8% 44.7
100 Campbell 6.1% 0.9% (0.4%) 44.6
101 Loma Linda 4.9% 0.7% 0.4% 44.5
102 Camarillo 4.2% (3.5%) 7.2% 44.5
103 Cerritos (0.8%) (2.0%) 7.3% 44.5
104 Florence-Graham 8.6% (4.8%) 7.0% 44.5
105 Palo Alto 14.5% (4.4%) 3.4% 44.4
106 South Pasadena 3.5% (4.6%) 9.1% 44.4
107 El Monte (2.8%) (9.4%) 19.7% 44.4
108 Rowland Heights 10.2% (6.9%) 9.4% 44.4
109 Hercules (4.7%) (5.1%) 13.9% 44.4
110 South Whittier 2.0% (7.4%) 14.2% 44.4
111 San Jose 3.4% (4.4%) 8.7% 44.3
112 Newport Beach 7.3% (4.2%) 6.2% 44.2
113 San Jacinto 20.1% (7.2%) 4.5% 44.1
114 Oakdale 2.1% (11.9%) 20.5% 44.1
115 Fremont 8.3% (6.9%) 9.4% 44.0
116 South El Monte 1.2% (4.2%) 8.7% 43.9
117 Pico Rivera 1.7% (6.8%) 12.4% 43.9
118 Temple City (3.8%) (5.7%) 13.4% 43.8
119 Petaluma 4.8% (4.3%) 6.9% 43.8
120 Woodland 6.6% (2.2%) 2.7% 43.8
121 Altadena 9.6% (2.1%) 1.1% 43.7
122 San Diego 2.3% (2.3%) 4.9% 43.7
123 Whittier 8.6% (3.5%) 3.5% 43.7
124 Yorba Linda 1.7% (5.2%) 9.1% 43.5
125 San Clemente 5.0% (3.5%) 4.7% 43.3
126 Hawthorne 3.2% (3.9%) 6.1% 43.3
127 South Gate 1.6% (4.7%) 8.2% 43.3
128 Pittsburg 5.7% (6.6%) 9.0% 43.2
129 Lancaster 14.0% (5.9%) 3.7% 43.2
130 Santa Clarita 8.3% (7.5%) 8.9% 43.2
131 Redding 0.6% (6.9%) 11.7% 43.1
132 Norco 1.3% (8.6%) 14.0% 43.1
133 Garden Grove 7.7% (5.9%) 6.5% 43.0
134 Windsor 10.0% (7.9%) 8.5% 43.0
135 Seal Beach 2.1% 0.0% 0.1% 43.0
136 Oakland (0.8%) (5.0%) 9.0% 42.9
137 Hayward 3.5% (5.9%) 8.1% 42.8
138 Monterey Park 0.1% (3.0%) 5.4% 42.8
139 Monterey 1.3% (2.2%) 3.4% 42.8
140 San Gabriel 2.1% (0.9%) 1.0% 42.8
141 Lake Forest 6.3% (5.1%) 5.4% 42.7
142 National City 15.0% (3.4%) (1.5%) 42.7
143 Watsonville 6.9% (2.5%) 0.8% 42.6
144 Novato (0.6%) (3.7%) 6.4% 42.6
145 Martinez 3.1% (1.6%) 1.2% 42.6
146 Livermore 6.8% (2.4%) 0.4% 42.5
147 Roseville 9.1% (3.9%) 1.7% 42.5
148 Cypress 4.0% (4.8%) 5.6% 42.5
149 Arcadia 0.4% (4.7%) 7.2% 42.5
150 Rancho Cordova 7.5% (6.6%) 6.6% 42.4
151 Mission Viejo 3.7% (6.4%) 8.0% 42.4
152 Benicia 4.3% (7.3%) 9.1% 42.3
153 Long Beach 4.0% (6.3%) 7.6% 42.3
154 Corcoran (3.5%) (7.8%) 13.7% 42.3
155 Pleasanton 10.1% (7.4%) 6.3% 42.3
156 La Presa 6.9% (3.9%) 2.3% 42.3
157 Antioch 8.9% (5.6%) 4.0% 42.2
158 Baldwin Park 2.8% (5.8%) 7.2% 42.2
159 Clovis 6.3% (10.9%) 13.3% 42.2
160 Belmont 7.5% (2.4%) (0.6%) 42.1
161 Fair Oaks 14.8% (12.5%) 11.4% 42.1
162 Corona 7.3% (5.9%) 4.6% 41.9
163 Suisun City 2.9% (3.8%) 3.5% 41.9
164 Glendora 1.7% (5.1%) 6.0% 41.8
165 Stockton 4.8% (4.6%) 3.7% 41.8
166 Rohnert Park 4.0% (4.8%) 4.3% 41.8
167 Atascadero 3.3% (4.9%) 4.9% 41.8
168 Orcutt 8.4% (10.7%) 11.3% 41.8
169 Millbrae 5.7% (4.4%) 2.7% 41.7
170 South San Francisco 5.8% (4.9%) 3.4% 41.7
171 Redlands 1.6% (7.0%) 8.6% 41.6
172 Valinda (2.4%) (10.7%) 16.0% 41.5
173 Lompoc 2.9% (7.8%) 9.0% 41.5
174 Orange 5.9% (7.8%) 7.6% 41.5
175 Thousand Oaks 4.8% (6.0%) 5.1% 41.5
176 Culver City 3.8% (3.7%) 2.1% 41.5
177 West Whittier-Los Nietos 3.6% (0.2%) (3.3%) 41.4
178 Huntington Park (0.7%) (2.0%) 1.6% 41.4
179 San Mateo 9.3% (4.3%) 0.1% 41.4
180 West Covina 2.2% (7.7%) 8.8% 41.4
181 West Puente Valley 5.1% (5.3%) 3.6% 41.3
182 Los Angeles 2.7% (5.6%) 5.2% 41.3
183 Laguna Beach (5.0%) (3.6%) 6.0% 41.3
184 Claremont 2.7% (8.1%) 9.0% 41.3
185 Alhambra 0.6% (3.9%) 3.6% 41.2
186 Burbank 1.7% (4.7%) 4.0% 41.1
187 Yuba City 7.9% (7.8%) 5.4% 41.0
188 Diamond Bar 2.2% (5.3%) 4.2% 40.9
189 Union City (1.1%) (1.3%) (0.3%) 40.9
190 San Bruno 4.8% (4.4%) 1.4% 40.8
191 La Verne (4.2%) (8.9%) 12.9% 40.8
192 El Cajon 11.4% (9.6%) 6.1% 40.7
193 Los Banos 7.1% (11.3%) 10.5% 40.6
194 Upland 7.1% (6.5%) 3.2% 40.6
195 Anaheim 4.8% (6.5%) 4.1% 40.5
196 South Lake Tahoe (6.7%) (13.0%) 19.6% 40.4
197 Alameda 6.2% (5.2%) 1.2% 40.4
198 Oceanside 1.1% (5.3%) 3.9% 40.4
199 Fontana 10.2% (11.9%) 9.4% 40.3
200 Sacramento 2.4% (6.9%) 5.5% 40.3
201 Torrance 5.3% (5.6%) 1.9% 40.2
202 Palm Desert (3.1%) (3.9%) 3.5% 40.2
203 Rialto 5.0% (10.4%) 9.4% 40.2
204 Perris 29.8% (9.2%) (4.7%) 40.2
205 Lomita 3.6% (6.2%) 3.6% 40.1
206 Lake Elsinore 15.7% (4.0%) (5.8%) 40.1
207 Brentwood 13.7% (3.9%) (5.0%) 40.1
208 Lodi 1.1% (3.5%) 0.4% 40.0
209 Napa 2.6% (4.9%) 1.8% 40.0
210 Los Altos 8.5% (5.1%) (0.8%) 40.0
211 Westminster 3.6% (6.5%) 3.7% 40.0
212 Cudahy (0.1%) (4.9%) 2.8% 39.8
213 Victorville 12.6% (8.5%) 2.0% 39.8
214 Gilroy 3.7% (7.9%) 5.4% 39.8
215 West Carson (9.4%) (8.4%) 12.8% 39.8
216 Rancho Santa Margarita 1.3% (2.0%) (2.7%) 39.7
217 Menlo Park 9.0% 1.9% (12.7%) 39.6
218 Rancho Cucamonga 1.4% (5.1%) 1.9% 39.6
219 Maywood (0.8%) (1.6%) (2.6%) 39.5
220 Lincoln (0.2%) (5.2%) 2.7% 39.5
221 Palmdale 11.6% (12.1%) 7.6% 39.5
222 Fairfield 6.8% (7.4%) 2.5% 39.5
223 Murrieta 10.2% (2.5%) (6.8%) 39.4
224 Lakewood 4.3% (7.5%) 3.8% 39.4
225 Montclair 6.9% (6.2%) 0.4% 39.3
226 Carson 3.7% (10.7%) 8.9% 39.2
227 Glendale (1.2%) (6.7%) 5.0% 39.2
228 Fullerton 6.0% (6.2%) 0.7% 39.2
229 Richmond 2.5% (2.1%) (4.1%) 39.2
230 Santa Ana (1.2%) (5.8%) 3.4% 39.1
231 Chino Hills 7.5% (8.6%) 3.5% 39.1
232 Lemon Grove 5.0% (4.2%) (2.3%) 39.0
233 Carmichael 19.7% (10.4%) (0.0%) 39.0
234 West Sacramento 6.0% (10.1%) 6.1% 38.9
235 Adelanto 11.5% (11.2%) 5.1% 38.9
236 Concord 2.3% (7.5%) 3.9% 38.9
237 Compton 8.0% (8.7%) 2.9% 38.8
238 Tracy 10.5% (9.7%) 3.1% 38.8
239 Paramount 3.7% (5.5%) (0.1%) 38.8
240 Riverside 8.1% (11.3%) 6.7% 38.7
241 La Puente 3.6% (9.9%) 6.6% 38.7
242 Seaside (2.0%) (5.8%) 2.9% 38.6
243 Rancho Palos Verdes 4.6% (0.4%) (8.8%) 38.6
244 Modesto 2.7% (6.3%) 1.2% 38.6
245 Calexico 4.6% (9.9%) 5.7% 38.5
246 Huntington Beach 1.4% (5.4%) 0.3% 38.4
247 Laguna Hills (0.4%) (5.6%) 1.2% 38.3
248 Imperial Beach (2.6%) (3.9%) (0.5%) 38.2
249 Colton 6.9% (9.5%) 3.5% 38.2
250 Menifee 11.0% (7.8%) (1.2%) 38.2
251 Hollister 4.8% (5.2%) (2.2%) 38.2
252 Arden-Arcade (4.7%) (9.2%) 8.5% 38.1
253 Atwater 8.4% (0.6%) (11.3%) 38.1
254 Rosemead 1.1% (6.4%) 1.2% 38.0
255 Fountain Valley 2.3% (4.5%) (2.9%) 37.7
256 Bay Point (2.9%) 6.0% (16.7%) 37.7
257 Fresno 7.3% (8.5%) 0.5% 37.6
258 La Mirada 1.6% (7.8%) 2.2% 37.5
259 Turlock 2.1% (6.6%) 0.1% 37.5
260 West Hollywood (3.7%) (2.0%) (4.2%) 37.5
261 Carlsbad 16.4% (13.4%) 3.5% 37.5
262 Lynwood 1.8% (5.3%) (1.9%) 37.4
263 Porterville 6.5% (11.1%) 4.5% 37.3
264 Sanger (1.3%) (15.7%) 15.4% 37.3
265 Inglewood 0.4% (8.2%) 2.8% 37.2
266 Stanton 4.7% (3.7%) (6.3%) 37.2
267 Rocklin 12.7% (10.5%) (0.0%) 37.0
268 Santa Cruz 8.4% (2.9%) (10.1%) 36.9
269 Hemet 15.2% (14.3%) 3.9% 36.7
270 Apple Valley 4.6% (9.0%) 0.9% 36.6
271 Pleasant Hill 4.5% (10.4%) 2.9% 36.5
272 Hesperia 12.7% (13.2%) 3.2% 36.5
273 Pomona 3.3% (10.4%) 3.4% 36.5
274 Rosemont (3.1%) (7.7%) 2.3% 36.5
275 Ceres 9.6% (7.1%) (5.0%) 36.4
276 Vallejo 1.2% (8.1%) 0.8% 36.4
277 Salinas 8.7% (6.9%) (5.1%) 36.2
278 Poway 2.4% (7.6%) (1.2%) 36.1
279 Citrus Heights 0.9% (10.0%) 2.9% 35.9
280 Wasco 10.3% (4.2%) (11.0%) 35.8
281 San Dimas 0.5% (10.2%) 2.9% 35.7
282 Vineyard 16.6% (5.7%) (11.9%) 35.7
283 Temecula 8.7% (10.4%) (1.0%) 35.6
284 Moreno Valley 8.9% (9.3%) (2.8%) 35.6
285 San Bernardino 7.3% (12.0%) 2.0% 35.5
286 Cathedral City (1.5%) (2.8%) (8.2%) 35.3
287 Tustin 8.5% (4.1%) (11.4%) 35.2
288 Lennox (4.3%) (7.5%) 0.1% 35.1
289 Brea 5.9% (4.7%) (9.3%) 35.1
290 Placentia 4.4% (6.9%) (5.4%) 35.0
291 San Pablo (2.2%) (10.8%) 3.8% 34.9
292 East Palo Alto (17.9%) (4.8%) 2.0% 34.8
293 Paradise (2.6%) (5.4%) (4.8%) 34.7
294 Ontario 0.8% (8.6%) (1.6%) 34.7
295 Manteca 6.8% (8.6%) (5.0%) 34.4
296 La Habra 5.6% (10.1%) (2.4%) 34.2
297 Yucaipa 6.9% (8.4%) (5.8%) 34.1
298 Fallbrook 10.4% (13.9%) 0.5% 33.9
299 Montebello 6.3% (8.8%) (5.9%) 33.6
300 Bellflower 5.9% (10.1%) (3.6%) 33.6
301 La Cañada Flintridge 5.0% (9.4%) (4.3%) 33.6
302 North Highlands 15.0% (12.4%) (4.7%) 33.6
303 Highland 8.5% (9.4%) (6.3%) 33.5
304 Vista 4.9% (9.9%) (4.1%) 33.3
305 Galt 5.0% (14.3%) 2.5% 33.2
306 Lawndale 5.3% (5.0%) (12.9%) 32.8
307 Selma 9.5% (13.8%) (1.4%) 32.7
308 Desert Hot Springs 16.3% (14.8%) (3.7%) 32.4
309 Azusa 5.8% (10.3%) (5.8%) 32.3
310 Bell 1.3% (9.3%) (5.3%) 32.2
311 Escondido 7.0% (10.7%) (6.5%) 31.9
312 Bell Gardens 1.9% (6.9%) (10.2%) 31.7
313 Rancho San Diego 18.0% (14.2%) (7.5%) 31.4
314 Port Hueneme 0.7% (6.5%) (12.3%) 30.6
315 San Marcos 13.9% (14.8%) (6.9%) 30.1
316 Soledad (3.1%) (4.7%) (14.9%) 29.8
317 Barstow (6.7%) (22.4%) 14.1% 29.6
318 Westmont (4.8%) (17.3%) 4.3% 29.1
319 Indio (6.2%) (15.8%) 2.6% 29.1
320 Oildale (4.8%) (7.6%) (13.4%) 27.7
321 Banning 7.2% (10.8%) (15.5%) 27.1
322 La Quinta (8.1%) (21.2%) 3.4% 24.5
323 Twentynine Palms (22.8%) (6.5%) (12.4%) 24.4
324 San Juan Capistrano 1.5% (8.6%) (23.5%) 23.1
325 Willowbrook (42.7%) (8.9%) (11.3%) 17.8

**Florin excluded from the top 10 list due to inconsistent census boundaries between 2009 and 2012.

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Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from these measures:

1. Population growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the working-age population (16+) comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 03.

2. Employment growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the percent of employed residents comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 03.

3. Income growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the median earnings for full-time workers comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table S2409.

We evaluated 325 cities, towns and census-designated places (CDPs) in California for this study.

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