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5 Fastest-Growing Cities in Southern California


Guest post by: Andres Martin

California Dreamin’ is more than just a song, and the fastest growing cities in Southern California prove just that. If you’re lucky enough to live in Southern California, you’re living the dream. From the beaches to the mountains to the desert, there’s a little bit of everything. Eight of the country’s 50 most-populated cities are in California. No surprise the state is eighth on LawnStarter’s Quality of Life Index, or that so many people are moving to SoCal.

Here are the five fastest-growing cities, by percentage of increase, in Southern California.

Chino Hills

2460 Collinas, Chino Hills, CA 91709
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Chino Hills is one of the safest places in the country. The FBI ranked it the city fourth-safest from violent crime. But that’s just one reason this city is the fastest growing in Southern California. Its population spiked 4.6 percent in 2017 — in part because of its location. Chino Hills is in San Bernardino County, but close to Los Angeles County, Orange County and Riverside County. It also has quite the view, set against the dramatic San Gabriel Mountains. The average income here is more than $97,000 a year, well above the U.S. average, and it’s not cheap to live here. But it looks like that isn’t stopping newcomers from moving in.


18 Shadybend, Irvine, CA 92602
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More than 276,000 people already call Irvine, California, home, and new neighbors are arriving all the time. Irvine saw a 3.4 percent rise in population, making it the second fastest growing city in Southern California. The suburban feel makes this Orange County city one of the best places for families to live in California. , About half of the people who live in Irvine rent their home; the other half owns. It’s also one of the healthiest cities in America.


1635 Beaver Creek #A, Beaumont, CA 92223
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The mountains are the backdrop in Beaumont, the third fastest growing city in Southern California. Beaumont is south of Southern California’s highest peak, the 11,503-foot-high San Gorgonio Mountain. Located in Riverside County, it’s not far from Palm Springs. The cost of living here is lower than in other cities in Southern California, and that makes buying a house with a yard in Beaumont, an attainable goal. Plus how can you beat the easy access to Big Bear and Mt. San Jacinto Park?

Aliso Viejo

7 Saddleridge, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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Aliso Viejo is nestled in the San Joaquin Hills in Orange County. It’s fairly young as cities go, incorporated in July of 2001. Nearly 50,000 people live here. One popular attraction? The Aliso and Woods Canyons Wilderness Park, which offers 4,500 acres for hikers, mountain bikers and anyone who enjoys nature. It’s also about 15 minutes from the beach and easy access to the 5 and toll roads. That’s part of the reason the population of Aliso Viejo rose 3.1 percent in 2018 

West Hollywood

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If you’re looking for a trendy Southern California city, look no further than West Hollywood. This is where you’ll find the legendary Sunset Strip and the famous Chateau Marmont. It’s also home to Melrose Avenue, featuring some of LA’s trendiest shops and restaurants. Santa Monica Boulevard has a number of LGBTQ bars and dance clubs. West Hollywood grew by about 2.5 percent in a year and counts as one of the hippest, most welcoming places in California.

If you look at sheer numbers, the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego grew by about 33,000 and 20,000 people last year. Since those SoCal cities already have populations in the millions, the growth percentages work out to be smaller than the official five fastest-growing cities in Southern California. There’s clearly something for everyone here. So stop dreaming and pack your bags. Southern California is calling.

Andres Marten is a travel and landscape writer for LawnStarter. He’s constantly on the move looking for the best places for exploring or living near natures finest. For more information about LawnStarter, visit



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